Angling at River Maine

This river varies greatly over its comparatively short length, with interesting pools and runs available for both fly and worm fishing.

Key information

Nearest town Cullybackey
Area/length 6.5km
Species salmon and brown trout
Season 1 March to 31 October
Methods fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing, but spinning is not permitted in April, May and June
Daily bag limit four brown trout per rod
Size limit

minimum takeable size 23cm, there is catch and release policy for all salmon:

Licence DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA
Permit DAERA game angling permit & Maine Angling Club Day Ticket
Maine day tickets 
  • from 1 April to 31 July - adults £10, juvenile £2
  • from 1 August to 31 October - adults £20, juvenile £3
  • only 10 day tickets are available to the public, all tickets are half price to DAERA permit holders (except Sunday)
Other restrictions no Sunday fishing

Wild salmon and brown trout fishery

The river also has dollaghan (big Lough Neagh trout) up to 2.25kg. Dollaghan offer excellent sport and in low water they are prevalent at night.

Maine Angling Club issues up to 10 daily permits to people wishing to fish on their stretch of the river. This extends (with a few exceptions) to about 6.5km of fishing from both banks of the river from Hillmount Weir upstream to a point around two miles above Dunminning Bridge.

Daily permits (except Sunday) are available from:

The Bridge Garage
4 Dreen Road
  • Telephone: 028 2588 0278

The day permit distributor is normally closed on bank and public holidays but opens until 10.00 am to sell permits to visiting anglers. Every angler is responsible for having a valid licence, permit and ticket before they start fishing.

How to get there

Cullybackey is on the B62 Ballymena to Kilrea Road, 2.98 miles from Ballymena. 

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