The River Bandon is a most scenic and prolific game fishing river flowing through some of the most picturesque country side in West Cork. It's source is a few miles north west of Dunmanway from where it flows through that town and about 11 miles further on through the villages of Ballineen and Enniskeane. Kilcoleman is 3 miles down stream of Enniskeane.
After Kilcoleman it continues through a fertile valley and through the town of Bandon. Here there is a very old weir which is a feature of the town and is floodlit at night. A modern fish pass is installed on this weir which allows migrating salmon and sea trout to pass on up river. One can observe salmon jumping this weir in high water conditions and is indeed a magnificent site if one happens to be there at 'the right time'.
The fishing rights on the Bandon River are owned and controlled by a mixture of private land owners, syndicates and various angling clubs. Permits are available and easily organised costing between 15-20 Eur.
the season on the Bardon opens every year on February 15th-September 30th.
the river is in close proximity (20 min) to Kinsale, Cork City and Cork Airport. Evening fishing during hot summer months can fish particularly well with big hatches of blue-winged olive and sedge. Our angling guides can provide you with waders and fly rods if needed. they can also recommend the best fly patterns that work on particular stretches of the river and time of year.
Fishing in Ireland
Ireland is recognised as being the outstanding fishing holiday destination in Europe. The vast variety and quality of fishing in Ireland makes it the perfect destination for your angling holiday.
The Irish climate is well suited to sport angling. It is temperate and kind to the angler with moderate summers, mild winters and adequate rainfall throughout the year. The warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift lap the south and west coasts, giving us a milder climate than our geographical location would indicate. The result is a fabulous mixture of cold and warm water fish species, capable of exciting the specialist or casual angler on the annual family holiday… Read about Ireland as a fishing holiday destination.