Eany Water Fishery Inver

Eany Water Fishery Inver

Eany Water Fishery Inver – located at Inver/Frosses area in South West County Donegal. The Eany is a spate river system and is part of a 125 km square catchment area comprising the Eany River, the lower reaches of the Eanymore River and the lower reaches of the Eanybeg River.

T: 00353 (0)74 9736559.

W: www.nrfb.ie

The Eany Water Fishery is noted, not only for its salmon fishing but was historically one of the most renowned sea trout rivers in Ireland. Salmon enter the fishery from the month of May onwards with the peak months for the grilse run being August and September. The fishery does not allow fishing with natural baits except worm. Spinning and fly fishing are the most popular methods depending on water height.

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Eany River

The Eany River itself is a 5km stretch of water beginning at the confluence of the Eanybeg and Eanymore at Ballymacahill Bridge and flows into the sea at Inver Bay close to Inver village. The river is tidal up to Hughies pool just below the fish counter and contains 10 major pools. The Eany is mostly fished from Inver Bridge upstream to the Ballymacahill Bridge.The river gets a run of sea trout and the peak of the sea trout fishing is in early July.

The Eany River contains some of the most productive pools on the entire fishery, namely the Devil’s, Hughie’s, Bonnyglen Falls, Burn’s Falls, the Luggies and the famous Devlin Pool. The new pools above the fish counter are proving to be increasingly popular as is the recently enhanced Planting (Wood) pool, downstream of Bonnyglen Falls.


Eanymore River

The Eanymore is a 10km stretch of water that begins at the meeting of of the Eglish and Struell Rivers. The Eanymore is fished on a 7km stretch from Ballymacahill Bridge to upstream of Drumboarty Bridge This stretch of water has been developed by the Northern Regional Fisheries Board (NRFB).

The Eanymore contains 32 major pools, the most popular pools are Limm-na-Mhille, the Battery, the Kilm and McKelvey’s pool, the recently enhanced stretch of river above the new Angling Centre is also proving to be popular.


Eanybeg River

The Eanybeg is a 16km stretch of water that rises in the western part of the Bluestack Mountains
The Eanybeg is generally fished along the 3km.stretch on the lower reaches that have been developed by the NRFB. The river is best fished between Ballymacahill Bridge and the Eanybeg Bridge, a delightful stretch of water that includes Kingsmill-Moore’s famed ‘Hourglass’ pool



The fishery has a small run of spring fish but is noted for its mid-summer runs of grilse, late runs of summer salmon and for sea trout. Fly-fishing is the preferred method on the fishery but spinning and worm are permitted. The most effective spinners are the flying ‘C’ and Toby’s. Popular flies include any of the shrimp flies such as a Bann Special. A size 12 -14 Curry’s Red Shrimp is very effective in low water conditions.
Shrimp and prawn fishing is prohibited.


Fishing Information

The season is from 1st April to 30th September inclusive.

Permits are issued through:-
Eany Angling Centre, Gargrim, Frosses, Co. Donegal.
Tel: (074) 9736559
Hours of Business: May – 9am to 1pm, 7 Days a week.
June to September – 7am to 1pm, 7 days a week.

Adult day, juvenile day and weekly permits are available from

  • Eany Angling Centre, Gargrim, Frosses, Co. Donegal. Tel: (074) 9736559
  • The Owenea Angling Centre, Glenties, Co. Donegal. Tel: (074) 9551141.
  • Northern Regional Fisheries Board, Station Rd, Ballyshannon. Tel: (071) 9851435.

The full range of State Licences is also available from the Eany Angling Centre.

A river based quota operated on the Eany River in 2010 and Brown GILL Tags (available from the NRFB) were required in addition to the blue gilltags.


Eany Water Fishery Inver Location Map

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