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New trout fishing guide to Annalee River launched

Story by Damian McCarney

Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016 5:34pm

New trout fishing guide to Annalee River launched

Pictured with the River Annalee Angling Guide were (L-R): Ted Sweeney, IFI; Larry Tierney, Laragh Angling Club; Peter O' Reilly, Trout Angling Expert; Seamus Reilly, Laragh Angling Club; and Francie McNally, Cavan Anglers. Missing from photo, Seamus Hughes, Bunnoe Anglers.

A new guide for brown trout angling on the River Annalee in the upper reaches of the River Erne system has been launched. 

The Annalee River is one of the main tributaries of the Upper Erne and provides quality wild brown trout fishing over much of its 60 kilometres length. It is one of the premier trout fisheries in the area capable of producing trout up to two to three pounds in weight and has previously hosted national fly-fishing championships based on the quality of the angling available. 

The new guide was prepared by Inland Fisheries Ireland in consultation with the Cavan, Laragh and Bunnoe district angling clubs. It comes as a fold-out water-resistant leaflet providing a map and associated information identifying key angling stretches, access points and relevant angling regulations for the area. It also identifies where visiting anglers may obtain permits to fish as well as providing some helpful advice regarding recommended fly patterns for use throughout the season.

The guide was launched by renowned local angling guide, author and fly-tier Peter O’Reilly at the Angling Ireland stand during the Ireland Angling Expo at Cloghran, Swords, Co. Dublin. 

Following the launch of the new guide, Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, commented: “Angling in Ireland is a huge recreation and sport with over 400,000 adults fishing our rivers, lakes and coastline each year. Tourist and domestic angling activity supports over 11,000 jobs, primarily in rural and peripheral areas, and contributes €836 million to the Irish economy annually.

“The continued conservation, protection, development and promotion of the resource is fundamental to maintaining and growing these figures. IFI is committed to the National Strategy of Angling Development through which these actions can be taken, subject to funding and the support of our stakeholders.

"The Annalee brochure is an example of IFI working with local angling interests to ensure the wonderful amenity of the Annalee is promoted to reach its full potential in terms of the local and visiting angling in support of the local community.” 

The guide is available from the IFI offices or can be downloaded from the IFI website at 

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