Owenbeg Enhancement Works 2014

Arc NW

Roe Angling Limited is pleased to announce that Enhancement work has started for this year on the Owenbeg River. This is one of the main spawning tributaries on the River Roe. The aim of this work is to reverse the effects of drainage work on our tributaries. We would like to thank ARC NW for their continued funding of our habitat enhancement schemes.

This work comprises of ten spawning sites with nursery in front of a small low water groyne. Behind this, large rocks are placed for 75 yards below the site. This is deemed as best practice, as it is the cheapest method to encourage salmonoid numbers within a catchment area. These large boulders help provide food for all species of fish and helps juvenile fish to grow. This makes them better prepared for their journey at sea.

We have been using this method since 1997 and the electrofishing results from Loughs – Agency show that it is making a big difference to the River Roe salmon numbers. We had over 4,000 fish over the counter for last year.

We again would like to thank the Land owners for their help by allowing us access to the river over their land.

2014 River Enhancement Work
2014 Enhancement Work

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Fishing on the River Roe

The River Roe flows from the hills above Dungiven down through the Roe Valley through the Town of Limavady to enter the Foyle Estuary on the north eastern corner of the Foyle Area. The River Roe is a medium sized spate river (5.20 m) with fine runs of sea trout and salmon. Early June sees the first of the Sea Trout entering the River these trout are usually the bigger trout from 1to 3lbs in weight.

The first of the Grilse appear along with this run of sea trout. July sees the main run of sea trout entering the lower stretches of the River with the dedicated Fly fisher catching them at night, successful flies are Teal Blue, Black Zulu, Peter Ross and Black Pennell patterns, floating or intermediate lines work best.

Local anglers pray for rain in July as the first spates in July see runs of Grilse and Salmon enter the River. These salmon range from 3 to 6lb with a few larger salmon 8 to 12lb being caught. The water conditions control the methods used. When the river is in full spate the local anglers will fish worms and spin with flying ‘C’s and Copper Spoons being successful methods, as the river begins to drop and clear the Fly fisherman will cast his flies in hope of a fish. The local patterns include the Wilkinson Shrimp, Curry’s Red, Apache and Bann Special Shrimp patterns working well in sizes 8 to 12’s depending on water height. August tends to be a hard month on the river as the water levels tend to be low.

September and the River Roe goes up a gear and when the water comes the local anglers make to the banks of the river in hope to connect with a fish or two. October sees the last few weeks of the season and the runs of salmon head up towards their spawning beds above Dungiven. The anglers also head upstream following the runs of salmon fishing areas like the Carrick Flats, The Rock Hole, The Straw and other pools around Burnfoot.

Access to fishing on the River Roe

The fishing on the River Roe is mainly controlled by Roe Angling Limited. Further information on purchasing day tickets can be viewed in the tickets section. Anglers wishing to renew their membership should send a SAE with last years membership and the relevant fee to :
Roe Angling Limited
127 Ballyquin Road,
BT49 9EZ