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Antrim & District Angling Association Guide

Derek Bell Jnr.

Tel: 07761535982
E-mail: derekbell321@hotmail.com

Derek Bell jnr. aka know locally as "Dollaghan man" has been fishing the sixmileriver for over 40 years, and is known throughout Ireland for his ability to consistently catch double figure Dollaghan trout. Growing up on the upper reaches of the Sixmile and his beloved Doagh burn, he has learned his craft from his father and through his own experience. Derek has also fished all over Ireland on some off the most famous salmon rivers like the Moy, Blackwater, Bush, Finn, and the Agivey etc. With Dereks vast amount off experience you can be guaranteed he will put you in the right place for that chance to catch a fish of a lifetime.

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American tourist Frank Gibbs

Fished on Sept. 14, 2017 with fishing guide Derek Bell Jnr (FB) on the Antrim six mile river, located within the jurisdiction of Antrim & District Angling Assoc. Made a reservation with Derek for myself several months in advance of our cruise ship’s one day stop at the port of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. After the Princess Cruise ship, Regal Princess docked, Derek met me with his car and off we went to purchase a fishing permit, grab some waders (which I forgot to bring) then on to fishing. Once we started, Derek knew which pools would be most productive at that time of morning but we quickly tried them all just in case a pattern change had developed. Derek's knowledge and experience started when he went fishing on the Antrim riverwith his father as a lad. Since then he has learned every pool, time of year, water flow and presentaion to make. During the time I spent with him I was able to land my first ever Dollaghanbrown trout and then another which was a 5 pounder. After calming down from the joy of landing the big one, Derek told me to cast into the same pool again to see what else might be lurking. Skeptical after all the thrashing in the pool from Mr. Big I proceeded with my next cast only to connect with an Atlantic Salmon that came close to 5 pounds again. I had heard about the luck of the Irish but at this point I thought I had died and gone to heaven. What a blessing to receive on my first trip to Northern Ireland. So glad I connected with Derek Bell Jnr and highly recommend his guide service to anyone who wants to wet a line on their visit.

 

 


My own patterns tied from sizes 6s through to 14s doubles or singles have been very successful for me throughout the seasons

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