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The Drowes has a lot to offer the salmon and trout angler and is heralded by many as the top Irish Spring Salmon Fishery. There is also a healthy grilse run during the summer months and brown trout fishing can also be excellent from early summer.

The peak of the spring salmon run occurs in March/April while the peak of the grilse run occurs in June/July.

Access on the Drowes is aided by the provision of miles of wooden walkways and stiles along its bank, making fishing possible for the less able bodied.


Lough Melvin is the most important salmonoid fishery in the north west of Ireland. Melvin is 8 miles long by 2 miles wide and covers an area of 2000 hectares.

The lake is unique in that it holds a stock of 4 distinct species of trout. These are, common brown trout, sonaghan (salmo nigrippinis), gillaroo (salmo stomachius) and ferox (salmon ferox). These species are genetically distinct and can be readily identified by their colours, spotting patterns and shapes.

Wet fly fishing with a cast of 3 to 4 flies is the traditional method of trout fishing on Melvin. Some of the favourite patterns include; Bibio, Sooty Olive, Claret Bumble, Golden Olive Bumble, Gorgeous George and Green Peter. Trolling with Rappallas, Tasmanians and Tobies is the preferred method for pursuing salmon and the large ferox trout of the Lough.


There are 11 cottages available for rent on the estate throughout the season.

Each cottage comes equipped with all modern conveniences – television, DVD and CD player, dishwasher, coffee maker etc. All cottages are centrally heated and also have an open fire. Items such as bed linen and towels are provided.

Bookings are usually on a Saturday to Saturday basis except during early season when midweek and weekend breaks are available.

source: drowessalmonfishery.ie