The Foyle system
A truly massive system comprising some 900 miles of waterways including the prolific river Mourne. The system is second to none being regarded as one of the best salmon fisheries in Europe.
Prodigious catches in the tens of thousands of fish were taken by the nets and I wonder what the future holds for the Foyle now the drift nets are gone. Most of the fishing is done in the tributaries.
The sysytem is extensive taking in county Londonderry, and Tyrone. The sea lough, Lough Foyle, recieves water from four rivers. The Foyle, Culduff, Faughan and Roe.
The river Foyle is however by far the more complex. From Londonderry up to Lifford the Foyle receives water from the Dennet and the smaller river Deele.
Just above Lifford the Folye is formed from the union of the famed salmon river, the Finn and the famed salmon river the Mourne. Travelling 8 miles up the Mourne in turn is formed when the Strule and Derg unite.
The Strule collects water from the rivers, Glenelly, Owenkillew, Drumragh, Camowen, Cloghfin, Quiggery, Owenreagh, Drumquin and Fairywater. What a lot of fishing water.
You will need a DAERA license or an endorsed Lough Agency License to fish on the Foyle System. For more information got to: