Salmon Fishing on the Bandon River
Wild Atlantic Salmon have
been migrating back to the Bandon River for hundreds of years.
Every year these amazing fish make their return journey from
the North Atlantic Sea and travel back to the very rivers they hatched in.
The Bandon River is well known locally for its ability to produce big
salmon with many double figure fish weighing up to 15lb to 20lb
are caught every
The fishing season
starts from February 15th to September 30th after which the
season closes to enable the fish to complete their important
journey to spawn.
The river is best fished
for salmon after much rain has fallen (during a dropping flood
which in turn encourages the salmon to run the river. Salmon flies
that work well are the Hairy Mary, Silver Doctor, Cascade,
Collie Dog and Black Silver etc.. Our friendly and experienced
fishing guides can help you out by arranging your fishing
permit, taking you to the best pools and offer helpful advise on
tactics and fly selection.
In Ireland Atlantic Salmon are enshrined as a protected fish
under strict EU and Irish laws. A salmon fishing licence is
required if you are to fish for salmon. Gill tags are provided
with your licence which may entitle you to keep some fish for
eating depending on the local bye laws in place. These licences
are available to buy in most local tackle stores. The State Body
in charge of our fisheries is Inland Fisheries Ireland, who
protect our countries waterways and resident fish.
Rod & Line
The Bandon is a small to medium
sized spate river so there is no need for a large 14/15 foot
double handed spey rod. A 13 foot 10/11 weight double handed fly
rod is ideal for the Bandon when salmon fishing. Floating line
is the preferred line of choice. If you need to get the fly down
deep then we recommend you use an attachable sinking tip line.
Fishing for Salmon
We provide helpful,
knowledgeable and friendly fishing guides who know the river
very well. Whether your are a beginner or experienced salmon fly
fisherman, our guides are on hand to help you catch that fish
and provide tuition if needed.