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Owenkillew River

Foyle Catchment |Owenkillew River

Season: 1st April – 20th October

The Owenkillew rises in the centre of the Sperrin Mountains and makes its way westwards to the River Strule near the town of Newtonstewart through mountain, rough pasture and then broad holms (or flood plains) in its lower reaches. This spate river is noted for its run of sea trout, good grilse and salmon from mid-July. The medium width (5-20 metres wide) Owenkillew also holds good brown trout. A 12 foot rod will be ideal for salmon in spate conditions with a 9-10 foot rod for trout in spate conditions. Chest waders are recommended as the river has some deep pools and pots and has quite a rocky bed in it’s upper stretches where a wading stick will be essential.


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Please note that whilst every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of angling club and associations boundaries it is essential you consult the club or association to confirm their upper and lower limits.

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Species: -Salmon
-Sea Trout
-Brown Trout
Best Times: July – October (salmon – lower stretches)
Mid August – October (salmon – above meetings)
Mid June – October (Sea Trout)
April – October (Brown Trout)
Methods: -Fly
Best Salmon Flies: -Gold Shrimp
-Bann Special
-Wye Bug
-Silver Wilkinson
Best Trout Flies: -Black Pennell
-Bloody Butcher
-Watsons Fancy
-Peter Ross
-Teal, Blue & Silver

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