Dan O’Neill, fishery manager at Mount Juliet, reports from the River Nore…

With a promised few days of sunshine, I was hoping to bring clients dry fly fishing around evening time last weekend

The weather in the area was slightly inaccurate so I spent most of my time on the river peaking through the hood of my trusty wading jacket. I started wet fly and moved onto dry dropper eventually. There was no real steady rise, just an occasional fish that broke the surface as something caught its eye,


During the middle of last week heading towards the weekend the fish were feeding later in the evening which slowed them down during the daytime.

Spider patterns worked well early morning and just as the fish were beginning to start there evening feed. For nymphs I was using an olive nymph with a dark tungsten bead, I did use a hares ear for a short while and managed to pick up a few trout also.

Water Level and Temperature at time of fishing
Water Level  .32 cm
Water Temp  15°C

Guided fishing

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.

Dan O’Neill
Mount Juliet

Go Fishing

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
Email[email protected]

General Information

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:

River Nore trout fishing