Rock House also holds fishing rights to the Bellaveeny river, a small inshore river that joins the sea south of Ballycroy village.
Fishing on the Bellaveeny river is best at the lower section, where the influence of the tides can be felt; this encourages the sea trout to swim upstream, and on the Bellaveeny they are much larger than the Irish average.
Just like the Owenduff, only fly fishing is permitted on the Bellaveeny.
We especially welcome fly fishers, both beginners and experienced anglers. Accompanying visitors who do not fish will not be forgotten, however ; upon arrival at Rock House they will receive a tourist guide to the region and several Ordnance Survey maps that will ensure they have the resources to take full advantage of their trip.
Fishing days are entirely dedicated to fly fishing (no kill) in rivers (and lakes), for brown trout and sea trout.
You will have at your disposal a vast fishing territory, encompassing the Bellaveeny river (and the many lakes around the Rock House Estate) as well as the Carigeen river around 45 minutes from Rock House.
The Carigeen river is a plentiful trout river, ranging in breadth from ten to fifteen metres, with plenty of deep pools and currents that are perfect for wet, dry and nymph fly fishing. It is not rare to see a fish measuring 40cm!
For no extra cost, you also have the option of a half day of fishing (or more depending on availability and the decision of your guide) salmon and sea trout on our private beat (seven kilometres, both banks) of the Owenduff, one of the best rivers in the west of Ireland for Atlantic salmon fishing.
The Loughs (lakes)
We own fishing rights for approximately a hundred lakes across the 34,000 acres of Rock House Estate.
The lakes vary in surface area from one to twenty square kilometres, and are home to natural brown trout populations and occasionally Arctic char.
Fly fishing is perfect for the area, and is very similar to that practiced in the mountain lakes in France.
The size of the fish varies from one lake to another, and depends on the shape and form of the lake and its biotope, but it is not rare to catch fish measuring between 20 and 45 cm.
All fly fishing techniques can be practiced (wet, nymph, streamer) and the combativeness of the fish populations in these lakes will certainly surprise more than one.
Access: certain lakes are easily accessed while others require more effort, and visitors will have to go on a long walk through the peat bogs stretching for miles to the foothills of the Nephin Begs before they reach their spot.
For fans of wild open spaces, we organise trips in bivouacs for two or more days, allowing you to fish off the beaten track and experience complete freedom while fishing, a rare thing in Europe. Ask us for more information.
Finally, the variety of tastes in fishing is eclectic: you will have the possibility of exploring – just nearby – some excellent shore fishing spots, or spend a fishing day on a boat on one of the biggest pike lakes less than an hour and a half from Rock House. Talk to us for more information.
Rates for trout fishing holidays
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|Price per angler
based on two anglers with guide
These rates include (depending on length of stay):
– Accommodation at Rock House for three, four or five nights in a twin room and breakfast and picnic lunch basket.
– Access to our trout fishing trail for two, three or four days and the services of a French fishing guide (resident in Ireland) for two anglers and for a duration of two, three or four nights.
– State fishing permit (obligatory) for fishing migratory fish, valid for the duration of your stay.
– Access to our salmon and sea trout river fishing trail on the Owenduff River for a half day (more if available) and for no extra cost.
If you have no equipment, we can loan you fly fishing rods, reels, waders and small equipment at no extra charge.
Our rates do not include:
– Transport to Rock House
– Vehicle rental
– Evening meals at Rock House (unless booked in advance and generally limited to groups of four or more, – 25 euro extra per person, excluding alcoholic beverages).
Contact us for group rates for more than two anglers and for longer stays at Rock House.
Fishing season begins on 15 February each year and ends on 30 September for salmon and 12 October for sea trout.
However, please not that while brown trout are plentiful from early in the season, sea trout only begin to swim upstream in late spring; this is why anglers particularly interested in fishing sea trout should visit from the month of June, for greater chances of catching them.
Recommended fishing equipment
Trout and sea trout: 9” rod minimum, 5 or 6 WF or TT line, preferably floating.
Light-duty spinning reel spooled with 100m 20lb backing, 14-20/100 leader.
Lures: see the photos of our selection of wet and dry flies and nymphs such as “oreille de lièvre”, Black Pennell, etc., but feel free to bring your own lures as the flies used in elsewhere can also work well in Ireland.
Pair of waders. Fine mesh landing net to avoid injuring the fish.