The “Bandon” as it is locally known is a beautiful river rising in the hills above Dunmanway. Working its way past the town of Dunmanway, flowing through Balineen and Enniskeane, past Bandon town, through the village of Innishannon where it meets the tide and enters the sea at Kinsale.
Salmon fishing on the Bandon can produce some of the biggest fish in Ireland with Salmon to 25lb being caught. It has many pools for salmon to rest up and this is a feature throughout the entire length of its course.
The variation of the pools are many and again different methods are used on the Bandon with fly fishing being the choice of many. A rod of twelve feet is what is required with a short head for quick loading as casting room can be limited. There are three clubs and some private water on the river.
Wild Brown Trout can be found on every stretch of the river and range from ten inches to twenty five inches with some larger fish landed every year. River nymphing , dry fly, wet fly and streamers are the chosen methods for the Bandon with dry fly being the top choice for many. Hatches on the Bandon are a joy to witness with many different species hatching simultaneously.. Rods for this river range from 8-10 feet AFTM 3-7.