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of our Local Streams - The Six Mile Water - Co. Antrim,
This river holds a good stock of wild brown trout. Later
in the season it has runs of Salmon & Dollaghan.
(Dollaghan are a large Brown Trout from Lough Neagh
, they spawn in the Lough Neagh streams)
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of the Area
People have lived in this part of the Six Mile Valley in County
Antrim for five thousand years. Invaders included Vikings and
Normans. At the same time as the Pilgrim Fathers landed in America
it was finally settled by Scots planters. Jonathan Swift preached
here and it was from here the families of Mark Twain, Sam Houston
and General Alexander Macomb left for America.
The earliest evidence of people in this area is a horde of flint
arrow heads found when houses were being built north of the
river in November 1968. There are 39 flints - some perfectly
finished and others are blank indicating an 'industry' and trading
near the river crossing over four thousand years ago.
When the Normans built the castle at Carrickfergus they placed
a line of outposts along the river which was then called the
"Ollar "- River of the Rushes. In time the soldiers
making the journey from Carrickfergus to Antrim reached the
river at this spot when they had travelled six miles so began
to call the Ollar the Six Mile Water. One of these mottes is
close by the river in the War Memorial Park in Ballyclare. There
are two on opposite sides of the river at Doagh and one at Antrim.
The village grew after the Plantation of Ulster and was granted
permission by George 11 in 1756 to hold two fairs each year
making it an important market centre.
The May Fair remains and has become part of a week of festivities.
The people of Ballyclare and the surrounding villages played
a part in the Rising of 1798 and fought in the Battle of Antrim.
Others including the families of Mark Twain and Sam Houston
sailed to America to seek their fortunes. At the beginning of
the Twentieth Century Ballyclare was a growing industrial town
with an Urban Council and became the largest paper producer
in Ireland. It had a narrow gauge rail link to Larne and a broad
gauge connection to Belfast. In 1973 with the surrounding villages
Ballyclare became part of the of a larger district which in
1977 was created the Borough of Newtownabbey.
Fishing in Co. Antrim
The game fishing season is from 1st March to 31st October with
the best fishing from April. A choice of rivers include The
Maine, The Crumlin, The Kells, The Braid, & my personal
favourite The Sixmilewater, all hold excellent stocks of wild
brown trout. (Guided Trips available TROUT FISHING TRIPS Co.
Salmon and Dollaghan (The famous Lough Neagh migratory trout)
enter rivers from July providing excellent sport until the end
of the season. There are also many coastal streams with salmon
and sea trout runs.