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The Monaghan Blackwater


The Monaghan Blackwater rises near the Bragan mountains and flows in a south-easterly direction through Monaghan Town. It eventually joins the Ulster Blackwater Near Caledon. Angling is controlled by the Monaghan Anglers Association who regularly stock the river. This river contains a good stock of wild and stocked brown trout as well as an increasing number of Dollaghan, which are a strain of trout unique to Lough Neagh and which migrate into this river to spawn. They are extremely fast growing and provide excellent sport. Dollaghan are not a free rising fish and the angler should employ similar methods to sea-strout fishing including fly patterns. The best time to fish for Dollaghan is after sunset right through to early hours. All legitimate methods are allowed but the Association encourages and supports a policy of catch and release. Some of the more popular angling areas are upstream and downstream of Milltown Bridge, upstream and downstream of Rathconnell Bridge and Silver Stream area close to the confluence with the Ulster Blackwater.

Location: Co. Louth and Co. Tyrone. The main town in the area is Monaghan Town.

Season: March 1st to 30th September.

Fish Species: the Monaghan Blackwater River contains stocks of wild and stocked brown trout throughout it's course. Dollaghan are also present a small run of salmon is reported in late summer.

Methods: All legitimate methods are allowed however catch and release is encouraged

Best Flies:
Brown trout: Hares Ear, assorted Goldheads, Wickhams Fancy, Black and Silver Spider Kilinkhammer Special, Grey Duster, Grey Flag, Black Gnat, Sedge and Olive patterns.

Dollaghan: Teal Blue & Silver, Black Pennell, Peter Ross, Conemara Black, Sliver Spider, Bann Special, Ally's Shrimp.

Salmon: Green Highlander, Garry Dog, Orange & Gold Shrimp, Bann Special Shrimp.

Angling Clubs: The Monaghan Anglers Association control angling on this water.

Angling Tip: When fishing for Dollaghan use sea-trout tactics. Small salmon flies work well in coloured water. Fish after sunset.

Further Information: For further information please contact,

The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board,15a Main Street, Blackrock Co. Dublin

Tel: 00 353 1 2787022 Fax: 00 353 1 22787025 email:

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