River Castletown (Courtbane) Guide
The River Castletown (Courtbane) rises near Newtonhamilton (County Armagh), and makes its way in a South Easterly direction, past Cullyhanna and Crossmaglen on its way into the Irish Sea at Dundalk.
In its upper reaches near Newtonhamilton, the Castletown River is known as the Creggan River. As if that’s not confusing enough its 2 tributaries also have multiple names!
Dundalk & District Brown Trout Anglers Association have most of the fishing rights on the Castletown River. There are some areas where the Riparian assert their rights, so you should check with the club to find out where those areas are located.
The main Salmon fishing starts with the Grilse run at the beginning of July, and continues right through August and September, with the peak fishing being August. The river gets an excellent run of Sea Trout, starting in early July and extending through to the end of the season.
If you’re after Sea Trout, fish anywhere from Bellew’s Bridge right down to the estuary. The water is streamy close to Bellew’s Bridge and suits daytime fly fishing but as always with the Sea Trout the best fishing is usually at night, when it’s best down at the Toberona Bridge. When the Sea Trout begin to run this area is heavily fished. The first couple of miles of the Kilcurry River are also fished for Sea Trout.
River Castletown (Courtbane) Tributaries
River Falmore (Dungooley)
River Kilcurry (Forkhill)
River Castletown (Courtbane) Neighbouring Rivers
River Ballymascanlan (Flurry)
River Cooley (Piedmont Big Little)
River Mullaghduff (Little Fane)