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Co. Mayo, Ireland
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Trout, pike, salmon and more can be found in the Emerald Isle's crisp, clear and fresh waters. And for most species you don't need a license. Every county has markets where you can try the nation's famous smoked salmon and when you're near the coast (let's face it, you're almost always near the coast) you'll find no end of shops, pubs and restaurants stocked with Ireland's swimmable bounty. Trout-filled mountain streams lure fly-fishers, many of whom stay at countryside resorts catering to their pursuits. You can hire a guide and take to one of the lakes, such as Lough Corrib, which straddles Counties Mayo and Galway, or you can probe Atlantic inlets for salmon aboard a charter boat.