Angling at River Margy, Carey and Glenshesk

Ballycastle Angling Club manages Margy, Carey and Glenshesk rivers for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The hatchery supplements salmon and sea trout stocks.

Key information

Nearest town Ballycastle
  • Margy 0.8km
  • Carey 3.6km
  • Glenshesk 5km
Species salmon, sea trout and brown trout
Season 1 March to 31 October

Margy River - fly fishing only between Bonamargy Bridge and the confluence of the Carey River. Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing on the rest of the Margy.

Carey - fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing from its confluence with the Glenshesk River upstream to Ballyvoy Bridge.
Rest of Carey - fly fishing and spinning. Worm fishing after 1 July

Glenshesk Rivers - fly fishing and spinning. Worm fishing after 1 July. That portion of the Glenshesk River from its confluence with the Carey River upstream to Glenshesk Bridge

Daily bag limit

there is no bag limit for trout; there is a catch and release policy for all salmon:

Size limit None
Licence DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA
Permit DAERA game angling permit: Game angling permit prices from DAERA
Day ticket  Ballycastle Angling Club Day Ticket

Club Ticket information

Ballycastle Angling Club manages these fisheries. Fifteen free day tickets are available to holders of DAERA game season permits:

Three of these are available for the stretch from the mouth of the river to its confluence with the Carey and Glenshesk Rivers. There are six tickets available for the Carey River and six for the Glenshesk River from their confluences upstream. During September and October there will be three identified beats on the Carey and Glenshesk rivers. One day ticket per beat will be available. There will also be two day tickets available for the Margy stretch during this period.

Day tickets are available from the club bailiffs on Sundays and at the address below during the week:

Mr D McAuley
Moyle Outdoor Angling and Leisure
17 Castle Street
  • Telephone: 028 2076 9521

The Margy River and tributaries are noted sea trout fisheries with a run of salmon late in the season. Fishing on the Margy is almost entirely from the right bank by agreement with the riparian owner, Ballycastle Golf Club.

Anglers should respect golfers’ interests. During golf competitions, fishing from the golf course will be restricted. Check notices for information.

How to get there

Margy River

Carey River

Glenshesk River

The Margy runs into the sea at Ballycastle, which is on the A2 between Cushendall and Bushmills. 

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