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Managing Salmon and Trout Fishing on the Faughan
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The River Faughan Anglers Ltd manages the fishing of Salmon and Trout on both the tidal and inland waters of the River Faughan.
Situated within easy reach of the historic city of Derry/Londonderry anglers may pursue their fishing amid some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. The Faughan rises on the eastern slopes of Sawel mountain, the highest peak of the Sperrins, flowing some 20 odd miles from its source, Poll an Iolair (The Eagle's Pool) to the Foyle.
In its upper reaches it is fast flowing, with streams and gravel fords the predominant feature.  As it descends the river slows as it passes through agricultural land, until it reaches Campsie, where there is a large dam.  This dam slows the flow right down, and provides sufficient depth to hold large numbers of fish throughout the year.  Below the impoundment the river is relatively shallow until Campsie Bridge above which there is deeper holding water, and from the bridge downstream the river features a series of deep bends and flats all of which are capable of holding salmon and trout.

The river is an important game fishery, with significant runs of salmon from June through to October.  While previously noted for its sea trout fishing, the runs of trout have not recovered to the levels enjoyed before collapse of the late 1980's.  Nevertheless they can still offer good sport in the right conditions.  Many anglers fish for sea trout at night along the entire length of the river, and in low water conditions they can also be caught on the tidal stretch during the day.

Salmon fishing is largely dependent on water levels and in the right conditions fish can be caught throughout the river, although early in the season sport is mostly confinded to the lower and middle reaches.  Naturally as the season progresses the fish move upstream, and then the upper stretches from Ballyartan through Claudy and beyond come into their own.

Fishing the Faughan

The Faughan is a notable salmon and sea trout fishery, with a number of other fish species present in varying numbers.  From the humble minnow to the eel and flounder, brook and sea lamprey theses species can be found in different parts of the river according to the ambient conditions. 

 There is a resident population of brown trout throughout the river and its tributaries although for the most part these are quite small and are generally not seen as a quarry species by anglers.  However brown trout to 1.5lb have been caught from time to time, and surveys by the Loughs Agency have indicated that in the headwaters and some tributary burns and streams there is a head of good sized brown trout.  While all legal methods are effective it is likely that fishing "fine and far off" with nymphs and dry flies could well produce results. 
For salmon and sea trout all legal methods will take fish.  For those favouring fly, the Pennell, Connemara Black, Zulu, Black & Silver etc will all take sea trout by day, while night fishing would tend to be more productive.
The Faughan was one of the rivers where northern traditional shrimp flies evolved.  These "Bugs" were popularised by the late EC Heaney, and famous local fly-tyers such as the late Lawrence Cunningham.  Shrimp flies still account for many fish on the Faughan but many anglers are now favouring modern adaptations such as the Cascade.
Anglers should familiarise themselves with the Loughs Agency regulations and be aware that from time to time the directors may impose additional restrictions, for example no spinning on certain stretches of the river or in low water conditions.  Anglers should be in possession of a valid Foyle licence and Faughan permit.
Getting in Touch:
The River Faughan Anglers Ltd
Unit 3B Ballinaska Park
18 Ballinaska Road
Springtown Industrial Estate
BT48 0NA
Tel: 028 - 71416934
Full contact details including a message submission facility, a map, and directions to the office are to be found on our
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