This report from Dan O’Neill of Mount Juliet Estate:

With an eventful weekend planned, I spent the end of last week preparing – sorting out bits and pieces, cleaning out my chest pack, and tying up tippet sections to small CDC flies to aid me on the river once the light gets low.

As my guiding chores came to an end, it was time to head to the lake with Anthony. We had waited till later on in the evening to go as the sun was high and it was still quite warm. Anthony was the first to get a fish which was a beautiful Tench, the Tench happens to be one of his favourite species so things were starting out nicely for him.

Teeny tench for Anthony

After a while and as the shade started to creep in fish became a little more confident and it wasn’t long before a fish came up and slurped down an offering of bread on the surface, Anthony lifted into the fish and it made sure to give a lively response. We had a couple more carp and Tench as the evening went on.

Anthony and his carp

Back to the river now and this weekend i had a couple of very competent anglers on the river. Tom Bie (The Drake Fly Fishing Magazine) and Sarah Delany (Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures) had some great stories and even better fly patterns, talking to them I was very interested to see how the trout responded to their methods. Tom fished a mini streamer style leech which is now my new favourite was to fish (thanks Tom!). Sarah was using a good sized hopper which took a fish at pebble beach, I used to use round indicators but now will be switching to a hopper which reminded me a little of Jiminy Cricket from the Disney films (I’m sure there’s a pattern called this).

Dan O’Neil ready to land a trout for Sarah Delany on the River Nore

I was very impressed with both anglers and just fell into a groove with both of them as angling has a habit of making happen. Sharing fly fishing on my home water with my two guests which now are angling friends was superb. I learned so much from them and one special thing they learned from me is that its very hard to beat red lemonade and Tayto before a fishing trip. A pleasure to be able to fish with these to anglers along with Inland Fisheries Ireland staff who were also giving some tips.

nore trout fishing
Tom Bie works the rising trout as the sun sets on the Nore

On the upper end of the fishery my good friend Kevin O’Neill had his two sons out swinging wet flies, both young anglers fished very well, I was watching Rory and Lorcan for a while and was very impressed with their persistence and casting abilities. Well done to both young anglers, hopefully I will get to fish with them in the very near future.

Kevin O’Neill’s sons impressed Dan with their casting and catching

I am running a series of masterclasses and casting clinics over the next 6 weeks, contact me for more details and a list of classes.

If you are considering a start in fly fishing and don’t know where to begin give me a call and I will send on the dates of some of my free information days where we will talk about rods, lines, reels, tippets and many other things, spaces for this are limited so contact me on the below details.

Dan O’Neill

A.P.G.A.I. Ireland & Cadence Fly Fishing Ambassador.

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

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