Development Work at Cloongee
Summer 1999

The upper beat of Cloongee was developed in 1999 with the assistance of Tourist Amenity EU grant.

The Upper Stretch of Cloongee is very attractive fast running water. However, from the Big Rock upstream, the drainage scheme of the late 1960s removed most of the holding pools.

With the assistance of an EU Grant new holding pools have been established and the bank has been consolidated with rock to improve the anglers enjoyment of these attractive waters. A brief description of the developments follows.

Gilmore's Pool

Gilmores Pool: Located at the top of the Fishery, just above the fast water. The flow is slow and deep.

The bank has been consolidated with over 400 tonnes of rock, creating an ample pathway for anglers to cast from. No work has been done on the River bed.

Three fishing platforms have been installed on the curve of the river as it flows towards Madden’s Rock and the fast waters. Some heavy boulders have been left at the top boundary drain where the Swinford waters start.

Lynch's Pool

Located at the top of the fast water, we recommend that it be fished on the fly.

An oblong pool of approximately 60 metres long by 10 to 15 yards wide has been excavated, taking up to 4 feet out of the bedrock. As a result, it will be about 5 to 6 feet deep in Summer water conditions.

A natural rock formation has been left in the pool to produce a ruffle in the water and provide ideal conditions for fly fishing. Small rocks have been left in the bottom of the pool to create lies for fish. The bank has been consolidated with rock, providing a comfortable area to cast from.

Murison's Pool

Located below the top of the fast water, we recommend fishing it on the fly.

This new pool is oblong in shape, measuring some 50 metres long by 10 to 15 yards wide. Again, up to 4 feet have been excavated out of the bedrock. It will also be about 5 to 6 feet deep in Summer water conditions. The pool has been excavated towards the middle of the River. Small rocks have been left in the bottom of the pool to create lies for fish.

The bank has been shored up with rock, providing a comfortable area to cast from.

Wrigley's Pool

Wrigley’s Pool: Located at the middle of the fast water, it will be best fished on the fly.

A kidney shaped pool of approximately 70 metres long has been excavated beside one small rock just off the bank and another larger rock towards the middle of the River. In Summer water conditions, the pool will be no deeper than 5 or 6 feet.

As with the other pools, the bank has been consolidated with rock for the angler’s comfort. Small rocks have been placed in the bottom of the pools to create lies for fish.