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County Down (named after its county town, Downpatrick) is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the northeast of the island of Ireland. Adjoined to the southeast shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 2,448 square km and has a population of about 531,665. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland and is within the province of Ulster.

The county was archaically called Downshire. It borders County Antrim to the north, the Irish Sea to the east and south, County Armagh to the west, and County Louth to the southwest. In the east of the county is Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula. The largest town is Bangor, on the northeast coast. Three other large towns and cities are on its border: Newry lies on the western border with County Armagh, while Lisburn and Belfast lie on the northern border with County Antrim. Down contains both the southernmost point of Northern Ireland (Cranfield Point) and the easternmost point of Ireland (Burr Point).own contains two significant peninsulas: Ards Peninsula and Lecale peninsula.

The county has a coastline along Belfast Lough to the north and Carlingford Lough to the south (both of which have access to the sea). Strangford Lough lies between the Ards Peninsula and the mainland. Down also contains part of the shore of Lough Neagh. Smaller loughs include Lough Island Reavy.

The River Lagan forms most of the border with County Antrim. The River Bann also flows through the southwestern areas of the county. Other rivers include the Clanrye and Quoile. There is also a canal; the Newry Canal the first summit-level canal ever to be built in the British Isles.

There are several islands off the Down coast: Mew Island, Light House Island and the Copeland Islands, all of which lie to the north of the Ards Peninsula. Gunn Island lies off the Lecale coast. In addition there are a large number of small islands in Strangford Lough.

Ballynahinch - The Fly Box

The Fly Box - 95 Burren Road, Ballynahinch, Co Down, BT24 8LF - 02897 533 311

Kilkeel - Kilkeel Fishing Supplies

The Harbour, Kilkeel, County Down BT34 4AX - +44(0)28 41769122

Kilkeel - Voyager Fishing Co Ltd

Falling Leaves, 18 Greencastle Road, Kilkeel, County Down BT34 4DE - +44(0)28 41762376

Kilkeel - Voyager Fishing Co Ltd

Falling Leaves, 18 Greencastle Road, Kilkeel, County Down BT34 4DE - +44(0)28 41762376

Newcastle - Four Seasons

47 Main Street, Newcastle, Co Down - +44 (0)28 437 25978

Ballykeel - Lougherne

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This attractive lough is stocked regularly. On the south side, the bank is steep and is not suitable for wading.There are fishing stands on the west side...

Castlewellan Lake

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This is a very popular fishery, which is stocked regularly with brown trout and rainbow trout...

Creevy Lough

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This beautiful Lough is managed by Dundonald Angling Club. Anglers can avail of six daily free tickets from Monday to Friday...

Hillsborough Lake

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The lake is situated in Hillsborough Forest, a large park with scenic wooded parkland, forest walks and lakeside paths. It is popular for family picnics and walks, and there are many pedestrians using the area. There are restrictions on fly fishing at this location...

Lough Cowey

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The fishery is stocked on a regular basis and has good quality over wintered fish available in early spring. Bags of large fish are frequent with traditional Irish fly patterns, buzzers and streamers being amongst the most popular flies. Although it is best fished from a boat there is also limited bank fishing available...

Lough Money

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All legal coarse fishing methods except for ground bait and maggots. Fishing from shore only. Rocky shores firm for wading, east bank best...

Loughbrickland Lake

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Loughbrickland, alongside the main Belfast to Dublin Road, is stocked with 3,000 takeable brown and rainbow trout. The shore is mostly firm and safe for wading but the north and south tips should be avoided. A surfaced path is provided along the west shore...

Newry Canal

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3-mile stretch from Newry to the Victoria lock gates on Omeath road, south of town. In winter the Albert basin is a good area for pike, and in summer the Omeath road stretch is highly recommended for other species. Bankside fishing only...

Portavoe Reservoir

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This small and very attractive reservoir is off the coast road between Donaghadee and Bangor. Regular stocking of takeable trout ensures good fishing at this popular location...

Quoile Basin

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Quoile bridge downstream to the new barrier at head of Strangford Lough. Easy access from road. 100 acres. Fishing from south bank except from Steamboat quay to Castle Island. Path and fishing stands. No digging for bait. This is an important nature reserve so do not leave bits of line around to harm the waterfowl...

Spelga Reservoir

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This reservoir, set in rugged surroundings in the heart of the Mournes, near the source of the River Bann, supplies water to the Portadown and Banbridge areas...

Ards Fly Fishing Club

James Crothers c/o Lough Cowey Fishery, Lough Cowey Road, Co Down

Camlough Angling Club

Oliver McGauley - 2 Carrick Ard, Fullerton Road, Newry BT34 2BE

Down Match and Leisure Angling Club
Bangor, County Down

Newry & Armagh

Gerard Murray - 14 Woodside Park, Bessbrooke, Co Armagh BT35 7ES

Newry Pike Angling Club

Phelim Jennings - 21 Barcroft Park, Newry, Co Down BT35 8EW

Newry Town Anglers

Thomas McCabe - 54 Larchmount, Armagh Road, Newry, Co Down BT35 6TX

The Cuan Hotel

Licenced Guest Inn - Strangford Village, Co. Down BT30 7ND - +44 (0)28 4488 1222 -

Ballywalter Game & Country Living Fair

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Following the massive success of the 2009 Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle, Antrim and as part of discussions on wider co-operation with the organisers of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland, BASC NI decided to cancel their 2010 Fair at Ballywalter in favour of greater involvement in other activities including having much greater participation at the Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle...

Strangford Guiding Company

We offer comprehensive practical guidance on all aspects of fishing for salmon and trout. The 2 day courses can cover river and lake fishing; wet-fly and dry-fly fishing: casting with single-handed and double-handed rods, including Spey-casting, roll-casting and casting into the wind; knot techniques; equipment and a wide range of practical guidance on river-craft, boat management, Fly Tying, related Entomology and general fishing skills, with Stephen, Stevie and Pat...

Bangor Boat

The boat running this season is the Blue Aquarius. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the 'bangorboat'.

Triton Marine Charters - Downpatrick

Triton Marine Charter Services offer a unique opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sea based leisure and work activities aboard our 42ft luxury charter vessel...

Fisheries in County Down

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Del & Eamon Rodgers

109 Castlewellan Road, Rathfriland, Co. Down BT34 5EP - (028) 4063 0093

Steven Moates

9 Scaddy Road, Killyreagh Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down - (028) 4461 6969 - 077 3456 1192 - Saltwater Fly Fishing Specialist. Fishes for Pollack, Wrass, Rock Cod, Bass, Sea Trout and Mackeral on Strangford and Carlingford Loughs and the Co. Down Coast. Boat and Shore Fishing also available as well as fishing in the local streams for Wild Brown Trout. Salmon fishing on the Co. Donegal spate rivers. Ghillie holds The Angling Certificate and is a member of The National Angling Guides Association...National

Strangford Guiding Company

Riverstone Cottage, 40 Scaddy Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down BT30 9BP - (028) 4482 8346 - Stephen Kennedy runs the Strangford guiding company, specializing in saltwater fly-fishing, on the coast of County Down. Steve is the third generation of the Kennedy family to have fished the fly in the saltwater. He specializes in Sea Trout, Bass, Pollock, and Mullet. Steve takes a total holistic approach to all aspects of saltwater fishing. Steve is available for guiding, casting tuition, saltwater workshops approach and method...