The Moyola River is famous worldwide for its angling. It not only offers angling amid peace and quiet, but the river itself runs through some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland, flowing 27 miles from the Sperrin Mountains to Lough Neagh, emerging at the entrance to the Lower Bann. It is here that the returning Atlantic salmon join the native dollaghan (a form of trout which migrates to, and matures in, Lough Neagh, before returning to its native river to spawn) on their spawning journey upstream. Wild brown trout are also found in abundance. For nearly all of its length the Moyola flows at suitable speed over gravel into pools making it excellent fly fishing water. Locally trained ghillies are available on request. The river is managed and enhanced by the Moyola Angling Association.
The Crumlin is a medium-sized river flowing into the eastern side of Lough Neagh. It has a large head of wild brown trout which can give good sport to the wet and dry fly. Later in the season and especially during the months of September and October dollaghan and occasional salmon may be caught in the lower river (ie. below the falls downstream of Crumlin) using all legal methods.
The Upper Bann
The Upper Bann is a medium-sized river (5-20m in width) mainly known for its brown trout fishing although from July on there is always the chance of a salmon or dollaghen. The best of the trout fishing is from the start of the season until July and although all legal methods are allowed there is a lot of water particularly suited to fly fishing. A ghillie or guide can be arranged with prior notice.
The Ballinderry River flows eastwards through the county of Tyrone, Northern Ireland. As it raises in the foothills of the Sperrin mountains, it twists its way through the Kildress countryside to Cookstown, onto Coagh and finally Lough Neagh. With its large populations of free rising brown trout up to two pounds in weight, the Ballinderry River is quite rightly thought of as one of the, if not the, best trout rivers in Northern Ireland. Although the trout are in the main smallish fish, in the region of 4 - 6 ounces, they are hard fighting and plenty in number to keep the angler interested.
River Blackwater between Clogher and Aughnacloy, is a lowland river meandering through farmland providing excellent river fishing for trout, salmon and dollaghan.
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