This week we were in touch with well-known fishing guide and fly tier Jimmy Tyrrell from Irish Fly Craft who had his first outing on the River Nore and its tributaries last night. Water levels continue to drop and clear but according to Jimmy they are still slightly above normal for the time of year. Temperatures were good but a cool breeze deterred much in the way surface activity and Jimmy decided to fish nymphs to see if he could contact his first wild brown trout of the season on the Durrow and Cullohill Parish Anglers Association waters.

In a short session, Jimmy had some nice fish, all of which were returned quickly to the rivers. The use of single barbless hooks makes this very easy. An occasional olive and a few mayfly fluttered about in the evening sky and some sedges scurried about but there was not enough fly hatching to encourage a consistent evening rise. Only an occasional trout poked its head above the surface. As the weather, fly hatches and conditions improve the fishing is sure to get much better in the coming weeks.

Go Fishing

If you are interested in a days’ guided fly fishing on the River Nore with Jimmy Tyrell you can get in contact with him through his contact details below. Jimmy guides on many stretches of the River Nore and its tributaries. In addition to guiding services Jimmy also can provide fishing tuition and is internationally well known as a fly tier. He can produce and supply all standard fly patterns for salmon and brown trout (river and lake) and can assist anglers in developing bespoke flies to meet their requirements.

Jimmy Tyrrell, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, Ireland. Telephone: +353 (0)86 8451257  Website:  E-mail: [email protected]

Additional information on fishing on the River Nore and its tributaries can be found at and