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Skibbereen Fishing

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FISHING ON THE RIVER ILEN

Also very popular in Skibbereen is Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing on the Ilen River. The River Ilen is a medium sized spate river about 21 miles (33kms.) long and flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in West Cork. A large part of the river is managed by the River Ilen Anglers' Club based in Skibbereen. The season for Salmon & Sea Trout opens on February 15th and closes on September 30th for Salmon and on October 12th for Sea Trout.

SALMON

Spring Salmon begin to move into the river during March. The main runs of Salmon occur in April, May, June. From June continuing on through July, August and September there are steady runs of grilse known locally as peal. In August and September the Autumn Salmon appear. Salmon average about 8-10 lbs (4 kgs) and grilse 4-5 lbs (2 kgs). Salmon at 10-15 lbs (5-7kgs) are not uncommon and larger fish up to 21 lbs(10kgs) have been taken. As with sea-trout, the best runs and fishing is when the river is in pate and the Spring tides are on..

SEA TROUT

Runs of sea-trout into this river have remained steady over recent years. They begin to move into the lower beats during March. During April, May and June there are runs of fish averaging about 2 lbs(1 kg) with some up to 4 lbs (1.8 kgs). July, August, and September sees the run of 'juniors' as they are known locally, fish averaging 1 lb (.4 kgs) with superb fighting qualities.

METHODS

For Salmon and Grilse, A Good Summer Grilsespinning and worming is favoured by local anglers. On some stretches and following a spate, the fly can be very effective. The use of prawn and shrimp is not permitted. Worm fishing begins on March 1 st until September 30th.

During the day sea-trout are taken on light tackle with worm and small spinners. The fly is most effective on a windy day. However, the cream of sea-trout fishing is with the fly from dusk onwards. There is a great variety of suitable pools and no restrictions as to night fishing are imposed on visitors.

FREEDOM TO WANDER

Angling on the River Ilen has its own special charm. The river has great variety and beauty. Not confined to beats, the angler can relax and wander freely, surrounded by nature. Sightings of heron, duck, kingfishers, various song birds, bats, mink and otters are quite common, and the fox and badger are never far away.

ABOUT SKIBBEREEN

If angling is to be combined with a family holiday, Skibbereen is an ideal centre from which to explore scenic West Cork. As a town it is go ahead and welcoming, well provided with amenities and sevices, inviting shops, attractive restaurants and bars, a public library, indoor sports-centre, golf links, children's playground and of course the beach is only a few miles away.

Full details of the wide range of holiday activities available in West Cork holiday centres such as Skibbereen and Baltimore are available from the Tourist Office, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

FISHING LICENCES AND CLUB TICKETS

BFishing Licences and club tickets are required to fish salmon and sea-trout. There is no brown trout fishing on the river.

INFORMATION ABOUT ANGLING

State licences, club permits, maps, club angling regulations, information about the river and angling methods and other fishing in the area is available from Mr. Tony Kelly of Fallons Sports Shop, North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Tel: 028-22246

The Sports Shop is not open on Sundays. Anglers expecting to arrive late on a Saturday are advised to purchase the State licence and club permit in advance by post from Fallons Sports Shop.

Further information about angling in Co. Cork and Kerry is available from the South Western Regional Fisheries Board, 1 Neville Terrace, Macroom, Co. Cork. Tel: 026-41221/2.

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