THE RIVER DUFF (or Bunduff)
The Duff (or Bunduff) flows for 14 miles from the Glenade valley to the sea. It is joined by the Ballanaghtrillick River, which runs out of the Horseshoe Pass. The bottom 3 ½ miles is most fished. This is a prolific little spate river for salmon. The Duff gets a good run of summer salmon and grilse. The fish start to enter the river at the end of May with the peak of the run in July / August. With good water levels it can fish through to the end of September.
The Duff is a spate river that can fish very well given the right conditions, especially after a freshet. Most anglers choose the deep pool below the falls close to the sea and consequently this pool can become overcrowded. Once a flood has let fish run the falls there is some good fishing available above the falls and also some good water upstream of the main road bridge. Anything between 300 and 500 salmon are caught in a season. The river is open from 8am-9pm.All legitimate methods are allowed but spinning is prohibited in low water.
Fishing is from Feb. 1st to Sept. 30th inclusive.
There are 2 separate permits on the river:
A permit for the right bank (Leitrim side) from the Bridge to the sea and for a distance of 1.5 miles upstream, on same bank, can be purchased from Land Sea and Sports, West End, Bundoran Tel +353(0)863903655. Or from Tom Devins Tel +353(0)868135429 on the River.
These cost €15 per day and a juvenile (under 14) costs €10.
Full information can be found at www.bunduffsalmonfishery.ie
- A permit for the section upstream of this and for the left hand bank from the main road bridge to the sea is available from Barrett's Tackle Shop, Main Street, Bundoran and from McGillan’s Supermarket, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo or from Eamon McSharry, Tel: 086 8162144. An adult day permit costs €15 and a juvenile (12 or younger) day permit costs €10.
Salmon licences are available from:
- IFI Ballyshannon, Station road, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
- Land and Sea Sports, West End, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
- Barret's Tackle Shop, Main Street, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.