Angling Bandon River
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BandonRiver.com, Market Quay, Kinsale, Cork, Republic of Ireland
The River Bandon rises in the Shehy Mountains in West Cork and flows through Dunmanway, Enniskeane, Bandon and Inishannon, to Kinsale Harbour. This is primarily a salmon and sea trout river, but there are also brown trout in the lower reaches.
The salmon fishing on The River Bandon extends all the way from Inishannon upstream, to Desert Bridge and becomes more spread out further up. There is a good run of spring fish which peaks in April.
The grilse run occurs at the end of June and water levels can be critical for good fishing. There is also a very good run of big fresh fish in August and September and this is again dependent on good water. Devon spinners and worms work well in spring. The most popular local flies are the Hairy Mary, Silver Wilkinson, Silver and Blue and Garry Dog.
The river gets an excellent run of sea trout commencing in early July and lasting through August. A large number of sea trout are taken on the free waters of the estuary right up to Innishannon Bridge. The usual sea trout flies are the most effective, Peter Ross, Teal Blue and Silver and Bloody Butcher.
There is professional instruction for brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing and anglers of all ages and ability are welcome.