From the Bandon River Jason Nash reports that three was some excellent fishing last week…

After a rise of a nearly a metre in water levels early in the week, some excellent fishing was experienced on the Bandon River. In all, there were at least 70 salmon reported caught with many also lost. Fly and spinner were the preferred methods for the week with some anglers reporting days of 3 fish to their own rod.

It was encouraging to see many salmon also being returned, especially those which were in the river for a while.

The size of fish has also been impressive, with a few more caught in the mid teens. The best of all though was a fresh hen salmon caught and released by a vey experienced club member which was estimated to weigh around 22lb.

Water levels have now dropped back and it is inevitable catches will also slow down as a result until we get more rain again. Hopefully we also see the main run of grilse come in shortly.

bandon salmon
A 9lb fish ready for release

Go fishing

River Bandon

Bandon Angling Association have set up a guiding service in conjunction with Jason Nash, Peter Aspinwall and Phil Dewey. Details of the guiding service are provided on the website and they are looking forward to making memories and enhancing people’s fishing experiences on the river Bandon. Day tickets and club membership are also available.

Dunmanway Salmon & Trout Anglers Association have 10 miles of fishing between Togher Castle and Manch Bridge (Fly Only). Day / Season tickets from Dunmanway Salmon & Trout Anglers Association +353 (0)23-8855196

Ballineen and Enniskeane Anglers have 4 miles of fishing and day tickets are available for visiting anglers. Day tickets available from Tom Fehily grocers in Bridge Street, Ballineen. Tel:  +353 23 47173