River Mourne Guides is a newly established angling guiding service which aims to cater for the ever increasing number of visitors who come to enjoy the excellent fishing available on the River Mourne. We also guide on The River Finn, which with the river Mourne make up the Foyle River basin. Both rivers are known for their good runs of Atlantic Salmon. There is also a variety of resident brown trout, and smaller runs of sea trout.
River Mourne Guides has been set up by twin brothers Brendan and Jarlath Winters. We grew up in Strabane, situated on river Mourne, just above the confluence with the river Finn, which together make up the River Foyle. We fished the River Mourne from an early age and consider it to be our home river. Brendan is the owner of a local tackle shop, River Mourne Guns and Tackle.
Growing up along the Mourne we have been lucky enough to have this great salmon fishing on our doorstep. Through our time on the river we have met many friends from near and far who enjoy the river as we do. Soon it became apparent to us the possibilities and need to provide a service for those who want to come and enjoy what our rivers have to offer. This is a passion shared by all our guides and a positivity we hope to install in our guiding packages.
The area offers a long season to the visiting angler, with spring fishing beginning on the River Finn on March 1st and the Mourne opens on April 1st. The Finn fishes until closing September 15th and the Mourne continues on until October 20th. This gives prospective anglers plenty of scope, when trying to plan a trip to suit the available time frame they may have.
Trout and Salmon commented recently on the areas ability to have fishing available in times of high water and in times of drought.This is due to the geological variation across the Foyle basin. The size of the River Mournes catchment means the lower river always has sufficient water to encourage fish in of the tide. The tide pushes through the Foyle into the lower stretches of the River Mourne. Salmon can be caught fresh of these tides in the lowest of water. Low water, with even small water level rises can bring exciting sport on the Mourne.
The Finn is a spate river, as are the the Mournes’ tributaries Derg and Glennelly/Owenkillew rivers. These rivers flood quickly in times of heavy rain, but running of a granite bedrock the levels reduce quickly allowing fishing often within an hour of rain stopping. These rivers are productive in their respective times of the year as season progresses and fish move further through the system..
Fishing on the Rivers is made up of a variety of public association water, and private beat fishing. This provides the angler with the ability to choose fishing to suit his/her pocket. You can have a quiet bit of the river to yourself, or share your passion with the local anglers on some of the fine associations and open water. River Mourne guides aim is to use our knowledge to help you in planning your fishing adventure in our area.
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River Mourne Guides
@ River Mourne Guns and Tackle
38 Main Street,
With thanks to the Loughs Agency for support and imagery.
Thanks to Gardiner Mitchell Photography. (gmp*)
River Mourne Guns and Tackle
38 Main Street,
Tel: 0044(0)2871886218 For all your fishing and hunting needs.
Try out rods from major brands on the river with our guides. Friendly helpful service and advice on fishing in our local area.