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    The Dawros Fishery, sometimes called the Kylemore Fishery, runs alongside the Leenane/Letterfrack road, about 7 miles west of Leenane. The fishery is comprised of the Dawros River, Bunnaboghee Lough (Castle Lough), Pollacapul Lough (Middle Kylemore Lough) and Kylemore Lough.

    Aerial view of Castel Lough, Kylemore Abbey and mountains in background.
    Castle Lough. Photo courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

    Most of the fishing on the Dawros River is owned by Kylemore Abbey, who have permits available for visitors. Salmon and sea trout are caught on the river, with the best fishing in the vicinity of Tullywee Bridge. It fishes best following a spate, but also has a number of very good holding pools in lower water, including the Rock Pool, Bridge Pool, Joyce’s Pool and Lavelle’s Pool. Fly fishing is the only permitted method on the river.

     

    River flowing through native woodland
    The Upper River Dawros

    The lakes upstream of the river are jointly owned by Kylemore House and Kylemore Abbey. Both have boats for hire. Castle Lough and Middle Lough are controlled by the abbey, and the main lake is split between both owners.

    Salmon

    There is a run of spring salmon from April, continuing through May, and grilse run the river in June and July. The lakes fish well from July on, with the best fishing in August and September. Flyfishing is the only method permitted on the lakes.

     

    Angler fishing on the riverbank
    Fishing the lower Dawros River.

    Sea Trout

    The fishery gets a run of sea trout, although they are not as plentiful as in former times, with fish averaging 0.5lbs Current legislation requires that all sea trout are released alive.

    Season

    • Salmon: 1 February to 30 September
    • Sea trout: 1 June to 30 September
    • Brown Trout: 15 February to 12 October
    Angler fishing the river with rod bent and playing a fish
    Into a fish on the lower river.

    Contact

    Kylemore Abbey, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
    Tel: +353 (0) 95 41156 (office)

    or

    Kylemore House, Kylemore, Connemara, Co. Galway
    Tel: +353 (0)95 41143 or +353 (0)87 2057291
    Email: kylemorehouse333@gmail.com