Angling at Shimna River

From August, salmon is prevalent in this water. The clear water and rocky pools call for special fishing techniques.

Key information

Nearest town Newcastle
Area/length 4 km
Species salmon, brown trout and sea trout
Season 1 March to 31 October
Methods fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing
Daily bag limit

four brown trout per rod, catch and release for all salmon:

Size limit trout minimum takeable size 25.4cm
Licence DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA
Permit DAERA game angling permit: Game angling permit prices from DAERA
Day ticket Shimna Angling Club Day ticket
Other restrictions fishing on Sunday is not allowed, and anglers must stop fishing when the bag limit is taken

Club daily and weekly ticket information

Under an agreement with the Shimna Angling Club, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) game season permit holders can fish the club stretch as well.  

  • six daily tickets are available at a reduced rate to all DAERA Game Season Permit Holders to fish the DAERA stretch 
  • eight daily tickets are available at a reduced rate to all DAERA Game Season Permit Holders to fish the club stretch (two tickets are specifically for anglers with disabilities)
  • a further four weekly tickets are available at a reduced rate to all DAERA Game Season Permit Holders for either the DAERA or club stretch - these weekly tickets are not for sale until two days before the first day of fishing

Daily and weekly tickets are available from:

The Four Seasons
47 Main Street
Newcastle
  • Telephone: 028 4372 5078

How to get there

Newcastle is on the A2 from Belfast. The forest park is signposted. Anglers pay to park in Tollymore Forest Park car park. 

Everything you need to go fishing

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