Ireland Fishing: The Baronscourt Estate
Fly fishing on the River Mourne, one of Ireland's best salmon rivers
Baronscourt is located in a beautiful part of Ireland; situated in completely unspoilt countryside it offers first class accommodation and exceptional fishing.
Situated in a sheltered valley in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains in Ireland’s County Tyrone, you come across an oasis of peace and tranquility. Baronscourt, the home of the Duke of Abercorn’s family since 1612, is among that handful of old family estates in the British Isles which combine great historical and architectural interest with a landscape of outstanding natural beauty.
Baronscourt on Channel 5 – 'Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing'
The estate and its fishing has just played host to Chris Tarrant and John Horsey on the recent Channel 5 television series with the two pursuing Pike & Salmon in amidst a "few rain showers".
The River Mourne is part of the Foyle Fishery System located in the western part of Northern Ireland. The river is very prolific with a large run of salmon, most of which pass through the Baronscourt beats. It is comparable to the equally famous Blackwater or River Moy.
The Baronscourt beats offer some of the most attractive fly-water on the river with anglers having access to 24 named fishing pools. The most famous pool is the 'Snaa' pool, which, like ‘the Junction’ on the River Tweed, is one of the best holding pools on the river. The 'Snaa' is a long deep pool which fishes well all season but there are a good number of other, equally productive pools such as 'Carnaquin', 'Half Water' and 'Blackstone'. The fishable water is extremely varied ranging from exceptionally picturesque and intimate pools on the upper two beats compared to the much wider open pools on the lower section.
Sea trout fishing is also available on the River Mourne with the larger trout arriving first in early to mid June with the bulk of smaller fish arriving from July onwards to the end of the season.
The Baronscourt Estate water is fly only and is fished by a syndicate of twelve rods, with two rods being retained by the estate for guests staying in the self-catering accommodation on the estate. This number of lettable rods can be increased to 4 providing there is reasonable notice. This arrangement provides the visiting angler with the opportunity to gain access on what is widely regarded as being a first class salmon fishery which is not possible to access with the purchase of day tickets.
Baronscourt 5 Year Salmon Catch Records
A wide selection of Irish Shrimp flies is available on Salar Flies
Pike Fishing - Lough Catherine, Fanny & Mary
Baronscourt offers some of the best private water Pike fishing opportunities in Ireland. There are three lakes on the estate, Lough Catherine, Fanny & Mary covering approx. 125 acres in total, draining into the River Derg. The estate has previously hosted the Northern Ireland Pike fishing championships and the biggest fish caught in recent times was 32lbs. The fishing is only available for those staying on the estate and as such the lakes have received very little angling pressure.
Pike Fishing Methods & Access
The lakes have good bank access with three fishing stands on Lough Catherine. Boats are available to hire on a daily rate that are equipped with anchors and outboard motors. Lure fishing is allowed by any means, whether fly, trolling or with a spinning rod. All of the lakes lend themselves to fly-fishing with the shallow areas providing excellent opportunities for surface action. All the fishing is catch and release. Live or dead baits are not allowed.
Anglers are accommodated in one of two self-catering courtyard lodges, dating from 1890, which form part of the Baronscourt estate. Both lodges have been fully refurbished and can accommodate up to 4 people in two twin rooms and both have received a Northern Ireland Tourist Board 4 star rating. The outlook is over unspoilt parkland on one side with the courtyard on the other.
The two-storey Clock Tower is a charming building that has been completely refurbished and can comfortably accommodate up to four people. The ground floor is an extremely spacious open-plan, modern fully equipped kitchen and dining area with all the facilities that you would expect from a well-appointed self-catering lodge. There is oil-fired central heating throughout. The two twin bedrooms are situated either side of the living area, one with an en suite bathroom, the second with a shower room with power shower and separate toilet.
The Governors Lodge, so-called from the time it was used by the Governors’ guard, is situated to the left of the Clock Tower and dates from the same period. Like the Clock Tower, this delightful two-storey building can accommodate up to four people with similar facilities.
Best Times to Go
Salmon Fishing – The best months are from July-August with the salmon entering the system in reasonable numbers from June. Depending on the water conditions good fishing can extend into October.
Pike Fishing – All year. The best fishing is from April to October when the pike arte most active.
Availability and Pricing
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