Salmon: 1 February to 30 September
Brown Trout: 1 March to 30 September
The fishing is free but a small fee is charged by Ashford
Castle Hotel for admission to the grounds. The Cong River
rises in the village of Cong. It is, in fact, the outflow
from Lough Mask, further to the north, that escapes through
huge fissures in the cavernous limestone of the district and
rises again in the village of Cong. It is about one mile long.
This is a big, wide river, perhaps 100 yards wide in places,
and divided by an island at one point. It pushes down strongly
past Ashford Castle. Some of it can be fished off the bank
and it is possible to wade it, but more of it is better fished
from a boat. To fish it well, the visitor would be well advised
to employ one of the local gillies. They can be contacted
through any hotel or guest house in the village of Cong.
gets an excellent run of spring salmon and fishing can start
on opening day if the water is not too high. The peak of the
spring run is in April and then the grilse come in May. June
is particularly good, as is early July, and salmon are taken
here in lesser numbers for the rest of the season.
fish are mostly taken in spinning but the fly can take fish
from April onwards and shrimp and worm are also used.
also holds excellent stocks of good brown trout and some are
very large. It has good hatches of olives, mayflies, sedges
and midges and dry-fly fishing can be especially good. Body
waders are very useful for the dry-fly fishing but care should
be exercised while wading.