Owenmore System

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Top of the Owenmore valley from Folach na Marbh, showing Loch Dubh on the right, Loch Geal centre, Clogharee Logh and Lough Atlea on the left.. ©Stewart Stephens

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The Owenmore System

This system comprises the Owenmore (Cloghane) River, Lough Atlee, Clogharee Lough, Lough Geal and Loch Dubh. The river drains a series of paternoster lakes in a magnificent glaciated valley overlooked by the Conor Pass road between Castlegregory and Dingle. The system is privately owned and managed as a commercial fishery. There are 5 ½ miles of fishing with the bottom two miles continuous and scattered pools above that. The river is easy to fish with a series of beautiful pools and runs. Most can be fished from the bank but wading is possible in places. The terrain is difficult to travel in places.

The river gets a good run of sea trout and salmon, though the runs are getting later. It is observed that the sea trout run is related to the abundance of sandeel – if they are scarce, the fish run later. The main run is May to August and there are good fish – the best in 2012 was 7 ¾ lbs and the bigger trout run later in the year. The Owenmore is noted as a night fishery. The fishery is fly only with bait fishing and spinning prohibited.
Two of the lakes are excellent salmon and trout fisheries and boats are available for €30 per day. Petrol engines are not allowed but electric motors are.

There is excellent sea trout and bass fishing in the estuary.

Owenmore System
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