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    River Dodder

    Father and son fish on the River Dodder on opening day
    Vincent and Reuben McConnell enjoying opening day on the River Dodder

    The River Dodder rises in the mountains above Bohernabreena Reservoir south of Dublin. It then flows in a north-easterly direction for 14 miles through the southern side of the city before entering the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay. This river has a reasonable stock of brown trout which is complemented by stocking. In addition, the Dodder has a small stock of sea trout. Fishing is best between Old Bawn in Tallaght and Ballsbridge. Sea trout fishing can be found downstream of Ballsbridge. Annual stocking of the river with brown trout from 4 oz to over 1 lb. is carried out by the local angling club.

    Father and son fish on the River Dodder on opening day
    Vincent and Reuben McConnell enjoying opening day on the River Dodder
    Membership and permits

    The juvenile membership in the club is high and young anglers are very much encouraged to join. The stretches recommended for fishing are located at Herbert Park in Ballsbridge to Beaver Row in Donnybrook. In addition, the stretch from Milltown to Rathfarnham is also worth a try. The Milltown to Rathfarnham section is very accessible with a linear park all the way along this stretch. There are footbridges across the river at various points. So crossing the river is not a problem. Parking is mostly off-road.

    Fishing on the River Dodder, Dublin.
     Reuben enjoying a day out on the Dodder with his Dad
    Licences, sea-trout and regulations

    Sea trout fishing can be good on the lower reaches in late summer (please note the salmon and sea trout regulations). Anglers fishing for sea trout must have a salmon licence. In the tidal area near Ringsend some fine specimen mullet were recorded in recent years. Fishing on this river is controlled by the Dodder Anglers and riparian owners.


    Ballsbridge – Tallaght, South County Dublin.

    Fish Species

    Brown Trout and Sea trout


    17 March – 30 September


    All legitimate methods are allowed including fly fishing, worm fishing and spinning. (subject to salmon regulations)

    Best Flies

    Green, Black, Brown and other shades of midges, size 18 & 20. Wet and dry olive patterns size 14 & 16.

    Angling Club

    Dodder Anglers Club: https://www.facebook.com/dodder.anglers/

    Permits, Day Tickets and Membership 

    Join the angling club or buy a day ticket for your fishing from the following stockists

    • Henry’s fishing tackle
    • Rory’s
    • ABC
    • Southside Angling
    • Beaumanns
    • Nuts Mutts
    Membership is 10 euro for an adult and 5 euro for a junior. (subject to change)
    Fishing tip
    Trout feed more avidly in the evening time. Spend some time looking for feeding trout before starting to fish.
    Access to fisheries

    Access does not imply a right of way and anglers should ensure that, they have the necessary permission to enter or cross private lands. Where possible anglers should walk along the river bank.

    Country code

    Anglers should ensure that gates are closed and that fences are not broken or damaged. Care should be taken with crops and livestock. Litter must not be discarded and no fires are allowed. Vehicles should be parked in designated areas and in such a manner that they do not cause obstruction.

    Errors and inaccuracies

    Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this webpage is accurate. However, no responsibility will be accepted by Inland Fisheries Ireland for any errors or inaccuracies contained herein. Any errors brought to our attention will be corrected immediately.

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