The River lee begins its journey in the Shehy mountains near Gougane Barra which is the first lake on the system containing Brown Trout.The Lee then flows through Ballingeary and into Lough Allua which is a mixed fishery containing Pike ,Perch and course fish.
This is a 10 km chain of wild Irish Loughs (lake) which has an average depth of 4m.
This holds pike to over 15 kgs with smaller pike of 4- 8 kgs abundant. In a recent survey Perch were the dominant species but this can change naturally from year to year.
The river Lee continues through the village of Inchageelagh heading east and splitting the land into a number of small river channels.
It opens into carrigadrohid reservoir at the Gearagh (the wooden river) which is the
remains of the only ancient post glacial alluvial oak forest in Western Europe.
This area of the Lee Valley holds Pike, Brown Trout , Perch , specimen Bream, Roach and Hybrids are also present.
This is a prime Pike fly fishery with a large amount of shallow water, drop off’s and underwater structure which is a haven for Pike to ambush prey.
Inniscarra is the last lake on the system and big Pike are present in numbers. This is a 10 km mixed fishery and holds Pike to over 15 kgs.
This is the most difficult Pike water on the system, but it holds the biggest fish. In the right conditions Inniscarra can be explosive with Pike averages of 5kgs plus not being uncommon. Despite the average depth of 10 meters, Inniscarra is a superb Pike fly fishery and most of the largest fish recorded each year have eaten a fly.
Both Carrigadrohid and Inniscarra reservoirs are subject to fluctuations in water levels which is why experienced guides are recommended.
A Permit Is required to fish the ESB controlled waters of carrigadrohid reservoir and Inniscarra.
Permits available from Inniscarra Angling Center, Cork.