Good news from Kylemore Abbey Fishery, where the first salmon of 2019 was landed over on Friday. Fishery manager Nigel Rush reports:

Geoffrey Fitzjohn has kicked off our 2019 season with our first fish of the year. At 4lb 9oz certainly not the largest first fish but neither is it the smallest in recent years, when I landed a 3.5lbs fish on 1st June 2016.

The fish fell to a Black Shrimp in Upper Eugenes pool. This is the third year in succession that the first salmon has been landed on the 15 March, and in this case, a hat trick for Geoffrey.

Seamus O’Neil also had a near landing, losing a good fish in the Lunch Pool on the Lower River on Friday, and last week, I turned a good fish in Tullywee Bridge Pool so… there are a few fish around.


Go fishing…

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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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