The River Sheen rises in Kerry’s Caha Mountains, and flows in a Northerly direction for some 13 miles before entering the sea at Kenmare bay. The Sheen is very much a spate system and is subject to violent floods, which can disappear just as quickly as they arrived. The salmon fishing is mostly concentrated on the first 5 or 6 miles of the river up to Dromagorteen Bridge (just North of Bonane on the N71), with the first 4 miles up to Dromanassig, being the best of the fishing. The best pools are Sheen Pool, the Flat Pool, the Sand Pool and the Weir Pool, just above the Sheen Falls.
There are a few more pools worthy of attention, right up to Releagh Bridge (N71), but bear in mind that the water runs off really quickly on the upper river. There are also a few pools worth fishing on the Coomeelan River (also known as the Coomeelan Stream), which joins the Sheen from the East just above Dromagorteen Bridge.
The Sheen gets a decent run of spring fish, which begin running from the start of the season, but it can be May before it’s worth wetting a line. The impressive Grilse run starts at the end of May and continues right through until the end of August, with June and July being the peak season.
The river also gets a run of Sea Trout from May, but like many other rivers, their numbers have been in steady decline. The Brown Trout fishing can be good as well, with resident fish up to 3lb.
All legal methods are allowed on the river, with the shrimp being particularly effective in low water, and spinning / worming in a spate. Fly fishing is also very productive in medium water. The fishing on the entire river is controlled by the Sheen Falls Estate, from the Sheen Falls Lodge.
It is a wonderful lake set in a beautiful location among the mountains and not too far from Kenmare. You can fish for brown trout in the two lakes without additional charge. Bring your tackle and spend a satisfying day at the edge of Lough Cummenadilure, surrounded by high, rugged cliffs where eagles once nested. Some of your party may like to enjoy other pursuits while you fish such as painting, walking or just absorbing the tranquility and beauty that is Gleninchaquin
Barfinnihy Lake is stocked monthly by the regional fisheries board. It’s located about 6 miles from Kenmare town with stunning views of Molls Gap. You’ll find rainbow trout in abundance here and spinning and fly-fishing are the most popular methods used. Open season is from 15th June to 31 August.
Located 12km south of Kenmare, the Cloonee System contains large stocks of brown and sea trout from late July onwards. It is a picturesque fishing spot which attracts international anglers and there are boats for hire in the area.