Brian McGuinness reports for Killocrim-Finuge Fishing Club on the River Feale…

Playing a kelt
Playing a kelt – anglers are reminded that kelts should be handled with care and allowed to recover fully before releasing

02 March: So the first of March has come and gone and no sign of a fresh fish just yet. Water conditions yesterday were unsuitable and only a few brave souls ventured out. Conditions were much better today with the river dropping off nicely. The usual kelts provided a bit of sport as the water came right. Please remember to take care when returning these fish.

The coming days should see a fresh fish caught with the water getting towards that optimum level. The temperature is very cold fluctuating between 4.5 – 5 so fish will be hugging the bottom. Tight Lines

Casting03 March: Still no sign yet but it can’t be far away, perfect water today and for next few days with weather set fair.

Brian McGuinness on the Feale
Brian McGuinness releases the first salmon of the year for Killocrim-Finuge Fishing Club on the Feale

4 March: Fabulous fly water today, crystal clear. Congratulations to Brian McGuinness for the first fish on club waters, lovely 12lb bar of silver on the fly – returned safely.

Brian is the winner of the inaugural “Dan Joy Memorial Cup” for first fish of the season. Well done Brian!

River Feale
River Feale – lots of well mended kelts about this year.

05 March: Fished the streams this morning with James Allman, perfect water. Hopefully it holds good for anyone hoping to fish this weekend. Well worth a cast. Still a good few kelts around if you catch one handle with care and pop them straight back in as quickly as possible. Tight lines if your heading out.

Go fishing…

More about the Feale

The River Feale is catch and release for 2020. 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. for more information see: Salmon fishin on the River Feale

Download: River Feale angling map – River Feale Angling Map


AbbeyFeale Anglers Association

The Abbeyfeale Anglers Club controls parts of the river between Abbeyfeale and Duagh.

North Kerry Anglers Association

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

Killocrim/Finuge Angling Club

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

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.