Ballymahon is ideally located to present the visiting angler with the very best game and coarse fishing in the Midlands.

Local amenities include the River Inny (Trout, Pike, Perch, Bream, Roach, Chub and Hybrids), Lough Drum (Trench, Roach, and Pike), Lough Ree (Trout, Pike, Perch, Bream, Roach, etc) and the Royal Canal. However, Ballymahon can offer more than this. Situated in the heart of the Midlands, anglers are within a thirty minute drive from the very best angling that the Midlands can offer. To the west is the huge expanse of Lough Ree, which offers both excellent game and coarse fishing while the River Suck offers the same but with very differing environs. To the north is the world renowned hot spot by Lanesborough power station – this is probably the most prolific stretch of water in Europe for  coarse fish.

A little further upstream is the highly acclaimed game fishing at Tarmon Weir. While travelling further north brings you to Lough Forbes which is an excellent summer and winter venue which is known to produce huge Pike. The Camlin Fishing Club are continuously restocking reaches of the Shannon and the Camlin River with Brown Trout while the old Longford reservoir is stocked with both Brown and rainbow Trout.

Moving across to the North East are the well-known fisheries of Lough Gowna and Lough Sheelin(coarse and game fishing respectively), and Lough Derravaragh and Lough Owel to the east are also very well-known fisheries. Moving South and passing by the impressive coarse fishery of the Canal in Mullingar is the picturesque Lough Ennell renowned as an excellent game fishing lake. This area also has some stocked fisheries containing excellent Carp and Tench. Moving back towards Ballymahon there is a stocked Trout water at the Mt Dalton Lough.

Ballymahon is calling for a group of local fishermen to come together to promote the River Inny as a hotspot for all kinds of angling in the midlands. It has been said that the River Inny is one of the best fly-fishing rivers in Ireland and also has great course fishing spots. The Inland Fisheries board has been working to make the fish stocks self-sustaining and have spent thousands of euros putting in spawning beds. The goals are to encourage young people to get involved, promote conservation and to promote the river to All Fishing Tourists. We would also be a point of contact for fishermen looking for local knowledge. It means that all fishermen would take pride in our beautiful river and promote conservation from an individual’s point of view.

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Sean Cox for more details:

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So I always like to say “A bad days fishing is better than a good day at work” and over the years I have always had my secret retreat, it is my church so to speak. I started fly-fishing when I was about 10 years old, and  at 44 now I still enjoy it and would love to pass this gracious pastime to someone else.

For me the experience is about being out in nature seeing the wildlife, discovering the wonderful places. I can remember when I was a child my parents would have to come down to the river at 12 or 1 o clock in the morning on a summers night to take me home and for fear I might have fallen in, but I would be there under a tree or bush watching a trout rise in the moonlight, fly rod in hand. Having identified the fly it was feeding on at last, and hoping to catch the fish, but without me knowing it at the time he had caught me, I was in the “zone.”

Time did not exist for me and the only obstacle was the stamina to stay watching. I often stayed there from dusk still dawn and when the sun would start to rise the fish would come alive again and with it another chance for me to show him my skill. He would do his dance with the fly’s hoping to get his breakfast and I would do my dance with my fly rod and him hoping to get my breakfast.

The things I have seen over the years at the rivers make up a beautiful picture in my mind an sometimes I like to put them all together with me in the middle just watching. The duck goslings I saved from the mink, the evening the fox came up to me and not having seen a person before just looked at me for a moments circled me from just a few feet away and then went on his way. The amazing fish I have seen doing the strangest things from hopping out on to the bank for no reason to just jumping clear out of the water as if just to show themselves to me. The feeling I would get at those times would be on a par with Pavlov’s dogs, the jump was the bell for me and the salivating would begin.

By Sean Cox