The west of Ireland – a semi-mountainous region with a mild, wet climate due to the dominant south-westerly wind and the influence of the Gulf Stream, the north-Atlantic oceanic current – is a paradise for those who love salmon and sea trout fishing in rivers and lakes.
The Owenduff (meaning “dark river” in Irish) is one of the particularly prolific waterways of north Mayo, a county in the west of Ireland.
The Owenduff drains a sloped basin of 32,000 acres, winding through one of the last untouched bogs in Western Europe which stretches from the ocean to the bare mountains (the Nephin Begs) that stand tall on the horizon.
The Owenduff is a private river and we own all fishing rights on the upper beat (both banks) for 7 kilometres. It is a medium-sized bog river with clear water running along a pebbled bed.
On the lower part of our beat, downstream from Blue Lodge – a cottage built on the riverbank where anglers will find a turf fire and shelter for lunch – the banks are planted with rhododendrons that colour the landscape a vibrant shade of purple.
Like almost all rivers in the west of Ireland, the Owenduff is a “spate river” ; when the water level rises the salmon swim upstream and are likely to bite !
There are several salmon runs on this river. The first is in spring, from early February; the next are the “grilses”, and lastly the autumn salmon.
The Owenduff is also an excellent sea trout river, which swim upstream from the month of June.
The Owenduff salmon, which may only be fly-fished, have a reputation for being easily lured, and you are almost always guaranteed a catch when the river’s water level rises.
Fishing on the Owenduff river
The fishing day ticket allows you to fish:
– Our beat of the Owenduff river (salmon and sea trout)
– the Bellaveeny river (sea trout) and
– lakes (brown trout) for which Rock House has fishing rights
For more information on the Bellaveeny and lake fishing, have a look at the Trout fishing page.
The day ticket in 2016 costs 80 Euros per day / per person (rod sharing is not permitted); each angler must also hold an Irish state fishing licence.
Please consult us for a special 8-day ticket pass or for group reservations.
Type of fishing allowed:
– on the Owenduff and the Bellaveeny: fly fishing only
salmon and sea trout: 1 February to 30 September 2016