Drowes Salmon Fishery
Salmon Fishing & Accommodation in Ireland
The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier
spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The Drowes is among the earliest opening
salmon fisheries in the country and regularly claims the honour of producing
Ireland’s first salmon of the season on opening day, January 1st.
The river is some 5 miles in length, with over 70
named pools, flowing from Lough Melvin at Lareen Bay and entering the
sea at Tullaghan, just outside Bundoran.
The Drowes has a wide variety of water suitable for all fishing methods,
including several miles of good fly water and deeper slower moving pools
suitable for spinning and bait fishing.
The fishery is based at Lareen Estate, where the river flows from Lough
Melvin. There is a fishery office and tackle shop on the estate from where
fishing permits and licences are available and boats and engines may be
Also on the Estate are 11 holiday cottages, close to the water’s
edge, available for rent throughout the year. The cottages may be rented
on their own or as part of a fishing package which includes fishing and
“lake and sea and river and mountain in such exquisitely
intimate juxtaposition that, sun-gilt and green-garbled they impart
and almost unbearable beauty” - Gray’s Sporting Journal
“a place where folk’s wide-open warmth seems constantly
to be redefining hospitality” - Gray’s Sporting Journal