Dan O’Neill, fishery manager at Mount Juliet, reports from the River Nore…
The showers given over the weekend didn’t put Charlie off trying for a trout on the River Nore. Saturday saw us fishing a lovely run at the top of the fishery. Charlie started at the end of the run. Working his way up slowly he met most of his trout around the middle reaches of the run with a few right at the head of the run. It was pleasing to see such a young angler fly fishing and having plenty of passion in doing so. There were plenty of questions about nymphs and flies so I invited Charlie to the fishing room the next day to tie a few nymphs with me and then try our creations on the river. We tied mostly olives with a couple of “wildcard” nymphs.
Arriving at our chosen run we decided to use the nymph that worked the previous day. It wasn’t long before Charlie lifted into a lovely brown trout which made many attempts at gaining freedom. Little did the trout know that his release was always on the mind of the angler. Then came the time for “Charlie’s Charm”, a new nymph that the Nore trout weren’t familiar with. The first few casts went unnotices and it was probably the 6th cast before down went the Klink followed by a flash of gold with a leap for freedom. The nymph was successful! As a guide watching a young angler, or any angler, catching a fish is the reward we chase but to see them catching a trout on a nymph they tied themselves is a priceless reward. The nymph was placed very safely in Charlie’s fly box after claiming another 4 or 5 nice sized trout. Very much looking forward to meeting this young angler again on the river soon and to tie a few new creations.
Trout were quiet when it came to surface feeding, a few came to the Klink but most were on nymph. The water did rise a little on Friday evening but dropped as quick for lunchtime Saturday.
Water Level and Temperature at time of fishing
Water Level .32 cm
Water Temp 15°C
Taking bookings now for guided trips on the River Nore. Anyone wishing to practice a particular technique for trout or learn more about leader setups etc. Full and Half days available, contact me for more information.
Mount Juliet has trout and salmon fishing available on site over 2.5 miles of the river Nore. Classes also available for every skill level – learn or improve on your chosen technique. coarse fish ponds also available on the hotel grounds.
Dan O’Neill, Fishery Manager, Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Telephone: +353 85 7652751
The river Nore is a beautiful river that meanders it way through counties Laois and Kilkenny before joining with its sister river the Barrow just upstream of New Ross on its way to the sea. For further information on the Nore please visit: