Fishery manager Nigel Rush reports on some superb fishing: Three weeks ago we boasted our best ever week having landed 32 fish for a mere 23.5 rod days and from there on, we had nothing but brilliant sunshine and ever dropping water levels.

Last Wednesday saw us graced with rain for the day. Not much but enough to leave the river in a flood something akin to the Willie Wonka chocolate factory. By Thursday it had cleared to decent fishing level and once again another record was broken. The river produced 16 fish for just 3.5 rod days giving top anglers Neil Spellacy 6 fish to 8lb, and Geoffrey Fitzjohn another 6 fish for his day’s effort. One other fish for Jeremy Shanahan and Steve Eustace and a further two for Denis McMurray.

Water levels were good for the next day but thundery weather allowed us just one fish.

We ended up with 18 salmon for the week for just 13.5 rod days…good going!

Big rains are due for Wednesday so hopefully more fish in the offing.

To book fishing contact Nigel at 095 41178, or mobile 087 9580702, and for latest news check the website at

Kevin Crowley IFI


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To book fishing at Kylemore Abbey, contact Nigel  on 095 41178, or mobile 087 9580702, and for latest news check the website at

Hidden away between the mountains of Connemara and the Atlantic ocean, the Kylemore Abbey fishery is a wild and beautiful place. Kylemore Abbey Fishery consists of the Kylemore Middle and Castle lakes, with five and a half miles of the Dawros river which enters the sea in Ballynakill bay.  Salmon and sea-trout run for a good proportion of the year to provide first class fishing on uncrowded waters.

The open panoramas of the lakes contrast with the intimacy of the river to give a variety of fishing combined with stunning scenery unrivalled anywhere in Ireland. Although offering an excellent chance of a fish for most of the season, you will find the real meaning of “a fish is a bonus” at Kylemore.

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