Fishery Letting conditions
Abercorn Estates Fishing Regulations
When booking fishing with Abercorn Estates you need to be aware of what you can and cannot do when you fish. There are legal requirements, conservation codes, and specific rules for the Estate fishing beats and conditions that all need to be taken into account.
The fishing is mainly let to clients on a weekly basis and in conjunction with accommodation on the Estate. However we do also let a maximum of two rods and a dialy basis without accomodation.
We have 2 holiday apartments at Baronscourt, The Clock Tower and the Governors Lodge. If we do not have accommodation availability then we are happy to recommend other
places for the fishermen to stay.
River Mourne: Rules, Terms & Conditions
1. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised.
2. The season is from 1st April, and normally ends on 20th October, please note that fishing is allowed on Sundays in Northern Ireland. The Loughs Agency have the legal right and power to close the fishery in high and low water conditions subject to their sustainable management plans, as well as ending fishing prior to the 20th October.
3. Fly fishing only. No prawns, worms, shrimps, spinning or gaffs can be used at any time.
4. Only one person may fish a rod on any one day.
5. Starting and finishing times 09:00-13:00, and 14:00 to 18:00.
6. Anyone fishing on the Rivers Mourne, Derg and Strule must be in possession of a current Loughs Agency licence. Licences can be obtained from the Baronscourt Estate Office or from David Campbell, 12 Killymore Road, Newtownstewart and other local fishing shops.
7. The four fishing beats are fished in rotation, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
8. The Loughs Agency bag limit can be found on www.loughs-agency.com. In the interests of conservation, please consider not taking more than one fish per day, and also consider returning to the river any gravid fish caught, especially females, from September onwards. The Estate strongly supports catch and release, and would request that you handle all fish caught as carefully as possible.
9. Arrangements with the ghillie are made through the Estate Office: 0288 166 1683. Tipping the ghillie is at the discretion of the guest but it is generally accepted that a tip of £30 per day per rod.
10. Details of all fish taken are to be recorded in catch record books in the fishing huts.
11. Please ring the Estate Office 028 8166 1683, at least TWO days before you come, to arrange a place and time to meet the ghillie.
We give here some general advice which may be helpful to you. It is not meant to be exhaustive and cannot cover every situation. So please do not rely on it, form your own cautious policy of what is sensible and safe and then stick to it!
Pay attention when wading
Wherever possible, seek local advice before wading
Wear a life jacket. It should be worn over all other clothing at all times.
Ensure that your waders are in good condition and the soles are suitable for the type of river bed you will be wading on.
Use a wading staff.
Be constantly alert for changing water conditions.
Do not wade in a spate.
Take your time. Move deliberately and maintain a constant watch for changes in depth, boulders, loose gravel, underwater obstructions and shelving rocks.
If you do fall in to deep water, try to stay calm. Float on your back with your feet pointing downstream and use your hands to guide you into shallow water. If possible crawl back to the bank before attempting to empty your waders.
We strongly advise you to bring and wear your own buoyancy device / life jacket when using a boat or when wading in strong or deep water. If you don't, you are doing so at your own risk.
Avoid slips and falls
Be especially careful on steep banks and where undergrowth obscures the ground. Look out for overhanging and unstable banks, deep mud, holes, slippery rocks and boulders.
Always wear a life jacket when fishing from the bank.
Wear appropriate footwear. Remember, felt-soled waders can be extremely dangerous on wet grass or on muddy banks.
Use a wading staff for support.
Don't get hooked
Always protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses or wrap-around sunglasses.
Wear suitable headgear to protect the ears and to provide further protection for the eyes.
When casting, pay attention to and make allowances for wind direction and strength.
Be conscious of the other river users; check behind and around you to ensure that your backcast is clear before making each cast.
When fishing alone, leave details with a responsible person of where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, make sure that the responsible person is advised.
Contact or near contract with overhead cables must be avoided. Look out and up for overhead cables for assembling a rod and before fishing begins.
Carry rods parallel to the ground, never upright or over a shoulder.
Watch the weather
Wear warm and waterproof clothing in cold weather.
Reflection from water intensifies the effects of the sun. Use sun protection and cover up in strong sunlight.
Don't fish during a thunderstorm. Lay your rod down and don't attempt to pick it up until the storm has passed.
Always follow the ghillie's advice.
Be aware of the prevailing conditions, seek local advice and if in doubt, don't go out.
Beware of the bull
Pay attention to signs warning of possible dangers and, where possible, avoid crossing fields containing livestock.
Leave your dog at home.