Dan O’Neill at the Mount Juliet Estate reports on the trout fishing on the Nore…

01 September: A fairly humid start to the day, the usual gentle mist rising with the sun trying to make an appearance, some sedges showing early on with caenis coming through just after midday. The temptation was too much and a good solid breakfast was had so I decided to use my lunch break to try for a trout. I grabbed the fly rod, tippet and fly box and made my way to the white bridge. Crossing to the Ballylynch side I entered the water 60 yards upstream of the white bridge. While passing over the bridge I had spotted some feeding trout on a line just over halfway across the river, taking an elk haired sedge and getting him ready for action I waded  in to a nice position and placed a cast above the feeding fish. After the 3rd or 4th run past a little trout grabbed my fly. He made a spectacular and quite acrobatic jump at least one foot in the air.

Nore trout

After returning the little fellow I again made another few casts down this line and had some more small trout none of which were as acrobatic as my first. Now, working down the pool slightly there were some fish sipping flies just off a small ripple that was caused by a rock slightly protruding the water surface. Placing a cast above this rock and just as my fly line approached it I made a downstream correction which looked fantastic as it worked (of course no one saw it). After performing such a “trick” usually the cast does the length of the run perfectly but nothing shows. This time a trout sipped. I don’t know whether my reactions were too slow or if he missed the fly. But I never tightened into him. As I was pondering and the fly continued some feet beyond the rise my line tightened and started moving upstream! I let myself enjoy the moment as the trout did the usual stunts and some nice jumps. He eventually came to the net, a lovely little brown trout he was too, not a big fish but just great colouration and a beautiful frame. Then unfortunately what seemed like 10 minutes was 1 hour and it was time to return to the grind stone.

Dan O’Neill
Mount Juliet Estate.

Go fishing…

Mount Juliet House is set on a large estate, which offers private fishing on 2.5 miles of the middle to lower reaches of the River Nore. Mount Juliet Estate offers fishing of the highest quality, just a short stroll away from the Manor House. There is a fishing room on site in the Manor House for your convenience i.e. for storage and drying of fishing equipment. Mount Juliet Estate can also provide the necessary equipment on site if needed.