In the middle of the county, about halfway between the city of Galway and Athlone, Ballinderry Park is an ideal location for quiet, interesting fly-fishing holidays and relies equally on the Shannon and Corrib river systems whose headwaters are only a few miles apart. The rivers and lakes in the area are particularly good for wild brown trout, with a wide choice of different water to suit all preferences and conditions.
We arrange permits and maps, and ghillies if required – and provide picnic lunches each day. You will need a Salmon License if you intend fishing for salmon or seatrout and this is always a worthwhile precaution even though it is not required for brown trout fishing.
There are a number of excellent trout streams in the vicinity. Several of are chalk streams with a good Mayfly hatch, at least three are within a ten-minute drive and, while others are further away, even the most remote are still all within easy reach.
The nearby Bunowen, one of the small rivers flowing eastwards into the River Suck (part of the Shannon system) ‘has the potential to be one of the finest trout rivers in the country.’ This, the gin-clear Killegla and the Ballyarda are also strongly recommended until the middle of May, when weed becomes something of a problem.
Flowing westwards into the Corrib system and thence into Galway Bay are the Clare River (spring salmon, grilse and first rate brown trout), the very beautiful Abbert (one of the favourite trout streams of the legendary fishing writer J. R. Harris, with fish up to 3lb in weight) and the Grange (brown trout up to 3lb and the occasional grilse). Access to these rivers is easy, bridges are frequent and you are never far from your car.
Further south are the Dunkellin and Raford rivers, which flow directly into Galway Bay at Kilcolgan. These rivers also have a run of seatrout in July and early August.
We are also within thirty minutes of two of Ireland’s premier brown trout lakes, Ree and Derg. Lough Corrib, perhaps the best known of all, is a little further away but this is still within easy reach and well worth a trip. Closer still (less than twenty minutes) is Loughrea, a mile long lake, ringed by hills, beside the town of that name.
While lake fishing is considered most exciting during the Mayfly hatch, which usually occurs during the first three weeks of May, these lakes also fish well until late in the season.
Finally, for those who wish to get in some additional practice on rainbow trout, there is also a well-stocked lake within two miles of the house.
Our weekly rates are €990, which includes accommodation and all meals – though naturally drinks are extra. This does not include the cost of a salmon license or the cost of club membership or a gillie, if required. Club membership is nominal while gillies charge in the region of €75 per day (usually shared between two rods). Once you have found your way around the local rivers you may prefer to ‘go it alone’ but a ghillie and boat are always required if you are lake fishing for trout. This costs about €150 per day, again shared between two rods.
Shorter stays can be arranged at €200 per day (1-2 days fishing, staying three nights) or €175 per day (3-4 days fishing, staying five nights) while a further reduction is possible for fishermen (or women) who are prepared to share a double or twin room. Finally, there is no strict need to start the week on a particular day so you can time your arrival and departure to suit yourselves, again always subject to availability.