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Rossinver fishery

Lough melvin

unique wild irish lough fishing

Lough Melvin, County Leitrim

Rossinver fishery syndicate.

The Rossinver Fishery Syndicate controls some of the finest wild game angling on Irelands Internationally renowned Lough Melvin.

The Fishery owns approximately one third of Lough Melvin which is 13 km long and no more than 3 km wide.

The lough is a post glacial salmonoid lake fed with nine rivers and small streams and runs to the sea at Lareen, through the Drowes River. 

The Fishery is bound by the political border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from the mouth of the Kilcoo River (The County River) in the South Eastern end of the lough to Maguire’s Island on the Northern shore and from there to the townland of Glack on the South Western shore.

Fly fishing for trout is excellent throughout the lough requiring different techniques for the two most sought after species the Sonaghan and the Gillaroo. The Sonaghan usually frequent the deeper waters and feed on daphnia and emerging insects, whereas the Gillaroo feed on mollusc.

Salmo stomachius

Lough Mevin is a lake where you can find the Gillaroo, a type of trout that mainly eats snails.

The Sonaghan trout is another species of salmonid unique to Lough Melvin, feeding on water fleas, midge etc.

We request Catch and Release on all Gillaroo and strongly promote catch and release on all other species.

All trout and char species are wild and the system has a good run of Atlantic salmon.

The season starts on February the first for salmon and February the fifteenth for trout.

Rossinver Fishery maintain, within their permit waters, a fly fishing only section in Rossinver Bay.

The lough has four kinds of trout which make it so unique.

Salmon are caught anywhere on the lough, but the Rossinver bay is the premium area for fly fishing Salmon as they accumulate to spawn in the Glenaniff River.

Several pages are devoted to Lough Melvin and its rare species in the book A Man May Fish by T.C. Kingsmill Moore.

The Rev. W. Houghton, in his beautifully illustrated book British Freshwater Fishes published in 1879, describes the Sonaghan, Gillaroo and Ferox with accompanying folio sized plates.

These three rare trout species are still available today to the discerning fisherman.