Bandon River rises in the Shehy Mountains in west Cork and flows
east through Dunmanway, Ballineen, Enniskeane, Bandon and
Innishannon to Kinsale Harbour. This is primarily a salmon and
sea trout river but there are also plenty of resident brown trout on all
stretches of the river system.
The grilse run occurs at the end of June and water levels can be
critical for good fishing. There is also a very good run of big
fresh fish in August and September again dependent on water
levels. The most popular local salmon flies are the Hairy Mary,
Silver Wilkinson, Black & Silver and Garry Dog.
The river gets an excellent run of Sea Trout commencing in May
and lasting through August. A large number of sea trout are
taken on the free waters of the estuary right up to Innishannon
Bridge and Bandon Town. The usual sea trout flies are the most
effective - Peter Ross, Teal Blue Silver and Bloody Butcher.
The fishing rights on the Bandon River are owned and controlled by a mixture of private land
owners, syndicates and various angling clubs.