Dan O’Neill sent us in a first report for 2021 from the Kings River, Mount Juliet:

With the River Nore too high, I decided to take to the King’s River for the long awaited first day of the season. There are two days every year that hold similar feelings and values for me, the 16th of March and the 24th of December, both these eves bring back memories of trying extremely hard to sleep with the thoughts of the excitement that awaits the next day.

Even though I packed my chestpack 5 times I still felt I was forgetting something! Knowing that it was bright at 06.30am, I started my short walk to the King’s River at 6am. A blanket of frost covered the fields and the river had a slight mist rising from it; I already had my rod set up from “Anglers Eve” so was ready to start.

After dropping the nymphs in, it was probably 10 minutes by the time I met my first trout and a lovely fish it was to, falling to a pheasant tail as did another 6 or 7 after. With the push of the current being quite strong, my nymphs had 4mm tungsten heads with a leaded underbody to ensure I was hard on the bottom.

King’s River trout

I made my way to some different runs along the King’s on the 17th and 18th, the trout were in great condition for early season. I compared pictures of trout from this time last season and they seemed to be quite slimmer this time last season.

The nymph of the moment for me was a pheasant tailed nymph with a green hotspot, I did have a few also on an olive thread nymph with a 3mm tungsten bead fished under a klinkhammer which also claimed a few trout, all in all some great fishing on the King’s!

A King’s trout in the net

For club information please call me on 0857652751 or email Doneill@mountjuliet.ie

Dan O’Neill
Mount Juliet Estate.

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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.