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Fishing breaks

With 15 miles of outstanding fishing on the estate alone, you can almost feel the twitch of the line from your bedroom window. With plentiful lakes nearby too, salmon, trout and fly fishing are all possible here. Just keep an eye on Oscar the heron, says our resident instructor.

Some say fishing in Ireland is better than anywhere else, and there are few nicer bases to set out from than Sheen Falls Lodge. From the River Sheen tumbling through the estate, to the lakes of Gleninchaquin, Barfinnihy and Cloonee, a short drive away, there are plenty of excellent opportunities to catch trout and salmon, as well as numerous sheltered bays and inlets for beach fishing. 

Our experienced resident instructor, or Ghillie as it's traditionally known, is on hand to impart that all important local knowledge to your fishing break. Guiding, equipment and licenses can also be arranged.

Not many hotels can boast their very own smoke house, but Sheen Falls Lodge can. Fish or no fish in hand, you’ll be able to enjoy our very own freshly caught wild Atlantic salmon, cooked or smoked to perfection and served in our restaurants.

To find out more, please call + 353 (0) 64 6641600 or email

The River Sheen

Rising in Kerry’s Caha Mountains and flowing in a northerly direction for 15 miles, the River Sheen makes its way through the estate’s grounds before entering the sea at Kenmare bay. As a spate system, the Sheen is subject to violent floods, so please do take care.

Fishing on the entire river is controlled by the Sheen Falls Estate, with all legal methods allowed. Shrimp is particularly effective in low water and spinning/worming in a spate, while fly fishing is productive in medium water.

Salmon fishing

Salmon fishing is mostly concentrated on the first five to six miles of the river, up to Dromagorteen Bridge (just north of Bonane on the N71). However, the first four miles up to Dromanassig are considered the best. The finest pools are Sheen Pool, Flat Pool, Sand Pool and Weir Pool, just above the Sheen Falls.

Other pools of attention run up to Releagh Bridge (N71), but do bear in mind that the water runs very quickly off the upper river. The Coomeelan River, which joins the Sheen from the East above Dromogarteen Bridge, also has a few pools worth fishing.

The fishing seasons

A decent run of spring fish often starts the season, but it can be May before it’s worth wetting a line. The impressive Grilse run – Atlantic salmon returning to the river after just one season – starts at the end of May and continues through until the end of August, with June and July being peak season.

Sea trout can also run from May, but like many other rivers, their numbers have been in steady decline. Brown Trout fishing can be good too, with resident fish weighing up to 3lb.

Lake fishing

Gleninchaquin Lake is set in a beautiful mountainside location, not too far from Kenmare. You can fish for brown trout in the two lakes without additional charge. Surrounded by high, rugged cliffs, Cummeenadillure Lough is a tranquil place suitable for other pursuits such as walking. 

Barfinnihy Lake is located six miles from Kenmare with stunning views of Molls Gab. Stocked monthly by the regional fisheries board, you’ll find rainbow trout in abundance with spinning and fly fishing the most popular methods. 

Cloonee Lake, part of the Cloonee System, is eight miles south of Kenmare and contains large stocks of brown trout and sea trout from late July onwards. The picturesque fishing spot attracts international anglers and there are boats for hire in the area.