Salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Finn (exclusive rights jointly owned between Glenmore and Cloghan Estate).
Extensive fishing rights are owned over the rivers, streams and lakes which lie within the Glenmore and Cloghan Estates; the exclusive rights are held between these two estates. Much of the fishing offers excellent fly water on two spate rivers, the River Finn and its main tributary, the River Reelan.
These rivers (which benefit from regular rainfall throughout the season being at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains) form a part of the Foyle system in its upper catchment. Strong runs of fish from the Foyle are quick to penetrate the upper waters thus providing anglers with some excellent sport in both spring and summer. The River Finn is almost unique in this respect, hosting a steady run of fish from the opening day to well after the last day of the season.
One of the great advantages of this fishery is that the owners have control of the upper reaches of the Rivers Finn and Reelan and this includes the numerous feeder streams, many of them well suited to spawning. Much of the habitat is exceptional for spawning, allowing for natural unassisted stocking. The Foyle System is said to have a run of some 60,000 fish with an estimated 20% claimed by the Finn.
Besides the fishing which includes some wonderful sea trout and brown trout fishing as well as salmon, there are extensive shooting rights covering about 19,000 acres of largely uncultivated ground on Glenmore Estate. Red deer frequent the lands which vary from low ground grazings interspersed by bogs and woodland to large areas of rough hill grazing amidst spectacular wild countryside. Throughout the winter fishermen head for Glenmore to enjoy unrivalled woodcock and snipe shooting on the bogs and duck shooting on the numerous lakes.
The Glenmore Fishings
Those who fish the Foyle system will be aware of the exceptional seasons experienced in 2015 and 2016. With the cessation of drift net salmon fishing, the catch and release policy introduced by the Loughs Agency in 2009 and the absence of salmon farms near the main Foyle salt water basin, the number of salmon running the system has soared and continues on an upward trend.
Season 1st March to 15th September
The Finn, regarded as one of Europe's finest salmon rivers, can be described as a medium sized Grade 1 listed spate river. It runs east through central Donegal from the Blue Stack Mountains joining the tidal River Foyle at the border town of Lifford.
The fishings are characterised by streamy, rocky pools, relatively shallow water and the free rising nature of both salmon and sea trout. Fishermen tend to use a 12ft-13ft double handed rod in high water conditions in the spring and drop back to a single handed 9ft rod in the summer months. The use of floating lines with the option of adding a sinking tip are commonplace throughout the season.
With its long productive season, the Finn is envied by many of those managing other Irish rivers. The river is almost unique in hosting a steady run of fish from the opening day; an influx of spring salmon in March gradually builds up and peaks in April and May. Grilse and summer salmon follow and run (with assistance from fresh rain) all through the months of June, July and August, producing excellent sport up until the very end of the season.
Glenmore Lodge: The modern lodge has been designed to provide comfortable accommodation for fishermen. Set back from the road with pleasant views of the surrounding countryside, the lodge is built on an elevated site some 80m from the river; it is situated within its own ground extending to about 2 acres. The stone faced/slate roofed lodge has been beautifully finished, suitably furnished, well equipped and insulated; it also benefits from underfloor oil fired central heating. It offers a high standard of accommodation comprising on the ground floor a back porch, cloakroom, an open plan kitchen, dining room and living room with large wood burning stove. Beyond the living room there is a drawing room with open fire. Glenmore Lodge caters for up to 8 guests in 5 bedrooms, three double (two with en suite bathrooms) and two twin bedded rooms. The two front rooms have a view of the river. There is a gravel driveway and forecourt with plenty of space for parking. The attractive gardens comprising mown lawns and shrubs are well tended. On a fine evening, fishermen can sit out on the decked patio and enjoy the good clean air of Donegal.
Rod/Gun Room (3.76m x 5.23m)
A purpose built detached rod/gun room is situated behind the house. Fishermen get kitted out in the rod/gun room and at the end of a day, wet clothes, rods and waders can be hung up on the racks provided.
The lodge with adjacent rod/gun room and kennelling is let with both fishings and shooting.
More information is available by the selling agents.
BER Details - BER B3 - BER No.109930156