The Ballysodare river is 6.14km in lenght and flows from Collooney to Ballysodare. With its tributaties, the Unshin river and the Owenmore river, it drains a catchment of 252 square miles.
The river flows past pastures and Union Wood and meanders underneath the dual carriage road and the railway from Sligo to Dublin.
After the bridge in Ballysodare village, the river drops over some impressive rapids over a distance of 2km towards Ballysodare estuary.
Fish: Salmon , seatrout
Method: Most of the fishing takes place at the tidal section just below the main falls. Average catches are about 2000 salmon each season.There is some good seatrout fishing in the estuary below the main falls in the evening during a rising tide.
Contact: Ballysodare fisihing club, http://ballisodarefishingclub.ie/
Grade: 3 to 5 . Best after rainfall, although river has good flow in dry weather.
Scouting sections: The main drop. There are small waves prior to the main drop which can turn a boat or mess up your line. The main drop can be taken on the left side or the right one. The left side is the highest drop (approx 6 metres) were the right drop is a stepped drop. Items to be aware off is that there is a tidal effect after the main drop. On the right drop, there is a cave river on the right side. Although, speed from the drop will carry you through.
Also be aware that the right side of the river bank belongs to Ballysodare fishing club
River level gauge: NA