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Are you game for great angling?

Interested in net gains? Bottom line…Northern Ireland offers world-class game fishing, with clean, clear waters teeming with wild salmon and sea trout.

Climb to wild mountain lakes hidden in our heather topped hills, full of darkly spotted and well conditioned wild trout. Enjoy the laziness of high summer dry fly fishing on meandering rivers through lowland farms. Wade chest deep in big rivers spate-full of salmon and sea trout.

Drift the long shores of Lough Erne during spring and early autumn or sit becalmed and expectant in golden evening sun as the spinners dance in Mayfly time. Cast for grilse within sight and sound of the sea, or fish in saltwater for silvered sea trout as the tides rise and fall.

With hundreds of miles of river, Loughs Erne and Melvin and numerous smaller sea loughs and lakes, anglers have all the choices. And because Northern Ireland is so compact, you can easily fish Lough Melvin in the west and the Glens of Antrim in the east in a single very productive day.

Game fishing is possible from February through October. But with designated rainbow waters, your season may last twelve months.

Salmon, grilse, sea trout, brown trout, dollaghan, gillaroo and sonaghan…we have choices to match the challenges. And the scenery provides a truly memorable backdrop, wherever you fish.

Wade for salmon with the long rod, drift with the dappled Mayfly, seek that elusive double figure dollaghan in the early darkness, trotting bait in a brown flood. Fishing, for experts or beginners, young or old, and to suit all pockets, is widely available. As is accommodation, boat hire, local advice and everything you need to make your angling break memorable.

The DCAL Angling Guide is an indispensable, well-mapped guidebook to the scores of game, coarse and mixed waters controlled by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and gives details of game angling club waters and private fisheries open to visitors. DCAL also publishes the free booklet A Selection of Day Ticket Fisheries in Northern Ireland, ideal for game anglers seeking diverse challenges.

In addition, there are good Angling Guides for the 4 Regions: Angling in Armagh, The Causeway Coast & Glens Guide to Angling, Angling in Fermanagh & South Tyrone and North West Regional Angling Guide (featuring the Foyle System and the Lower Bann catchment and Lough Neagh tributaries). Find these guides at Tourist Information Centres or local tackle shops everywhere.

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