The River Braid rises in the Antrim hills and flows south easterly for almost 15 miles through the village of Broughshane and the town of Ballymena and joins the River Maine near Galgorm. It is a spate river of 9 metre average diameter and good water quality. There is a large population of small to medium size brown trout with occasional specimens of a pound or more. There are also runs of dollaghan ( the large migratory Lough Neagh trout ) and salmon, particularly in September and October, although they can appear as early as July.

The Club

Braid Angling Club was established in 1962 and has a current membership of about 200. The club is a member of the Maine Rivers Trust and is committed to the improvement and well being of the river. Projects have included stocking of fry ( particularly dollaghan ), planting of gravel and cobble to improve spawning ground, maintenance of groynes and control of riverside vegetation.

The Club organises 3 work parties on selected Saturdays each year and all able-bodied members are encouraged to attend.


Fees and Joining

Fees should be paid in full no later than April 30th. Late payment £10 surcharge.

Local Adult – £20 per annum.

New member –  additional joining fee £10.

Associate Adult ( residing more than 10 miles from Broughshane ) – £25 per annum.

Junior Member ( under 16 ) – £4 per annum.

Senior Citizen (has paid membership for last 5 years). £5 per annum

Disabled Members – free of charge.

Day Ticket – £10. Available from James McNeill’s hardware store, Main St. Broughshane; and Mid-Antrim Angling Centre, William St., Ballymena.

Further details and application forms are available from the Club Secretary, Paul Gault

34 the Knockans, Broughshane. 07790699361.

You will need a DAERA rod licence for game fishing. This should be carried with the club membership card or day ticket. Both must be produced on request to a club officer or bailiff.

Visiting us

Club waters extend from Correll’s Bridge just below Ballymena Rugby Club at Eaton Park upstream to the Fork Bridge; a distance of about 7 miles. Anglers visiting for the first time will probably find the “village stretch” between the Knockan and Tullymore bridges in Broughshane a convenient place to start. There is ample parking and easy access via a public footpath along most of this section.


Club Rules

Season is from 1st March to October 31st.

Prohibited fishing methods – Maggots, ground bait, bread, shrimp and prawn, float fishing.

Spinning permitted all season provided single hook only is used.

Sunday Fishing permitted between Knockan and Tullymore Bridges in Broughshane only.

Gates to be closed and stiles used.

No dogs allowed on or near river.

No rubbish or waste line etc. to be left behind.

Bag limit 2 trout in any one day. Minimum take size 9 inches from head to V of tail.

Anglers are asked to observe the current legislation on the compulsory release of all salmon and the ban on treble hooks for salmon.

Further details and application forms are available from the Club Secretary, Paul Gault

34 the Knockans, Broughshane. 07790699361.

DAERA Game Fishing Rod Licence
Day Permits Available
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