Angling River Bush day ticket - rules, directions

There are named pools on each of the day ticket stretches and anglers are expected to follow fishing etiquette and move from pool to pool. Below is a short guide to the rules when angling on the River Bush day ticket stretches.

Rules  

Area/length Town beat - 300m between the road bridges in Bushmills - three rods available.
Area/length New beat - 457m from the downstream road bridge in Bushmills - three rods available
Area/length Leap beat - 560m upstream of the salmon station to the Salmon Leap falls - six rods available.
Species Salmon, brown trout and sea trout.
Season 1 March to 20 October
Angling is only permitted between 8.00 am to 10.00 pm 
Methods for Town beat Fly, worm and shrimp with spinning when the water level is on the green on the marker post situated on the arch of the upstream road bridge in Bushmills.
Methods for New beat Fly and worm at all times with spinning when the water level is on the green on the marker post situated on the arch of the upstream road bridge in Bushmills.
Methods for Leap beat Fly and worm only with spinning when the water level is in the green at the marker post situated on the west bank immediately downstream of the Salmon Leap falls.
Daily bag limit Salmon - catch and release policy for all salmon angling on the River Bush at all times.
Daily bag limit Trout – No bag limit.
Size limit Trout under 25.4cm in length must be returned unharmed to the water.
Licence/Permit/Day Ticket You require a DAERA rod licence and day ticket to fish these stretches, follow the link for more information. 
Restrictions

Spinning is not permitted when the red section is visible on the marker posts erected at the head of each stretch.

Prawns may not be used.

All foul hooked fish must be returned gently to the river.

The catch return for each ticket must be completed and returned when finished fishing (see below for further details).

Enforcement 

You must provide your name and date of birth when requested by an authorised DAERA officer to allow the officer to carry out a licence/permit/day ticket check.

Facilities for people with disabilities

Access for wheelchairs has been provided from the car park to the bridge pool on the town beat. 

The complete information is available in the angling regulations section.

Recording catches

It is very important that fish caught by anglers downstream (on the New and Town stretches) are recorded to give an accurate count of all fish that return to the river in any year. Catches are also recorded for the Leap stretch.

Information is collected on all angling and details of fish caught should be recorded in full. Even when nothing is caught, a nil return is required stating the date and which stretch was fished.

Anglers should make their catch returns by following the link below or by using the post box on the front gate of the station or by normal post to DAERA Inland Fisheries address.

There are named pools on each of the day ticket beats and anglers are expected to follow fishing etiquette and move from pool to pool.

How to get there

From Ballymoney:

Take the B66 to Bushmills through Dervock, turn left over the bridge in Bushmills, and left again into the Salmon Station. Alternatively, take the B62, through Ballybogey for 6.83 miles, turn right onto the B17 to Bushmills. Turn right into Bridge Street and right again just before the bridge into the salmon station.

From Portrush:

Take the A2 to Bushmills. Turn right after the school at the T-junction into Priestland Road and then first left after Saint Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Church into Bridge Street. Turn right just before the bridge into the Salmon Station.

Benvardin Bridge:

On the B67 between Ballycastle and Coleraine.

Dervock:

On the B66 between Ballymoney and Bushmills.

Armoy:

On the A44 between Ballymena and Ballycastle.

Stranocum Bridge:

On the B147 between Ballymoney and the B67.  Access along the river bank has been made easier by the construction of stiles and foot sticks over most of the distance between the downstream limit and Armoy. 

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