Simon Ashe gives us an update on how things are going at Ballynahinch Fishery:

August has really turned out to be a memorable month at Ballynahinch with over 70 salmon landed, including only 3 blank days in the register where no fish were taken.  The sheer number of resident salmon within the Castle Stretch is really fantastic.

Favourable weather conditions and near perfect water levels brought some very good fishing over the past week with a good deal of salmon landed.  The two best fish were taken by mother-daughter combination, Ann Corcoran and Roseanne O’Grady-Walshe.  Mrs Corcoran took a fabulous 8.25lb cock salmon from the tail of Ranji’s Rock whilst Roseanne landed an equally impressive 8lb fish from the stream of Beat 1.  Both anglers were ably assisted by Cyril Biggins.

Other captors for the week include Robin Carr, Ewan and Jamie Guinness, Frank Flaherty, Tom McManus and Vincent Foley.  Sna Beg and Beat 1 proved to be the most successful locations.

Prospects for September

With September just over the horizon, we are predicting this really impressive season to continue at Ballynahinch.  Many of the resident fish tend to get more active as the month progresses and we have a tendency to take larger salmon during the month also.  Water levels are perfect at the moment and the weather does not appear to be settling; which is good news for the anglers!

Fishing Reservations for 2013

The final ten days of September are nearly booked out at this stage, however, we still have some space up until then.  Contact the hotel reception on 095 31006 to make fishing reservations.

Simon Ashe
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess, Connemara,
Co. Galway, Ireland

Go fishing…

The Ballynahinch Catchment drains an area of 68 square miles and is a diverse system of interconnected loughs and rivers, drained by the Ballynahinch River and offering the very best of fly fishing in Ireland. This majestic river, with fishing rights owned exclusively by the Ballynahinch Estate, winds its way underneath the Castle for three kilometres until it reaches the wild Atlantic Ocean at Bertraghboy Bay,Connemara Ireland. All salmon and sea trout entering this magnificent system must swim up this river through the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Estate giving Ballynahinch its world-renowned reputation as a famous salmon and sea trout fishery.

To book fishing contact the castle at 095 31006, or check