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Agivey has ample salmon and strong fighting trout

The Agivey Anglers Association which has a membership of 400, has been proactively managing the Agivey Fishery since 1973 under a long term lease from The Honorable, The Irish Society.

Their game fishing season runs from March 1 to September 30. With most fisheries in decline the association set about improving Agivey, setting up a hatchery in 1989 with the capacity to produce 250,000 salmon fry each year.

European grants, totalling about £200,000, have been spent on feeder stream habitat improvement, creation of spawning beds, cleaning and deepening of holding pools and cleaning and maintenance of the river.

The system is a tributary of the Lower Bann entering the Bann about eight miles south of Coleraine.The Big Agivey has a fishable length of about 12 miles, and the Wee Agivey, about eight miles. Both are described as spate rivers but, are rarely unfishable.

The Agivey holds salmon and a good stock of strong fighting brown trout, to 3lbs with the heaviest recorded brownie at 7lb 6ozs, caught by the late Joe Bonnar.

It has a run of spring salmon to 15lbs from March to May, with grilse to 6lbs running the river from June to August given good weather conditions. The heaviest salmon to date was caught in 2002 at 22lb 8ozs by local angler Mervyn Norris.

DCAL Licences are available from Atkins Tackle, Garvagh and Agivey Anglers Association Permits from Sheila McCann, 162 Agivey Rd, Aghadowey.

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Contact Kieran Tully, Secretary Agivey Anglers Assoc; Tel: (028) 70868967 or Email: secretary@agiveyanglers.co.uk

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