The Upper Caragh River is considered
one of the best salmon rivers for its size in Ireland.
Nestled among the thousand meter peeks of Mcgillikuddy`s
Reeks it flows through one of Ireland`s most beautiful
nature reserves in the heart of Kerry. The private
lake and river system creates a magical world as it
meanders through highland moors and lush valleys.
The river and its lakes – Cloon and Acoose,
offer conditions uniquely suited to all types of fishing,
particularly game-fishing. The riverside paths and
footbridges are perfectly kept; for the most part they
are wheelchair accessible.
The main stretch of the Upper Caragh River is divided
into seven beats, which are fished in rotation. Each
angler is granted exclusive fishing rights to a new
beat on a daily basis. This makes it possible to fish
in all seven beats in the space of one week.
Over the last five years the Upper Caragh River has
seen a yearly catch of between 280 and 300 salmon – not
to mention the many impressive trout and even a few
sea trout. The average caught salmon weighed between
seven and eight pounds.
Caragh River and Lake
The Caragh River
drains the southern slopes of Macgillicuddy’s
Reeks and half a dozen small loughs before it enters
Lough Caragh. On leaving Caragh, it flows approximately
2 miles to the tide at Rossbehy Creek on Dingle Bay.
The catchment is 66 square miles.
The Caragh River is a classic spate system. It gets
a very good run of spring salmon and grilse. The lower
river is also a noted sea-trout fishery.
The lower Caragh River has about twenty pools up to
the lake. There is some nice fly fishing in the middle
section. This section has produced over twenty fish
in May in recent years. The grilse begin running at
the end of May and it is during the summer months,
when conditions are right, that the fishing is best.
Rivers Laune and Flesk
rivers provide excellent alternative locations for
those anglers keen to explore the region’s
finest waters and get good runs of Salmon and Grilse
River Laune: this is a medium size spate
river flows from Lough Leane near Killarney to reach
the sea just north-west of Killorglin, the lower reaches
are deep but with enough flow to carry a fly. It gets
a run of spring Salmon and a great run of Peel (grilse).
The catches recorded from this river in recent years
have been excellent. All methods of fishing are allowed
(except maggots & ground baiting).
River Flesk: This river drains the Killarney
Lakes. There is excellent Salmon, Trout and Sea Trout
fishing available. Late summer and September is about
the best period for Brown Trout.
Permits are required and all arrangements, including
local guides and transport, should be made with the hotel.