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.