Fishing in the West of Ireland
Waterfall Cottage is located at the heart of Ireland’s finest fly-fishing country, where the quarry are salmon, brown trout and white trout (also known as sea trout or sea-run browns).
On the doorstep is one of Ireland most famous fisheries, Delphi, comprising a chain of beautiful lakes and a mile of river fishing. Famous for its gin-clear waters, it has great guides and an unusually long season from February to September.
Further along the road to Leenane, there’s the mighty Erriff river, noted for its salmon fishing between June and September. It fishes best for a few days after heavy rain.
There are several other river and lake systems that can be worth a day trip, most notably the fisheries at Kylemore Abbey, Lough Inagh, Ballynahinch and Newport. In general, the wetter the weather, the better the salmon fishing. June to September are the best months.
For trout fishing, there is no more authentic west-of-Ireland experience than taking a local guide and a traditional wooden boat for a day on Lough Corrib, with a lunchtime picnic on one its many islands. March to September are the preferred months.
There are also excellent sea fishing trips out of Westport and Clifden.