West Cork rivers were still producing some fresh salmon in the 4-6lb range last week despite low water on some rivers. The Ilen saw about 10 peel landed by local anglers, mostly from the tidal stretch.
Club member Amy Kennedy was amongst the lucky anglers catching here first ever salmon. She also caught and released a sea trout and a brown trout. One visiting angler caught and released 3 salmon on Sunday.
The River Ilen is a medium size spate river that fishes best on a dropping flood for both salmon and sea trout. Spinning, worm and fly fishing are the methods used and allowed on club water.
The river is beautiful and a joy to fish, pools along club waters are easily accessible with seats, steps and stiles put in place for the anglers comfort. With selective tree pruning done along the river in recent years fly fishing has become a more available option especially on the lower river with numerous pools opened up to suit fly fishermen, night time fly fishing for sea trout is a pleasure with great stocks of trout entering the river from April.