Dan O’Neill reports from the River Nore at Mount Juliet…

The day started out overcast and with slight drizzle, the Nore was too high along our stretch to fish, so we were drawn to the beautiful Kings River. There were plenty of smiles this morning and discussions of last season as Peter, Pat and myself made our way to make our first casts of the 2020 season.

Changing flies
Pat changes his nymph before getting into some new water

Starting to set the rods up it was time to see if the many winter evenings spent tying nymphs was worth it. Tying the most fancied patterns on, it was now time for the much anticipated first cast.

Peter in the river
Peter fishes what proved to be one of the best runs of the day

Peter was first in the river and before I could get my boot into the river I heard a shout indicating that Peter had his first trout. It was a fine trout showing mild signs of a harsh winter. Whilst on my way to get a picture I heard Pat shout also, indicating he had a trout. What a great start to the morning, two trout within 10 minutes.

Pat lands a trout
Pat brings a trout to hand

Eventually I got to throw some casts and after 5 or 6 I met a nice trout who leapt out of the water and so kindly gave me my nymph back… As we moved further upstream we hit 3 more runs each. Some produced nice trout, others looked like promising stretches to return to later on in the season.

Peter fished a nice run that produced 6 trout for him all falling to a dark olive nymph, there had been some dark olives hatching and showing along the river from mid morning to lunch time.

We ended our couple of hours with 13 trout between us which was unexpected but very welcome.

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.


For any information contact Dan,

Tel: 085 7652751

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