Owenmore Fishery in Kerry Ireland
The Owenmore River in Kerry is one of the most unspoilt fisheries in Western Europe in a truly spectacular location on the Dingle Peninsula, comprising an entire river from source to sea.
- Includes 9 lakes
- 5 miles of fly fishing
- Over 300 acres of unspoilt countryside in Kerry, Ireland
- Abundant with Atlantic salmon, grilse, sea trout and resident brown trout
While fly fishing in Kerry you will enjoy this unique and unspoilt area consisting of the entire Owenmore River from its source high on the eastern slopes of Mount Brandon down to the wonderful sandy estuary of Brandon Bay on the Kerry peninsula. The river itself is a spate river draining nine lakes and a 17 square mile catchment area while the fishery is renowned for fly fishing in Ireland with its wonderful supply of salmon, grilse, brown trout and sea trout in its holding pools and lakes. This wild and beautifully scenic spot in Kerry is surrounded by bog and mountains and remains wholly unspoilt by development. The geographical features of Owenmore are quite unique with two unusual corrie lakes and Mount Brandon (the second highest mountain in Ireland), where the glacial ice was once 800 feet deep. A truly unique destination for fly fishing in Ireland.
Fly Fishing in Ireland on the Owenmore River
There are approximately five miles of fly fishing along the main part of the Owenmore River in Kerry, with 33 named pools and an additional 180 acres of lake fishing in this Kerry beauty spot. The salmon, grilse and sea trout begin to run in April. The runs continue through spring and summer into early October. The major valley bottom lakes are visited by both Atlantic salmon and sea trout. These migrating fish spend the summer and autumn months in the lakes before their winter spawning period. The higher lakes are populated by resident brown trout, with Arctic char also reported. All the fish in the Owenmore system are wild stock and the fishery is entirely self-sustaining.
"After five minutes I had my first Owenmore trout"
The following is an article that appeared in the .... Magazine
I got a phone call recently from Frank Maunsell, the fishery manager of the Owenmore Fishery in Clahane, Co Kerry, looking for a specific salmon fly rod. After doing a deal with Frank, the conversation inevitably turned to fishing. He proceeded to tell me about the numbers of salmon that were running into the system after the floods and then he added "Plenty of sea trout are coming in off every tide as well." Hold it! Reverse! Did you say "sea trout"? I had often heard about the fishery, but never fished it. Frank then uttered those magic words: "Why don't you come down for a day's fishing and drop in my double-handed rod?"
The fishery is situated in the southwest corner of Kerry, overlooked by Mount Brandon, and made up of several small mountain loughs and the Owenmore River. It is easily accessed by road and the scenery is breathtaking as it lies up in the mountains and overlooks Brandon Bay, into which it flows five miles downstream. (Read More)
The following catch records are from Peter O'Reilly's 4th Edition of 'Rivers of Ireland'
In 1998 it produced 90 salmon and 590 sea trout
In 1997 it produced 26 salmon and 259 sea trout
In 1996 it produced 168 salmon and 582 sea trout
The Boats on the two lakes were booked out at the week end by the same group. The White Lake fished very well on Saturday and Finnertys was a bit dour - there were only a few fish caught in it. The lads on the White Lake said they met fish on every drift. The fish averaged a lb to 1 1/2 lbs and they reckoned they landed over 25. They saw one fish of about 5 lbs jumping in the water and two or three good fish came to the fly and swirled and left it. That has been happening all the year. We had a flash flood yesterday and the river rose by 18 inches so with the constant showers it will fish well for the next few days. A lot of the fish caught in the lakes over the week end were bars of silver which means they are still running straight through.