The lakes of Fermanagh are renowned for both coarse and game fishing. The Lough Erne trout-fishing season runs from the beginning of March to the end of September. Salmon fishing begins in June and also continues to the end of September. The mayfly season usually lasts a month from the second week in May.
You'll need a combined licence and a permit, which costs £9.50 for three days. See www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling for full details. Licences and permits can be purchased from the Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre and Home, Field & Stream in Enniskillen, plus from the marina at Castle Archdale Country Park, which also hires out fishing rods.
Hire an experienced guide through Erne Angling.
The Lough Erne Canoe Trail (www.canoeni.com) highlights the attractions along the 50km of lough and river between Belleek and Belturbet. The wide open expanses of the Lower Lough can build up big waves in a strong breeze and are best left to experts, but the sheltered backwaters of the Upper Lough are ideal for beginners and families. You can download maps and info from the website. The Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre in Enniskillen can help you find where to rent canoes and boats, plus it has full details on angling.