Fishing and Angling are popular local pursuits

Finn Valley Cottages have specialist facilities for anglers, including drying room and fish preparation area.

Finn Valley Cottages is approximately 5 minutes from the River Mourne where salmon and trout can be fished locally.

We can organise a Loughs Agency License and day tickets as required. The Rivers Mourne and Finn are the nearest and provide some of the best fishing in europe.

All guides have specialist knowledge of the local rivers and the richest pools to fish according to conditions and time of year.

Local guides are available from


The salmon fishing can be very good from the end of May onwards, with the peak months being June and July, but can fish well from March until the end of September. The River Finn is a spate river and there is fantastic fishing shortly after heavy rain – which is a frequent occurrence in Ireland!!

The Mourne is not a spate river but like many other Irish rivers, it fishes best as the water fines down, but because of its size it usually fishes well for 3 or 4 days after the flood waters have receded. The Grilse will often press on unless the water is really low.


The River Mourne begins a couple of miles North West of the town of Newtonstewart, at the confluence with the River Derg. Upstream of here it becomes the River Strule, which is one of many tributaries of the Mourne. From its confluence with the Derg, the Mourne flows in a North Westerly direction, past Douglas Bridge, Victoria Bridge and Sion Mills on its way to join the Foyle at Strabane; a total of about 8 miles.


The River Finn rises in Lough Finn (County Donegal) and flows due East, past, Cloghan, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Killygordon, Liscooley, Castlefinn, and Clady, on its way towards its confluence with the Mourne and the Foyle, just above Lifford. Together with its tributary, the Reelan, it is one of the most prolific Salmon systems in the country. There are more than 25 miles of fishing on the River Finn, from Bellanamore Bridge (up near Lough Finn), right down to Flushtown.

RIVER DENNETT wild brown trout

River Dennet
Season: 20th May – 20th October

The Burn Dennett is a medium sized (5-20 metres width) spate river. Rising on the northern flanks of the main Sperrins ridge, the river drops northwards through Donemana, swinging west through native woodland and pasture before meandering across broad flats to reach the River Foyle upstream of the walled city of Derry/Londonderry. Sea trout peak June to August, with grilse best fished for in July and August and salmon in August and September with the wild brown trout being most active at the start of the season.

Throughout it’s length the Burn Dennett is relatively easy to wade with a shale/gravel bottom interspersed with the occasional larger rocks.

Due to the fact it is a spate river the depth and colour can change a wading staff and chest waders are highly recommended.

The Burn Dennett also has the only disabled angling point in the catchment that includes an accessible toilet – see the map for details.

Species:  Salmon, Sea Trout

Methods: Fly, Spinning, Worm

Best Salmon Flies: Wye Bug, Currys Red, Gold Shrimp, Apache Bug

Best Trout Flies: Large Dark Olive, Iron Blue Dun, Small Dark Olive, Sedges, Nymphs, Klinkhammers

Best Sea Trout Flies: Teal Blue & Silver, Peter Ross, Black Pennell

Omagh Anglers provide excellent Trout fishing.