Welcome to Roughty River

The Bridge at Ardtully Castle.. ©Stewart Stephens

Location: Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry

Contact: Ardtully Fishery: John O’ Hare, 21 Main Street, Kenmare. 064 41499.

Kilgarvan Anglers, Quills shop, Kilgarvan. Secretary: Helen O’Sullivan. 087 6243990 

The Experience:

Some 30km long, the Roughty River flows from its source on the Cork Kerry border to the sea in Kenmare Bay and is a spate river typical to the region. Best fished after a flood, the river has a run of salmon and sea trout and in addition to this main river fishing is also possible on its tributary The Slaheny River.  

While the bank is overgrown in many places which makes fly fishing difficult, it is worth trying where you get the chance. Otherwise worming and spinning are the preferred methods on this river which is characterised by some big slow pools that hold fish. Again, the countryside around the river is spectacular which makes your experience on this river all the more special – once of course you manage to add a freshly run fish to that experience.

Species & Fishing:

Salmon and Sea Trout are the main species on the Roughty River with a good run of grilse as well as sea trout and best months for fishing are from June right through to the end of the season in September. The run of sea trout on the river has greatly increased in recent years and it is well worth the trip to try and catch one of these wonderful fish. Brown trout are also to be found in the river though small in size in general.



Access to the river is relatively easy with a number of roads running near the river at different points.

Rules & Regulations:

All legal methods of fishing are allowed on this river whose season runs from 15th of March to the end of September for salmon with an extra 12 days in October for trout (both brown and sea trout). Please ensure you are fully up to date with the regulations that apply before starting to fish.

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