Houses » Aasleagh Lodge & River Erriff Fishery
Aasleagh Lodge Country House Lodgings in Connemara, Ireland on the River Erriff in Co Galway offers superb fly fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout - one of the best spate rivers in Ireland
Aasleagh is one of the most beautifully situated fishing lodges in Ireland. Built beside the famous Aasleagh Falls and half encircled by a magnificent plantation of Scots pine, the Lodge has sensational views over Killary Harbour and the mountains of Connemara. This large Victorian country house has recently been completely refurbished and now plays host to anglers and other guests from all over the world. It was previously part of the estate of the Marquis of Sligo and is now run by staff of the State’s Western Regional Fisheries Board.
Aasleagh Lodge is noted for its use of fresh local seafood and the communal dining arrangements make for great atmosphere and much craic. For non-fishers, there is golf at Westport or Ballyconneely, several local riding stables, beautiful sandy beaches nearby and plenty of healthy walks, not to mention the many traditional pubs of Leenane and beyond. The Lodge is open from May to September. Two self-catering cottages are also available for rental, rates available on request.
Aasleagh Lodge is run in conjunction with the River Erriff, one of the best spate salmon rivers in Ireland. The Fisheries Board controls the entire river system, with the main eight-mile section being divided into nine beautiful beats. Fishing is rotated on a daily basis and is primarily for salmon, though sea trout are also taken. The best months are June, July & September. Some springers are taken in April or May and August can be productive in wet weather. Boat fishing on Tawnyard Lough is available from July.
Fishing is best after rain, but small flies can work well in low water, especially if there is a good wind blowing. Many anglers bring both double-handed rods (for high water) and single-handed rods. Good beat maps are available at the Lodge, as are State licences and sage advice. Ghillies can be arranged, but most anglers fish without. Flyfishing is the norm, but worming and spinning may be authorised by the fishery manager, according to conditions.