The Bandon Angling Association reports that not may salmon have been caught on the river yet this season. The first confirmed springer was caught and released on March 5th using a Dee Monkey fly tied on an aluminium tube. The second fish was not landed until March 20th and also fell to the fly. However, conditions have been good recently and few fresh salmon have come up on the tides. Leon Costello caught this fresh 12.6lb fish up river on Thursday 03 April. The springer fell to a Flying C.
Jason Nash was also trying a Flying C for salmon on Thursday – though he had rather different results. The spinner, intended for a salmon, hooked a hungry trout, which in turn was taken by an otter! Despite reeling frantically to avoid the determined predator, all that came to the bank was the unfortunate fish’s head.
Report courtesy of the Bandon Angling Association
The River Bandon is a most scenic and prolific game fishing river flowing through some of the most picturesque country side in West Cork. It’s source is a few miles north west of Dunmanway from where it flows through that town and and on through the villages of Ballineen, Enniskeane, Kilcoleman, Bandon and Innishannon where it become tidal and widens into an estuary before meeting the sea past Kinsale.
Day tickets are available – http://www.bandonangling.com/visitors.html