The Lower Caragh Fishery is located between Killorglin and Glenbeigh on the famous ring of Kerry. The Lower Caragh Fishery comprises part of Lough Caragh and the entire lower Caragh River. The fishery also includes commercial salmon fishing rights in the Caragh estuary which are presently not exercised. The Lower Caragh River runs clear even in high water conditions. Due to this clarity and the river’s gradient between Lough Caragh and the estuary (the Lower Caragh river falls 15m over a distance of ,8km) the river lends itself in particular to fly fishing. Atlantic salmon and sea trout run the river throughout the season which extends from 17th January to the end of September. The fishery gets a run of spring salmon, early grilse, summer grilse and summer salmon. Sea trout enter the river from late March/April onwards. The lower Caragh fishery is a fly only fishery. However, during high water conditions, other methods (e.g. spinning) may be allowed by management. A feature of the river is the long duration of flood events. Lough Caragh dampens the severity of floods and discharges water into the lower Caragh River in a manner which does not result in rapid changes in flow. The fishery has a full time Fishery Manager and a number of water bailiffs.
Lower Caragh Fishery
Trout, Salmon, Trout