Dan O’Neill, fishery manager at Mount Juliet, reports from the River Nore…
With the dreaded last day of September in sight I find myself scurrying around trying to tie up my fly fishing loose ends. Lakes and rivers I didn’t get to, areas on the Nore I promised myself I would try and the winter’s experimental patterns that have yet to see water, where does a season go?
The renowned Thomastown Anglers competition was held on the Nore a couple of weeks back. We had 4 beats in Mount Juliet used. It was a delight to watch the competitors fish, watching the level of obsessiveness they hold, their approach to beats and team communication.
I found fishing the past couple of weeks to be slow. The fish are there but not playing the game. I did have a couple of nice fish, mainly on wet flies. Spider patterns seemed to work well such as partridge and orange, snipe and purple.
I also fished dry fly along by the Sally’s with some success. Great hatches of sedges cloud the surface most lunchtimes and evenings, watching them has led to many a missed fish.
All in all a nice couple of weeks, a little slow on the fishing side but very happy to be able to try.
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Mount Juliet Estate.
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.