You could almost feel the weight of the world lift slightly from the shoulders of south Dublin anglers, as they finally got to spend some time on the riverbank this week. The River Dodder in Dublin has had a good start to the season, with plenty of eager anglers finally able to get out and fish but, at the same time, stay within their 5km limits.

Water levels have been good and the fish have been feeding well, with weighted nymphs and small spinners doing most of the damage.

Please remember that the river has not been stocked this season, so the majority of fish that get caught will be wild Dodder trout and worth their weight in gold. We encourage anglers to use single hooks on spinners and, once caught, handle these fish with care using wetted hands. If you can’t keep the fish in the water while unhooking, then try and keep them out of the water for as little time as possible.

A belly like butter

Anyone wanting to fish the Dodder should join the club (, it costs an adult €10 for the whole season and €5 for juveniles. Members also have access to the Bohernabreena reservoirs – you wouldn’t get that kind of value anywhere. Membership cards can be purchased through all of the Dublin tackle shops, who will also take orders over the phone and post them out during lockdown.