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    The River Fane

    CATCH AND RELEASESeason: Salmon and Sea trout 1st March to October 12th.

    The headwaters of the River Fane comprise of a series of small tributaries, which rise in Counties Monaghan and Armagh. These include the Frankfort and the Mullaghaduff Rivers and they flow into Lough Muckno at Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. Between Lough Muckno and Lough Ross the river is known as the Clarebane River, which is deep and slow flowing.

    The Fane proper, originates from Lough Ross which straddles the border between Monaghan and Armagh. In total, the Fane flows in a S.E. direction for 60 kilometers before entering the Irish sea at the sea-side village of Blackrock, Co. Louth. The best of the salmon fishing takes place in its middle to upper reaches from just below Stephenstown Bridge to Iniskeen in Co. Monaghan.

    The Fane gets a good run of salmon and sea trout with salmon averaging 8lbs to 10lbs in weight and sea trout averaging around the 1lb. Of course bigger fish can be taken. Sea-trout fishing can be good from the end of May and around McKenna’s Bridge is a favourite stretch. The main run of salmon arrives to the Fane late in the season and the best fishing generally takes place in September and October. However, fish can be taken from July onwards.

    Salmon fishing can be dependent on water levels and floods can clear reasonably quickly. Riparian owners and a number of angling associations, some of which have day permits available, control fishing.

    Location: Co. Louth, Monaghan and Co. Armagh. The main towns and villages are Dundalk, Blackrock, Knockbridge and Iniskeen.

    Fish Species: The River Fane gets a run of salmon and sea trout.


    • It is prohibited to use any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks
    • It is prohibited to use worms as bait in angling for all species of fish


    Angling Tip: Many of the well known pools are heavily fished so the pools upstream of Iniskeen can produce salmon after a flood.


    (1) Railway Pool (2) Boiling Pool (3) Garden Pool (4) Craigs Pool (5) Mill Pool (6) Joes Pool

    (7) Fitzgeralds Pool (8) Swingbridge Pool (9)Hall Pool (10)Narrow Neck Pool (11) Turn Hole

    (12)Duffys Pool (13) Mill Pool (14)Peppers Wall (15) Mulhollands Pool (16) The Splink  (17)Kearneys

    Angling Clubs

    Dundalk Salmon Anglers are by far the biggest club and control a large section of water with the majority of angling being mainly for salmon and sea trout. Further information on this Association can be obtained from the Secretary, Mr. Warren Corry.
    dundalksalmonanglers@gmail.com web: www.dundalksalmonanglers.com or Follow on Facebook

    There is also a club, which controls the Ballintra fishery below Iniskeen, but this is strictly private.

    Dundalk Brown Trout Anglers also control waters on the Fane and further information on the club is available from Secretary, Paddy Tennyson, Green Acre Road, Newtownbalregan, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: +353 86 8405653  email: info@browntroutanglers.com  web: www.browntroutanglers.com

    The Village Anglers in Iniskeen also control stretches of water on the Fane.
    Permits for the Village Anglers and further information can be obtained from:

    Paddy Keenan, Tel: +353 (0)87 2746755 email: paddykeenan1967@gmail.com


    Guide Services

    For details of guided fishing on the Fane and fly casting tuition please contact

    Local tackle dealers:


    Inland Fisheries Ireland, 15a Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Tel: 01 2787022. E-mail: blackrock@fisheriesireland.ie


    Gleneven Guesthouse, Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan.
    Tel: +353 (0)42 9378294 Fax: 353 42 9378294
    email: info@gleneven.com    web: www.gleneven.com

    Further Information

    For further information please contact,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland,
    3044 Lake Drive
    Citywest Business Campus
    Dublin 24

    Tel: +353 1 2787022 email: dublin@fisheriesireland.ie