Salmon and Trout Fishing in Kerry
Beaufort House provides some of the finest trout and salmon fishing in Kerry. We have nearly two miles of single bank fishing on the River Laune, which runs through the estate. Writing in Trout and Salmon Magazine David Barr described the Beaufort House waters as “…..the nearest thing to paradise I have seen”
Lake Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney and mountain lochs and Sea Angling are both available locally.
The fishing season runs from 17th January to the 30th September each year. The best time for salmon is from mid April to mid May and from early September to the end of the season.
When the water is cold early in the season sinking lines are recommended with double handed fly rods. Best flies are 'The Collie Dog' with 5 inch wing, and a short red throat hackle, 'The Comet' - a 3 inch brass tube - a very good fly for spring salmon. 'The Garry Dog' another good Laune fly in big sizes - at least 2.5 inches.
As we move into April, the temperature of the water will be rising to the magic 48 degrees and staying there for most of the day, and now intermediate and floating fly lines can be used as salmon are more interested in what is happening at the surface. Best patterns are Silver Doctor, Thunder & Lightning, Thunder Stoat, Stoat's Tail, Hairy Mary, Garry Dog, Blue Charm, and Lemon & Grey in sizes 2 to 6.
The fishery has a good stock of wild brown trout with a good percentage of them in the 12 - 16 ounce range. We have a great variety of fly life - olives, sedges, stoneflies and terrestrials, including the hawthorn. On summer evenings the number of trout taking the blue winged olive and its spinners has to be seen to be appreciated. The trout can be difficult to tempt in the clear water and the best chance is at dusk with a dry fly and a fine tippet.
Highly experienced ghillies can be arranged for guiding and tuition if required.
Donald and Rachel Cameron,