Ireland Fishing: Causeway Coast Package

Fish on some of the best salmon and trout rivers in all of Ireland

Ireland Fishing. Salmon being released from the River Bann  

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The Area

The North Coast of Ireland is an area of outstanding natural beauty with breaktaking coastal scenery.  There are fantastic sandy beaches at Portrush, Castlerock, Benone and Whitepark Bay all within easy reach. Visit the world famous Giants Causeway where the mythical giant Finn MacCool fashioned his intricate hexagonal columns from basalt.  Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, and of course the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world at Bushmills are all a must to visit.  The area is also very well known for its golf courses from Royal Portrush to many smaller but demanding links type courses. Other activities include horse riding, the excellent shopping in Coleraine and Derry City and not to be forgotten, the many friendly and high quality pubs and restaurants.

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The Fishing

The outstandingly beautiful Causeway Coast can offer the angler some excellent Ireland fishing for a variety of fish species at very different venues. Highly prized Atlantic salmon can be caught from the prime beats of the lower River Bann as well as from some smaller rivers like the Roe, the Agivey and the River Bush where the famous Irish whiskey is made.

There is also extremely good wild brown trout fishing on these rivers especially the Bann and the Agivey.   There are four major tributaries, all of which are ideal game fish habitat; the Clady River, Agivey River, Macosquin River, and Ballymoney River, all but the latter joining from the west, having risen in the Sperrin mountains.

The lower River Bann is very important in an Ireland fishing context as a salmonid river, with historic catch statistics of over 20,000 salmon per annum taken by nets and traps until the mid-20th century.  It still remains important as an angling river with between 1,500 to 2,000 salmon caught on the rod each year. 

There are four main lower River Bann beats which give the angler an excellent chance of catching salmon and trout.  These are:

Ireland Fishing. Sea Trout from the estuary of the River Bann

Wise Men Fishing Tips

The fishery manager of the River Bann, Gordon Sim, gave the following tips:

Tip 1:  "Try not to wade deeply, if at all, when fly fishing as fish hold very close into the river bank."

Tip 2:  "Be very carefull on the mud flats when estuary fishing and ensure you are aware of the tides - better still - use one of our excellent/experienced guides."

Tip 3:  "In low water conditions don't be afraid to fish very small flies for salmon."

Tip 4: "Remember the lower River Bann beats also have some excellent wild brown trout fishing as well as salmon."

  • Ireland Fishing Mullet from the River Bann estuaryCarnroe:  This is one of the premier angling beats in Ireland.  Fish congregate in low water conditions and provide a superb angling opportunity. Carnroe is limited to eight anglers per day and has a 10 year average of over 1,000 per year. It has some excellent fly water as well as areas for spinning and bait fishing. This beat is heavily booked and so rods are limited.
  • Portna:  Portna has earned a good reputation as a salmon beat and is divided into two parts. The upper beat has fast flowing water , which is wadeable with caution and fly fishing is the main method. The lower part has slower flowing water but still offers excellent fly water.
  • Culiff Rock:  This is a beautiful fast flowing stretch of the river where spinning and bait fishing are also allowed. The beat is an excellent trout fishery throughout the season but is also a plentiful salmon fishery from June to September.
  • Movanagher:  This beat is primarily a trout fishery but is super fly water and it produces a good number of salmon. Single handed rods can be used and the water is wadeable with care.

To add an extra dimension there is also superb fishing to be had on the estuary systems and in the sea for hard fighting sea trout, bass and mullet – the bonefish of the north. We are fortunate to have qualified and insured guides that have put in hundreds of angling hours to know the best marks where these fish can be caught on the fly at all the various stages of the tide.

We can also provide fantastic rainbow trout fishing at two locations, Moorebrook Lodge and Stone Falls Specimen Trout Fishery.  Moorbrook Lodge Trout Fishery is owned and managed by William and Stephanie Holmes since 1998. Both are highly experienced in game fishery with William being a qualified instructor.  Moorbrook is set in 20 acres of unspoilt countryside with panoramic views along the famous Causeway Coast and over to Scotland.  Moorbrook prides itself on being a very friendly fishery and always has a member of staff on hand with hints and tips on what fly/tactics are being effective, newcomers will always feel comfortable and welcome. Stone Falls Specimen Trout Fishery and School of Fly-fishing is the first Specimen Trout Fishery in Ireland and the only one providing wheelbarrows to transport the catch! Rod numbers are limited to five rods per day giving the angler peace, space and tranquillity to stalk the fish of a lifetime.

In summary, WhereWiseMenFish® is pleased to offer three fishing packages on the  Irish Causeway Coast as follows:

  1. A Family Package.  This package offers fishing and instruction for all the family. This can be tailored according to age and experience and for as few or as many of the family who want to fish. Included in this package we can organise to target trout or salmon as well as some interesting sea fishing from boat or shore. We can also organise horse riding, golf or a visit to Bushmills Distillery but would thoroughly recommend a couple of day’s sight seeing. Accommodation would be arranged at the Bushtown Hotel in Coleraine and the price will vary according to your requirements. For this package a hire car would be essential but we will supply you with a good quality map showing all the must see sights.
  2. A Couple’s Luxury Long Weekend Package. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the Bushtown Hotel where you will enjoy superb food and accommodation. If both of you fish then we can arrange some excellent fishing for both trout and salmon on the famous Bann beats (such as the famous Carnroe beat) as well as fishing for bass, sea trout and mullet on the estuary. If only one partner fishes we would recommend two half days fishing and your partner would spend time getting pampered in the luxury spa or shopping in Coleraine. Prices will vary according to your requirements.
  3. A Hardcore Fishing Package.  Staying at the Golf Hotel where we would arrange five nights accommodation and four days fishing. This again would be tailored to your requirements. The fishing could include; salmon and trout fishing on the famous lower River Bann beats (e.g. Carnroe beat); salmon and trout fishing on other local rivers; fishing for sea trout, bass and mullet on the Bann estuary; rainbow trout fishing at Moorbrook Lodge and Stone Falls fisheries; and some excellent sea fishing with local charter skippers. We would recommend that you hire a car to enable you to take in some of the local scenery and sights when not fishing.

The Hotel

The Bushtown House Hotel
Ireland Fishing.  Bushtown House Hotel and Country Club located beside Ireland's Causeway CoastThe Bushtown House Hotel and Country Club is set amidst mature woodland on the outskirts of the university town of Coleraine and is located beside the beautiful Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens.

Originally a thatched country cottage it has evolved over the years to the ‘Bushtown House' of today, a modern three star hotel, which has adapted comfort and elegance to the legacy and charm of that original thatched cottage.

The hotel has 39 comfortable en suite bedrooms.  It also has a leisure complex with an indoor heated pool, state of the art fitness suite and a Jacuzzi and Sauna area.

Best Times to Go

Fishing is excellent throughout the season.  However, for salmon the prime months on the Lower Bann are July to September.  The Carnroe beat fishes particularly well in July and gets a large grisle run. 

Availability and Pricing for the 2007 Season

Season:  The 2007 season is as follows:

  • Trout: 1st March to 31st October.
  • Salmon: Lower River Bann beats (except Carnroe): 1st April to 15th October.
  • Salmon: Carnroe beat on the River Bann: 1st May to 15th October.

Rate:  Guiding on the lower Bann beats and the estuary is £185 per person per day. This includes permits on the Estuary but not on the Lower Bann beats which vary from £35 to £350 per rod per day depending on the beat and the time of the season.  Packages will be tailored to customers specific requirements.

Typical Package Includes:

(Example: Couple's luxury long weekend package)


- Three (x3) nights hotel bed and breakfast.
- Two (x2) half days guided fly fishing.
- Daily Packed lunch.

Note:   We recommend you rent a car on arrival (e.g. at Belfast City or International airports).  We are happy to arrange your travel should you so require.

If you would like to know more about the Ireland fishing packages available on the Causeway Coast, 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 fishing 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

United States Office:
US Country Code: +1
Telephone: 347 284 6333

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