Dan O’Neill, fishery manager at Mount Juliet is back again with more news from the Nore…

I was away for a couple of weeks so I’ve been spending a couple of days at the vice after ringing a few friends to see what the patterns of choice were. With the new flies tied it was time to head to the river.

Water temperatures over the hot weather  went up to 22.5°C, now there back down to between 16°C and 18°C.

Once I got to the river I headed for the flat water where I knew there would be a few fish feeding by the over hanging Sally’s. I decided to use small nymphs in the size 20 / 22 range matched with a delicate klink.

nore trout
A Nore trout swims off after release

Slipping into the river and taking a look at the chosen area it was time for a few casts. I realised how much I missed watching the post of a klink floating down stream when suddenly down it shot. Lifting into the potential take my initial thought was I was stuck in bottom until I felt a couple of head shakes. Turning downstream the fish took line and did its best to dart to freedom. After a strong battle I had my first brown trout since returning and what a beautiful fish it was too; a pleasant welcoming back gift the river Nore gave me. After a picture and release I had a few more casts which showed some lovely trout all in plump condition.

A fat river Nore trout
A fat river Nore trout

Fly life is strong in the evenings and around mid – day there was a good hatch of sedges , great to see the river and fly life in full swing.

Classes and guiding

Introduction to fly fishing classes for the month of august now starting, call for more information.

Guided evening fishing also available for august from beginner to advanced anglers.

For information on day tickets or memberships please call me on 0857652751 or email [email protected]

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.