Tullaghobegley & Ray Rivers

  • The Tullaghobegley River is open with a brown tag required – code K3
  • The Ray is Catch and Release
  • Angling Bye-law No. 930,2014 This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 913, 2013icon ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 930, 2014 (141 KB).

The Tullaghobegley River (also known as the Bawaan River) flows for some 9 miles, emptying into Ballyness Bay and thence to the sea. The source of the river is Lough Altan at the base of Mount Errigal in Glenveagh National Park (worth a visit in itself).

The Tullaghobegley, though small, is a productive salmon and sea trout fishery recording around 300 salmon per season. The river fishes from June onwards. By far the most popular spot is the Baawan Pool, since fish can run in with the tide, regardless of water levels. It can be very busy though, with anglers standing shoulder to shoulder. However, during spates there are some nice pools above the Main Road Bridge, above the old Railway Bridge and at Meendarragh. Popular flies are small shrimp flies, black Pennell and a Donegal Blue.

The Ray (pronounced rye) runs for 8 miles out of the Agla Beg and Muckish mountains before reaching the sea. It is a spate river and as such fishes best when dropping down from a flood. It gets a small run of spring fish in May. The period between mid-June and the end of the season has the biggest runs of fish. A high percentage of salmon caught in the Ray are in the 10 – 12lb range. The most popular pools are at the Tractor Bridge, The Pots and a couple of pools upstream of the bridge. These areas are heavily fished during a spate but there is fishable water for a few miles upstream of this during a good flood.
Sea trout start to run the river in mid-July. The best results are achieved at night, with the most favourable locations being downstream of the Tractor Bridge and in the estuary. Productive flies for the salmon include shrimp flies, especially Curry’s Red Shrimp. Sea trout favourites include Silver Spider, Peter Ross and a Butcher.

The stretch of the Right Bank of the river in Moyra Glebe is in Private ownership. This is the Muckish Mountain fishery. Permits are available for this section of the river (see below).

N.B. Prawn and Shrimp are prohibited on the Ray.