Before You Fish
In this section anglers will find advice on: access to fisheries, where to stay, tackle, local fly patterns, angling guides, other useful local contact information and link to Fishing Regulations (NI) 2014.
Access to fisheries
The Lower Bann fisheries are all easily reached from Northern Ireland's main airports and ferry ports in less than 1 hour. The Foyle fisheries are about 2 hours drive from Belfast, but under 1 hour from City of Derry Airport. For satnav users, the approximate postcodes for the main beats are as follows:
- Carnroe BT53 7NX
- Culiff Rock BT53 7NT
- Movanagher BT51 5YJ
- Portna BT51 5SW.
The private beats on the Lower Bann all have adequate car parking arrangements close to the river, especially Carnroe and Movanagher. For Culiff Rock, parking is available outside Movanagher Fish Farm, and for Portna use the access laneway onto the island, but take care not to block other users when parking. Whilst none of these beats is far from a town or village, Carnroe is the only one with toilet facilities at present.
For coarse fishing, the Portglenone Forest stands lie less than a mile outside Portglenone village, well signposted off the A54 road to Bellaghy. Magherafelt District Council provide a good car parking facility, also at NewFerry West. Portglenone Marina on the Antrim bank has a good public slipway for those fishing the area by boat.
Where to stay / Where to eat
The Bann valley has a number of small and medium sized villages with an excellent variety of places to stop and eat close to the river, especially at Toome, Portglenone, Kilrea, Ballymoney and Coleraine. Click here for advice on where to stay. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board and its local Regional Tourist Information Centres also have details of where to eat and other local activities / places of interest.
Because of the diversity and scale of the fisheries of the Lower Bann and Foyle rivers, it is sensible for visiting anglers to obtain professional guidance, especially on a first visit. In many cases, it is best to contact the local angling club in the area for a list of names. For a list of local angling guides with the necessary expertise on the Lower Bann, click here.
Following public consultation, Fisheries Regulations (NI) 2003 have been completely re-written to introduce a range of salmon conservation measures to implement mandatory catch and release for salmon and sea trout angling and remove references to salmon netting which has been prohibited by other enabling Regulations. For more information on the new Fishing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014, including new salmon and sea trout legislation, visit the legislation.gov.uk website and download the Statutory Rules.