Thank you for visiting the River Ilen Anglers Club page,
as you are here let us tell you a little about the river and the fabulous fishing available to members and visitors!
The River itself is a medium size spate river that fishes best on a dropping flood for both salmon and sea trout, spinning worm and fly fishing are the methods used and allowed on club water.
Great catches of both salmon and sea trout are recorded each season and have been improving yearly in both numbers and size since the cessation of drift netting in 2007, so much so that the River Ilen now has the highest quota available for salmon catches amongst West Cork rivers including the Bandon!
Scenically the river is beautiful and a joy to fish, pools along club waters are easily accessible with seats, steps and stiles put in place for the anglers comfort. With selective tree pruning done along the river in recent years fly fishing has become a more available option especially on the lower river with numerous pools opened up to suit fly fishermen, night time fly fishing for sea trout is a pleasure with great stocks of trout entering the river from April.
Sea Trout up to 5lb (2.25kg) are been caught yearly with those venturing out at night recording great catches!
All anglers are welcome and there is fishing equipment, accommodation and tickets available locally, we especially encourage youths to take up angling and
have a youth day penciled in for later in the year to try and get more young people involved with what will hopefully be a life long hobby!.
Wishing you tight lines for the coming season please feel free to scroll through the options above for more information on day tickets, membership's or accommodation for visiting anglers.