“Through hills at the foot of Bessy Bell …we come to Baronscourt, Lord Abercorn’s magnificent seat….the great number of fine oaks and three long narrow lakes which ornament this place give it an air of great grandeur.”
Daniel Beaufort (1739-1821)

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Location & Environment


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 tranquillity. 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.

 

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The River


The Foyle System comprises of approximately 900 miles of salmon, sea trout and brown trout water. It covers the North West region of the north of Ireland. It is also one of Ireland’s most prolific grilse and summer salmon fisheries. The peak period is usually during June and July. If there is a mild and wet August good fishing can be had. September and October can also perform very well. Scientific estimations put the annual Foyle system salmon run at approximately 80,000 fish in 2007.

The River Mourne, flowing from the Derg Junction to Strabane, is part of the Foyle Fishery System. It is believed to be one of the best salmon rivers in Northern Europe, on a par with the Rivers Moy and Blackwater in Ireland and River Tweed, Scotland.

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Baronscourt Fishing


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.

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Baronscourt 5 Year Salmon Catch Records


 

Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
April 0 0 0 0 0
May 0 0 3 1 1
June 7 18 1 5 34
July 36 52 21 43 58
August 45 61 53 11 30
September 28 30 38 17 14
October 19 16 6 9 12
Total 135 177 122 86 149

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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.

 

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Accommodation


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.

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Non-Fishing Activities


Guests staying on the Estate can enjoy the beautiful rolling countryside and spectacular walks, enhanced in spring and early summer by the magnificent displays of bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas. The carefully tended woods frame wonderful vistas that together with the lakes create a truly enchanted location in which to relax away from the pressures of modern living.

There are a number of alternate activities that guests may wish to get involved in ranging from bicycling to Golf with the 18 hole Newtonstewart Golf-course being recognised as one of the best in Northern Ireland.

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Day 1

-Arrive Baronscourt
-Check in with Estate Office
-Accom in Governor's or Clock House

Day 2-4

-3 Full Days Fishing

Day 5

-Check out by 10 am
-Fishing as arranged

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Availability and Pricing

Season

The season runs from April to October.

Salmon Fishing Rates

-Fishing is let on a "beat basis", from £175-£300 incl vat per beat per day, for up to 2 rods. This includes the assistance of the estate Ghillie.

Pike Fishing Rates

This is only available for guests staying on the estate. Tickets are available for £17/day and £22 for the hire of a boat.

Accommodation Rates

Price varies according to time of year booked and ranges from £ 450 to £620/week.

Note

Fishing for both Pike and Salmon is only available to those staying in either of the self-catering cottages. Min stay is 3 nights

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.

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