Monster salmon from Kylemore as conditions improve

Rain over the past week has brought life to Kylemore, with fresh fish running and decent fishing conditions at times. Rain on the 14th gave a nice spate, and the following day four rods landed eleven fish for the day, including five for Seamus O’Neil, two for Geoffrey Fitzjohn and three for fishery manager Nigel Rush, while Conor McCormick had a 5lbs grilse in the evening. The best fish was 7lbs, with most in the 3-4lbs range.

The following day there were four fish landed, including two for Neil Spellacy and son Donal, who landed his first salmon, a lovely fresh grilse. Steve Eustace also had a 7.5lbs fish, and Enda O’Connell landed a small grilse.


A proud Donal Spellacy with dad Neil and his first salmon.
A proud Donal Spellacy with dad Neil and his first salmon.


However, these catches were dwarfed by the salmon Nigel himself landed from the Rock Pool on Monday. The biggest fish off the fishery in many years, the 19bs 12oz salmon was just shy of specimen weight and took a small Collie Dog. Unfortunately the fish had taken the fly deep and was bleeding heavily when landed so could not be revived, but what a catch! The impressive fish was 35 inches long, with a girth of 21 inches.


Nigel Rish with a 19lbs 12oz salmon from Kylemore Abbey Fishery.
Nigel Rish with a 19lbs 12oz salmon from the Kylemore Abbey Fishery.


Go fishing…
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Hidden away between the mountains of Connemara and the Atlantic ocean, the Kylemore Abbey fishery is a wild and beautiful place. Kylemore Abbey Fishery consists of the Kylemore Middle and Castle lakes, as well as part of the Upper Lough, with the five and a half kilometres of the Dawros river which enters the sea in Ballynakill bay.  Salmon and sea-trout run for a good proportion of the year to provide first class fishing on uncrowded waters.

The open panoramas of the lakes contrast with the intimacy of the river to give a variety of fishing combined with stunning scenery unrivalled anywhere in Ireland. Although offering an excellent chance of a fish for most of the season, you will find the real meaning of “a fish is a bonus” at Kylemore.
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By Kevin Crowley

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