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The River Fane


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The River Fane owes its origins to a series of smaller tributaries, which rise in Counties Monaghan and Armagh. These include the Frankfort and the Mullaghaduff and they flow into Lough Muckno. Between Lough Muckno and Lough Ross this river is known as the Clarebane, which is deep and slow flowing. The Fane proper originates from Lough Ross which straddles the border between Monaghan and Armagh. In total the Fane flows in a S.E. direction for 38 miles before entering the Irish sea at the sea-side village of Blackrock, Co. Louth.The Fane and its tributaries hold good stocks of brown trout, salmon and sea trout. Sea-trout fishing can be good from the end of May and around Mc Kennas Bridge is a favourite stretch. Brown trout fishing is good in the upper stretches from Knockbridge upstream. This beautiful stream gets hatches of large dark olives, iron blue duns, various sedges including the grey flag and black gnats. The best of the salmon fishing takes place from July to October and can be dependent on water levels. Riparian owners and a number of angling associations, some of which have day permits available, control fishing.


Location: Co. Louth, Monaghan and Co. Armagh. The main towns and villages are Blackrock, Knockbridge, Iniskeen, Culaville and Castleblaney.

Season: Salmon and Sea trout: February 1st to October 12th. Brown Trout: March 1st to 30th September 

Fish species: The River Fane contains stocks of wild brown trout and salmon throughout. Sea trout fishing is best on its lower reaches around Mc Kenna`s Bridge. 

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

Angling Clubs: The Dundalk Salmon Anglers are by far the biggest club and control a large section of water. Further informationon this Association can be recieved from the Secretary, Mr. C. Duffy, O`Hanlon Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

The Dundalk Brown Trout Anglers and the Village Anglers in Iniskeen also control stretches of water. Further information on the Dundalk Brown Trout Anglers can be obtained from this link:

There is also a syndicate, which controls the Balintra fishery below Iniskeen, but this is strictly private.

Angling Tip: Many of the well known pools are heavily fished so the pools upstream of Iniskeen can produce salmon after a flood.

Island Tackle, 58 Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth Tel: 00 353 42 9335698
Ruddys, Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan. Tel: 00 353 42 9378139
The Bicycle Doctor, Bridge Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 00 353 42 9378139

Pools: (1) Railway Pool (2) Boiling Pool (3) Garden Pool (4) Craigs Pool (5) Mill Pool (6) Joes Pool

 (7) Fitzgeralds Pool (8) Swingbridge Pool (9)Hall Pool (10)Narrow Neck Pool (11) Turn Hole

 (12)Duffys Pool (13) Mill Pool (14)Peppers Wall (15) Mulhollands Pool (16) The Splink (17)Kearneys


Heinz and Rose Lorenz, Gleneven Guesthouse, Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan.
Tel & Fax: (Europe) 00 353 42 9378294 (U.S.A.) 011 353 42 9378294


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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