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Carafin Lodge, Butlersbridge

Carafin Lodge, Butlersbridge

Located on the Shores of Carafin Lake on the upper reaches of the mighty River Erne Carafin Lodge offers the perfect location for anglers to get easy access to the many lakes and rivers by bank or boat.

Bream caught in Ireland/
Bream caught in Ireland/
Man holding a bream caught in Ireland/
Open plan living area in the self-catering apartment at Carafin Lodge/

Open plan living area in the apartment

Bream caught in Ireland/
Bedroom with two single beds at Carafin Lodge/

Carafin Lodge

Bedroom with double bed at Carafin Lodge/

Carafin Lodge

Carafin Lodge self-catering property in Ireland/
Kitchen in the apartment at Carafin Lodge/

One bedroom apartment

View across Carafin Lake in Ireland/
Kitchen in Carafin Lodge/

Carafin Lodge

Carafin Lake in Ireland/
Bedroom in the apartment at Carafin Lodge/

Bedroom in apartment

View from the living room at Carafin Lodge over the lake/

Carafin Lodge

Living area in the self-catering property, Carafin Lodge/

Carafin Lodge living area

Carafin Lodge has a 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom house plus a 1 bedroom apartment.

Rivory Lodge.
This two-bedroom house will sleep up to 4 adults with 2 single beds in each bedroom. It has a bathroom with electric shower and fully fitted modern kitchen with washing machine and dishwasher. The lounge has 2 two-seater leather sofas and television. Bed linen and towels are supplied and electricity and Wi-Fi are included.

Carafin House.
This three-bedroom house sleeps up to five people in two double/twin rooms and one single room. The property has a bathroom with shower and fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine. A spacious living area with television offers panoramic view across Carafin Lake towards the Cuilcagh Mountains in the distance. Bed linen and towels are supplied and electricity and Wi-Fi are included.

Urney Apartment.
A one-bedroom apartment, which is suitable for two/three people is a compact luxury apartment located above the garage building and is accessed by stairs. It has a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher in an open plan living area. There is a utility area downstairs with washing machine and extra storage. Bed linen and towels are supplied and electricity is included. Facilities for anglers include a drying room with fridge/freezer, sink and secure storage for fishing equipment. On the lakeshore you will find a storage container for fishing gear, a changing room, toilet and kitchenette plus large floating jetty. Bait can be pre-odered, fishing advice and pre-baiting service available.

Pauric and Clare are your hosts. Pauric is a local farmer and keen pike angler who, since returning from a ten-year stay in Australia, has decided to take advantage of the natural resources literally on his doorstep and develop Carafin Lake, the aim being to establish a leading angling and recreational amenity.

Not only has access been provided to the lakeshore but a large floating pontoon has been installed which acts as a launch point for the nine lake boats (complete with outboard engines) Pauric currently has on site, including three brand new Redfin 5700s. “I want to cater for both pike and general coarse anglers,” explained Pauric. “On a lake this size you obviously need a boat, engine and fish finder for successful piking and I thought it would be better if anglers could just turn up and not worry about towing their own craft. I’ll also be offering a pike guiding service for those that want it”. As well as Carafin itself, a boat opens up access to the River Erne upstream as well as a series of large lakes including Innismuck and Carratraw downstream.


LOW SEASON - Ferry & 7 nights self-catering (Carafin House)
Car and 4 - £312 per person; Car and 3 - £390 per person

LOW SEASON - Ferry & 7 nights self-catering (Rivory Lodge)
Car and 4 - £289 per person; Car and 3 - £360 per person; Car and 2 - £488 per person

LOW SEASON - Ferry & 7 nights self-catering (Urney Apartment)
Car and 2 - £442 per person

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Fishing in Co Cavan

Cavan’s abundant waterways and diverse fish populations make it a top destination for anglers. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, the lakes and rivers of Cavan offer a rewarding fishing experience. Bream, hybrids, roach, rudd and tench are common in most waters.

The River Erne and its main tributaries, the Shannon Erne Waterway and the Dromore/Annalee system dominate the middle of the county. The River Erne System is the major water in this scenic county linking lots of lakes both large and small. Good access to many waters whilst there are still lakes that take some effort to access that are rarely fished. The River Erne will fish well in the cooler months where there is depth and flow. A tributary of the River Erne, the Annalee is known for its trout fishing. It’s a beautiful river with plenty of access points.

The Shannon-Erne Waterway offers a diverse and rich fishing experience with its interconnected lakes, rivers, and canals. Approximately 63km in length it connects the River Shannon in Leitrim with the River Erne in Fermanagh and features a series of rivers, lakes, and canals, with various connecting lakes and rivers. Ballyconnell is located on a central spot on the waterway with good access points and facilities. The town itself provides amenities for anglers.

For the angler seeking large open waters with the promise of outstanding bags of bream and roach choose the large lakes such as Gowna, Oughter, Sillan, Upper Lough Erne and Lough McNean. For something more secluded you will find many smaller lakes and river stretches with plenty of fish. There is a water here to suit all tastes.

Lough Oughter is a large and complex lake system with many bays and inlets. Great for both coarse and pike fishing. Lough Gowna is another vast lake system shared with County Longford, it offers excellent coarse fishing, especially in the summer months, for bream, roach, hybrids, perch, and pike. Garadice Lake has excellent fishing for bream, roach, hybrids, perch and pike from both the shore and boats. It is also a popular spot for match fishing events. Kiltybarden Lake offers a more peaceful fishing experience with abundant tench and bream.

Spring and Summer are the prime time for coarse fishing, with fish being more active in warmer waters. Pike fishing can be particularly productive during colder months. Wherever you fish in Ireland, the chances of catching fish are hugely improved by pre-baiting to attract fish into your chosen swim. Ideally this is done the evening before (or for a couple of days) using breadcrumb or local maize meal carrying particle baits such as sweetcorn, boiled wheat, hemp and pellets. Early morning and late evening are generally more productive as fish tend to feed more actively during these times.

For further tips and advice check out our YouTube channel - anglersworldlive

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