The Famous Castleconnell Salmon Fishery
There are eight beats on the fishery. Each beat is approx half a mile long and fishes three rods. A controlled flow of water is maintained from the parteen dam, which is situated three miles upstream of the fishery, this means that the water level never runs too low.
All legitimate fishing methods are allowed with the exception of Shrimp. A 14ft.double-handed rod is advised but a grilse rod will suffice on some of the beats.
The fishing season opens on the 1st February and ends on the 30th September. The fishery usually gets a few big Spring Salmon in Feb and March. April and May brings a good run of fish averaging 10-12lbs. These are known locally as "April flyers". The peak of the fishing is from mid May through to the end of July, this is the time of the main Grilse run on the river. Salmon will rest in some of the large pools throughout the season. In suitable conditions goof sport can be had right up to the end of the season.
Spinning is usually the most effective method until the end of March. After that date most anglers prefer to fish with the Fly. There is a short list of tried and trusted flies - "Gary Dog" - "Black Goldfinch" and the range of Shrimp patterns.