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The Sneem is a spate river about 8 miles in length. The best fishing pools are within easy reach of the lodge. You may fish both banks, and we recommend that you concentrate on the pools from Jacks down to the sea.

On the sitting room wall, there is a map giving the location of the main pools.

The Fishing Register, which can be found on the sitting room desk, contains a wealth of information and will provide you with advice about which flies to use, the optimum water height(there is a guage by the bridge), the most prolific pools etc. You may contact a member of the fishing club who will be pleased to show you the best pools and lies.

There is an excellent Fishing Shop in nearby Kenmare and one in Waterville. The season is from mid-March until the end of September.

Please note that before you start fishing, you must purchase a fishing licence from the fishing shop in Kenmare or via the internet.

Dromtine Lake, near the top of the river may be fished for small brown trout and the odd sea trout.

The average annual catch since 1998 is over 50 salmon and grilse. Since the lifting of the drift nets in 2006, the average has increased dramatically to over 100. The best fish in 2010 weighed over 11 lbs, in 2011, 11.5 lbs, and in 2012, 15lbs.

In January 2009, Mike Henessy of the South West Fishery Board undertook to survey the river during spawning and stated that the results were favourable and the Sneem system to be very healthy. Optimism for the future is considerable.

Over ten days during September 2011, thirteen Salmon and Grilse were caught and a further six were hooked and lost.

When the river is low, it is well worth visiting the renowned Waterville Lakes. You should hire a boat with outboard motor, and preferably a ghillie to show you the best places to fish. We recommend Frank Donnelly at Lakelands Farm on 00353 669474303.

The Huts boat is moored at Oysterbed Pier.Leaving Sneem Village on the Kenmare road you will see a sign to Oysterbed Pier  approximately 3kms from the village.

The fibreglass boat is navy blue with white interior,16ft,an open boat with small locker forward built by O´Sullivans of Thalee. The Johnson 7hp outboard is left locked on the boat. The fuel tank and rowlocks are stored at The Huts, and, after use,  must be returned to the house and not left on the boat.The boat must be returned to it´s mooring after use.

For safety reasons, please leave the fuel tank and rowlocks in the game locker  outside the  main door.

It is now mandatory to wear life jackets.We have 3 at the house but recommend you bring your own. Always have a mobile phone with you and check the weather forecast before you go out.It is assumed that anyone using the boat has previous experience.

The fuel ratio of unleaded petrol to two stroke oil is 50:1.

Should you have any problems with the boat please contact Henry Cowper on 0539236230.

Any problem with the engine, contact Sneem Small Engines and Mobile mechanic on 0876499458.

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The boat is ideal for mackerel and pollock fishing, picnicing and visiting the many islands on the Kenmare Estuary. On a fine day, we recommend crossing the Estuary to the delightful fishing harbour of Kilmacalogue or take a picnic and make the most of the beautiful surroundings.