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Moyola River

Rising high in the Sperrin Mountains above Draperstown, the Moyola makes its way past the towns of Tobermore, through Castledawson before entering Lough Neagh near Toomebridge.

In the upper reaches, the character of the river is one of streams and fast flowing water with short deep pools. The river also swells in size, as the countless tributaries join with the main river. It is estimated that there are more than 130 miles of tributaries, which flow into the Moyola.

Like many other rivers, these upper reaches are the destination of migrating salmon and dollaghan, with many miles of spawing beds in both the main river and tributaries.

Further downstream, and the predominant characteristic of the river is of long, slow, deep pools, which are well populated by native brown trout throughout the year.  This stretch of river from Lisnamuck Bridge to Castledawson has many locally-known salmon holding pools, with fish appearing from mid-June onwards.
As the river flows through the village of Castledawson, it returns once more to fast flowing water, with well-defined pools which are perfect for salmon and dollaghan.
In the lower stretches of the Moyola, the water flow is much slower as it makes its way to Lough Neagh. There are however many defined pools in this part of the river, with pools such as the Thorn Hole and Stoneyford offering excellent angling opportunities.

Contact the Visitor Information Centre located at the Bridewell, Magherafelt for more information on fishing at the Moyola River.

For more information please contact:
The Bridewell
6 Church Street
BT45 6AN


Moyola River
Tel:028 7963 1510
Visit: Moyola River Website

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