Ireland Fishing: The Lough Inagh Lodge

Lough Inagh fishery comprises of two outstandingly beautiful Irish loughs



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The Area

Lough Inagh fishery comprises of two outstandingly beautiful loughs, Inagh and Derryclare and a tumbling river at the top of the Ballynahinch system. Running North to South in the picturesque valley between the Twelve Bens to the west and the Maumturk Mountains to the east it has long been famous for its sea trout, which are again happily on the increase. The system is at the heart of Connemara which offers the visitor spectacular scenery as well as fishing, golf, shooting, hill climbing, pony trekking or just relaxing.

Spring salmon fishing commences in April and peaks during the month of May with average weights around 3kg. Grilse reach the Lough in early June and are caught from boats and from the river bank until the season closes at the end of September. The larger sea trout enter the system in late June and are caught right up to the close of the season. A run of finnock augments this stock in July and August and they provide plenty of sport. Anglers normally fish a cast of three wet flies but dapping natural grasshoppers and daddy long legs are also highly successful methods on their day.

One of the best locations to fish are the famous Derryclare Butts. ‘Butts’ are stone walkways built out into the lakes where rivers enter them. Built in Victorian times to facility the gentry so they did not have to get their feet wet when fishing, but they also have the advantage that they channel the flow and provide good salmon and sea trout lies.   

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The Fishing

Thera are seven beats on the Lough Inagh Fishery as follows;

  • Lough Inagh, is 7 kms long and 1 km wide with a number of wooded islands. The best areas are well defined and we strongly recommend you use the services of a guide. It is essential for anglers to have outboard motors and these can be rented of required, at the fishery office in the Lough Inagh Lodge.
  • Corloo is located at the outflow of Lough Inagh. There is excellent sea trout fishing from the bank, and it is a good salmon lie in high water. The beat produces some of the largest sea trout on the fishery and is a favourite location at night.
  • The Trout Pool is a sea trout beat which best at night, maximum of three rods at night and two during the day.
  • Derryclare Butts is where the Inagh River enters Derryclare Lake and is fished from the bank. A boat is provided for the upper end of Derryclare Lake.
  • Glendollagh Butts is where the Bealnacarra River enters Derryclare Lake and fishes well in high water.
  • Pine Island is one of the famous landmarks in Connemara and produces salmon and sea trout both at night and during the day.
  • Green Point, at the lower end of the fishery where the river leaves Derryclare Lake, has a variety of water with a number of known salmon and sea trout lies.

The Lodge

Lough Inagh Lodge offers you all the comforts and pleasures of an elegant, modern hotel in an old world atmosphere. Excellent food, open log fires, and the oak panelled bar symbolise the warmth of Inagh hospitality. All bed rooms are spacious and comfortable with en-suite facilities and spectacular views.
Only 67km from Galway the hotel was originally built in the 1880’s as a fishing lodge by the London brewer Richard Berridge. Down the years, Lough Inage Lodge was to pass to the Tennent family, then to Carroll Industries to the present owners who took possession in 1989.


The fishery has excellent access to beats and jetties. There are lunch huts, a tackleshop for local fly patterns, nylon and the hire of equiptment. Freezer and drying rooms are also available.

Ireland Fishing: Lough Inagh Salmon

Wise Men Fishing Tips

Tips from Colin Folan Fishery Manager and Guide:

Tip 1:  "Only two flies are required for salmon fishing – a Collie Dog and any other fly you like."

Tip 2:  "Don't be afraid to use traditional Irish trout flies in sizes 10 and 12 on the Lough when fishing for salmon."



Ireland Fishing: Lough Inagh Lodge


Fly fishing tackle is very much a matter of personal preference but in general a 91/2 foot to 101/2 foot single handed rod rated for a 7 line is a good all round choice. A floating line and an intermediate or sink tip is normally all that is required.


The weather can be very changeable and wet so a layered approach is best and make sure you bring a good set of waterproofs.

Best Times to Go

With favourable conditions fishing can be good from June through to the end of the season.

Availability and Pricing for the 2007 Season

Season:  Salmon 1st February to 30th September, Sea Trout 1st June to 30th September.

Rate:  Hotel prices vary depending on the time of the year and are subject to a 10% service charge, but tipically costs are between 103 and 120 Euros per person per night for bed and breakfast based on two persons sharing.  Fishing costs also vary depending on whether fishing is on lough or river but range between 140 to 180 Euros for up to two rods. This price includes the services of a guide but you will be expected to provide his lunch.

Typical Package Includes:
Packages will be tailored to suit your requirements. Purchase of licences, permits,packed lunches and equipment hire are extra. Gratuities are optional.
  • A typical package would be five nights bed and breakfast and four dinners. Four days guided fishing based on three days on Lough Inagh and one day on the river. Total cost for this package for two persons is 1,940 Euros.
  • This price is based on two persons sharing accommodation. Prices may vary.
If you would like to know more about the fishing in Ireland, please contact us and we will provide you with more details.  For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:

Ireland Fishing. Mark Patterson with a Brown Trout from Lough Corrib Mark Patterson

Mobile: +44 (0)7771 892 506
Office: +44 (0)845 603 1552


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 Background reading for your trip:

"Flyfishing in Ireland" by Peter O'Reilly


Fly fishermen have been catching trout and salmon from Ireland's abundant rivers and loughs for centuries. This practical fishing book, written by Ireland's top fly-fishing instructor, Peter O'Reilly, looks at the rich tradition of game angling in the Emerald Isle. This is your perfect companion guide to fishing Ireland's loughs and rivers. Includes details for tying 41 patterns for salmon and trout on loughs, rivers, and estuaries with hints on choosing the right fly.

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If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to Ireland, please contact us at the following: 

United Kingdom Office:
Mark Patterson
UK Country Code: +44
Mobile: (0)7771 892 506
Telephone: (0)845 603 1552

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