Fly Fishing at Coolefield House

River Finnow near MillstreetCoolefield House is blessed with its location from an Angling perspective with no less than seven different rivers within a 15 minute drive and both the Finnow and the Blackwater within walking Distance.

Currently, IRD Duhallow, a government and European funded agency are in the process of developing our region as a centre of Angling Excellence. This is being organised by local fishing instructor and guide Tom Ankettell, who also happens to be the Manager of the Irish Flyfishing Team.

Tom will organise permits and advise on all aspects of Angling locally.


Make Coolefield House Millstreet your home and enjoy some great fishing...Salmon fishing on the Cork’s River Blackwater is unique. The Cork Blackwater is Ireland’s finest Salmon River and one of the most important Salmon rivers in Europe, stretching for over 150 kilometres from its source in Kerry to the sea at Youghal. The season for Salmon opens on 1st February and continues until 30th September.

However, it is important to remember that the Blackwater also provides superb wild trout fishing. The Upper Blackwater and its Tributaries, in particular the Finnow, the Aubane & the Araglin Rivers as well as the Allow and Dallow in Kanturk  are superb fly fishing waters for both wet and dry fly. Successful flies on these waters include; Greenwell’s Glory, Pheasant’s Tail & Black Pennell. (Size 14).

Our local rivers are the Finnow and Aubane, which are tributaries of the River Blackwater. The Aubane river is fast flowing, and has ideal conditions for brown trout. The local farming community have engaged in pollution control over many years and this has contributed to the clear waters and healthy stock of brown trout. At Coolefield House we will empart our local knowledge of the Finnow,the Aubane and the Blackwater, of which we have a beautiful mile stretch on our farm and we look forward to making your fishing holiday a memorable one.

The Blackwater
This great river is noted for it’s enormous run of salmon that it has received over the years. However,as the subject is close to my own heart the wild  brown trout fishing in this unspoilt area of the upper Blackwater is excellent. The river here is a superb and beautiful mixture of  mighty pools, lovely streams and glides, in fact this river is perfect for the fly-fisherman.The trout average about 1/2 lb with the occasional fish to 2 lb. The fishing is very good, especially in the months of April, May and June. Useful patterns are the Greenwell’s Glory, Dark Olive Quill, Pheasant Tail, Orange Partridge and Wickham’s Fancy. The majority of the water can be covered with chest waders.

At Coolefield House we welcome Anglers of all levels. Our knowledge of local waters will help make your stay a more enjoyable one. And we offer fresh, packed lunches on request. Should you wish, guides can be organised.

Recommended links

Fly Fishing Ireland


Aubane Historical Society

Aubane History