Nigel Rush reports another spring salmon from the Kylemore Abbey Fishery on the Dawros River in Connemara. Seamus O’Neil was the lucky angler, landing a 9.25lbs fresh silver springer  in Lavelles Pool on the Lower River beat. The fish took a Collie Dog fly. This was the 5th fish of the season; last year there were only 4 caught to the end of May.


Seamus O'Neil with his 9.25lbs Kylemore salmon
Seamus O’Neil with his 9.25lbs Kylemore salmon


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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, as well as part of the Upper Lough, with the five and a half kilometres 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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