Kilcoleman is situated on The Bandon River which flows through some of the most scenic countryside in the South West of Ireland. For centuries it has been recognized as one of the best angling locations in County Cork. It is 27 miles from Cork airport, and 6 miles west of the town of Bandon. The owner combines a life-long enthusiasm for fly fishing having inherited his skills from successive generations of fly angling ancestors dating back to the early seventeen hundreds when his family, The Lamb’s, first purchased Kilcoleman.
The Fishery is privately owned and totals 1.2 miles. We also have access to a further 3 miles of private water 6 miles up stream from Kilcoleman. The Bandon River flows through The Kilcoleman Park Estate which totals 240 acres of park and agricultural land. There are ten named salmon pools. There are also excellent stocks of wild brown trout which average 12ozs with over 1lbs not unusual.
The season opens on the 1st of March and closes on the 30th of September. Fishing for salmon is fly only. Trout fishing is fly only on the whole of the Bandon river at all times.
There is a bag limit of 2 salmon and 6 trout per day per rod. We strongly encourage a ‘catch and release’ policy for salmon hence the limit of 2 per day. Average annual catches of salmon over the past 10 years has been 103. It is difficult to define ‘which month is best’ because sport is very dependent on rainfall.
Kilcoleman is renowned for its hospitality. The owners David and Patricia Lamb make a particular effort to make their guests feel at home. Kilcoleman is just one of a few private fisheries which only permits fly for salmon throughout the entire season. If you require a memorable holiday in a peaceful, un-spoilt environment, with an abundance of wild life, and the added bonus of Irish Hospitality, and all at an affordable price, then Kilcoleman can offer you something quite unique
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