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.
|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|
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||
|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
- phone: 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.