Shean Lodge Fishing Notes
Please note, catch and release is not mandatory on our waters and is not expected to be so
The Shean Lodge Fishery is fly fishing only and extends for 8 kms. The Owenduff River is famous for its run of spring salmon and then later in the year for salmon, grilse and sea trout. It is fed by the Nephin Mountains and flows to the Atlantic Ocean at Srahnamanragh on the Ballycroy/Bangor Erris road. It is a spate river, which means that the river levels can rise and fall dramatically after seasonal rains; sometimes to the extent that, on rare occasions, water can surround the Lodge for a number of hours.
The Shean Lodge stretch of River comprises more than forty pools that vary in depth and length from the tumbling waters of the upper river to the majestic deep and well contained pools of the lower reaches. Examples of the pools in Beat One and Beat Two are shown in different conditions in our video and still photos. Fishing the Owenduff is an ever-changing experience beloved by anglers of all ages: many anglers return year after year.
The Owenduff can be fished in short rubber boots and only occasionally is it necessary to wade. Access to the water is on paths and tracks, manageable to an average person without difficulty. The exception to this rule of thumb is the central section of Beat Two, where an angler can experience the exceptional wildness of the area, but needs to be physically fit to enjoy the experience!
Apart from one or two small sections, our stretch of the Owenduff River is mobile phone friendly throughout.
A Guide is provided in the rental package for Beat One, and a Guide can be made available for Beat Two by prior arrangement.
Rods favoured by anglers vary in length from 10 to 12 feet. Examples of some of the favourite flies are shown below. Images of flies are kindly supplied by: Rory’s Fishing Tackle, 17A Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland. Telephone: + 00 353 (0)1 677 2351 Web: www.rorys.ie
Five year average fish returns:
- Grilse: 43
- Sea Trout: 120
Shean Lodge Fishery - Bag Limits
- Season Limit: Annual bag limit per licence is 10 salmon, grilse, or sea-trout (over 40 cms)
- Three tags per licence will be issued up to 11 May (limit of 3 fish to 11 May)
- Daily bag limit of 3 fish per rod from 12 May to 31 August
- Daily bag limit of 1 fish per rod from 1 September to 31 September
- All "Red" Fish to be returned after 1 July
- After the daily bag limit is taken the Angler may fish catch and release, using only barbless hooks
- Worms or bait of any type are not permitted
The Bag limits may be changed during the season if required.
Both Beat One and Beat Two are rented from Friday to Friday.
Guests are asked not to check in before 6.00 PM, and to check out by 11.00 AM the following Friday.
Rates for rental on Beat One are readily available on application. Rates for Beat Two are from €70 per rod per day.
To make a booking or an enquiry all you have to do is Contact Us
For an overview of the whole area, including Shean Lodge, you can donload a copy of Joe Barry's article from the Irish Independent here
Shean Lodge Summer Snapshot
It was lovely to return to Shean again, the day that we arrived was one of the hottest days of the summer. The weather was wonderful so we all went to the beach, we had a wonderful time swimming in the warm sea for once, and walking around and looking at the wild flowers, I attached some photos. Some of our party fished from the shore and caught Pollock, which we ate that night and it tasted very good.
One day we walked up to the Corrie lake above Shean and went swimming in the bog lakes on the way up which were very warm and had an audience of sheep watching us. Lots of sun-dews and other insect eating plants and we also spotted a common lizard and a family of red Grouse.
Other excursions included collecting Cockles, Mussels and Samphire, to make a delicious supper. Another night we had Shean salmon fresh from the river outside the door, nothing better!
Some of our party brought their own bicycles and they had a great time exploring the area as well as the greenway. We all look forward to returning next summer with a full house.
Regards to all, Andrew and Jenny
Andrew Glenn-Craigie M.G.L.D.A. & A.L.C.I.
Landscape Restoration Ltd.