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Derg River

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Derg River

For avid fishers, the River Derg is a prime location offering some of the best fishing waters in Europe. The River Derg is a medium sized (5 –20m) river, which is best known for its Salmon and Sea Trout, although it has a good head of wild Brown Trout. Salmon and Sea Trout is best from late May to the end of the season and while the Grilse and Sea Trout will edge upstream without a flood, some fresh water is required to encourage runs of fish. Fly fishing, spinning and worming are the permitted methods. The River Derg flows eastwards from the Killeter Uplands to join the Strule River near Ardstraw. The market town of Castlederg is at the principal crossing point in the centre of the Derg Valley. The broad valley is enclosed by an undulating landscape of rounded hills, many of which are capped with open moorland. The summits to the north of Castlederg have a particularly exposed character and are separated by extensive areas of blanket bog and marginal farmland. The River Derg has carved a relatively broad vale. There are many shallow tributary valleys and the landform is gently undulating, although the river floodplain itself is almost flat. The river is not embanked right along its course and there are extensive patches of peaty marsh and scrubby fen woodland at points where it is joined by narrow tributary streams.

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