Paddy Halpin reports from the River Feale…

There were few more fish caught on the Feale for the past week. To mention a few we had Buck in a pic last week holding a fish belonging to another angler and hoping to get a bit of luck from it and he had not long to wait when he got his season off to a start with his first ever Salmon on the fly weighing in at around 9lbs.

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Buck’s first salmon on a fly

Also in luck with the fly was visiting angler from Limerick, Eddie Corrie. He had a great fish of 12 lbs caught on a fly tied by himself. Stephen Moroney had his second of the year caught on a spinner. Bob Downey of Listowel got his first of the season as well this week on a fly a fish of 7lbs and John Moloney got his season off to a start with a fish of 8lbs caught on a spinner.

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A 12lb salmon for Eddie on one of his own flies

Water levels are staying good and strong and more suitable for spinning at the moment and with all the showers it looks like staying that way for the weekend.

Go fishing…

More about the Feale

The River Feale is among the outstanding salmon and sea trout rivers of Ireland. The River rises in the mountain district of North Co Cork and flows westerly for 75 km (46 miles) through the county towns of Abbeyfeale and Listowel and enters the sea south of Ballybunion. For the final 10 kms (6 miles) of its course, it is known as the Cashen River. Throughout its meandering journey to the sea it flows through a picturesque landscape of heather bog land, fertile valleys and rolling hills. Its main tributaries, flowing from both North and South, combine to add in excess of 160 kms (100 miles) of fishable waters.

About 50% of the main River Feale and the Smearlagh River is controlled by 5 angling clubs. These clubs are some of the best angling waters and each club offers day tickets for visiting anglers.

Download: River Feale angling map – River Feale Angling Map

Clubs

AbbeyFeale Anglers Association

The Abbeyfeale Anglers Club controls parts of the river between Abbeyfeale and Duagh.
Web: abbeyfealeanglersassociation.wordpress.com

North Kerry Anglers Association

North Kerry Anglers Association issues daily & weekly permits for fishing on 9 miles of the Feale & Smearlagh rivers.
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com

Killocrim/Finuge Angling Club

Killocrim/Finuge Angling Club control approximately 6.5 kms (4 miles) of water downstream of Listowel.
Web: killocrimfinugefishingclub.com

Brosna / Mountcollins Angling Club

Brosna / Mountcollins Angling Club control about 13 kms (8 miles) of double bank fishing from below the Owveg River confluence, up past Mountcollins, to within a short distance of Ahuan Bridge.
Permits are available from Brendan Danagher on +353 (0)64 663 6267

For any angling query please contact the Limerick office at [email protected] or by phone 061-300238.

Brown tags

Brown tag fishery: Under the salmon tagging regulations, this year the River Feale is designated as a brown tag fishery. Anglers must affix a brown tag along with a blue tag to any salmon which is retained. This means that salmon retained on the River Feale will have two tags attached. All brown tags (including 1st tag) will be issued from IFI officers ONLY . Please ring 087-7639236 to arrange to receive your first brown tag prior to commencing fishing

  • Additional brown tags will only be issued by IFI staff, they may be contacted at 087-7639236 and they will arrange to meet and issue an additional tag upon verification that the previous brown tag has been used, i.e. a fish has been caught and recorded in the logbook.
  • 1 brown tag will be issued at a time to each angler.
  • If you acquired a 1 day or 21 day licence which has expired, or you have finished fishing for the season, and you have not used the brown tag then this must be surrendered to an IFI officer prior to departure by phoning 087-7639236.  IFI would like to thank you for your co-operation with this.
  • If an angler has used his brown tag or doesn’t have a brown tag in his possession to use then he must fish catch and release methods, i.e.single barbless hook and no worms.
  • Brown tags will continue to be issued until the angling quota is reached.

To report a suspected pollution or poaching activity please contact the 24 hour hotline on 0818 34 74 24