River Faughan

The River Faughan rises in the Northern Sperrins and from its source it then makes its way west passing Claudy and Ballyartan.

When the River Faughan reaches Drumahoe it turns north west and moves from a rural country landscape into a more urban setting for a couple of miles.

It then returns to flowing through rural countryside once again passing by Campsie before emptying into Lough Foyle about 3 miles north of Londonderry.

First and foremaost the Faughan is a spate river.

The first River Faughan fish start to arrive towards end June These early fish normally move quickly on, up and through the river once they havemanaged to pass Campsie Dam.

The quality of the fishing on the River Faughan is wholly dependant on the size of the spates and then the best of the fishing is to be found at Campsie, Ardlough, Drumahoe, Ardmore, Brackfield and Claudy.

Most local anglers fish the River Faughan with single-handed rods of around 10-11'. The river can be fished right up the Killycor Bridge.

The River Faughan is also the most prolific Sea Trout River in the Foyle system. Sea trout begin to show in the estuary around June and make their way quickly upstream. The sea trout run peaks towards end July.

River Faughan, Ireland

River Faughan, Ireland © Gardiner Mitchell