Who are we?
Established in 1962, Braid Angling Club has about 200 members and is based in the village of Broughshane, Co. Antrim. The Club controls a 7 mile stretch of the River Braid - well known for its trout and salmon. Broughshane itself is famous for annual floral displays and has an active Community Association with which the Club is affiliated. In 2018 Broughshane was named "Village of the Year" in the UK wide contest run by Channel 4.
More about the river.
The Braid is a spate river rising in the Antrim hills in an area known as "the Sheddings" and flows in a south-westerly direction through the village of Broughshane and the town of Ballymena. It joins the River Main near the village of Galgorm and hence to Lough Neagh. Lough Neagh drains northwards to the Atlantic via the River Bann.
There is a large head of small to medium sized wild Brown Trout with occasional specimens to a pound or more. Depending on water levels Atlantic salmon can make an appearance as early as July but more usually a bit later. Anglers will also be on the lookout for the legendary Dollaghan, the large migratory Lough Neagh trout.