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Home > Here Are the Best Places to Go Fly Fishing in Ireland

Ireland is one of the finest destinations for Irish Pike, Salmon or wild Brown Trout.  There’s a huge network of rivers and loughs, making it an anglers’ paradise whether you are salmon or trout fishing in Ireland.  Many fishing fanatics come back year after year for a luxury Irish vacation with us, combining their love of angling with their love of food and wine, and amazing scenery.

If you’re planning a fly fishing adventure for your next escape, here are the best spots to go fly fishing in Ireland.


Tributary of the River Suir, the River Nire is one of the most spectacular spots for Brown Trout fishing.  Surrounded by beautiful countryside in County Waterford, this area is a great place for bringing the whole family for a relaxing vacation.  It’s also one of the best areas for both nymph and dry fly fishing in the country.  The rivers here are gin clear and offer easy wading for beginners.

Where to stay: Stay at the glorious Lismore Castle, one of the most prestigious luxury vacation rentals in Co Waterford. It sleeps up to 27 guests, and other activities nearby include sea trout fishing, coastal walks, and golf.


Tyrone is one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties inland, making a refreshing break from the popular coastline. Head to the stunning estate of Baronscourt near Newtonstewart, where four beats offer 24 pools with excellent runs of fish throughout the summer season. The most celebrated is The Snaa, which provides a fantastic challenge for fishermen at all levels.

This area is also a gateway to the Galloway Hills, so you’ll find something fun to do for all ages, not just fly fishing.

Where to stay: Book your getaway at Belle Isle, an incredible Irish country house located in the next county over in Co Fermanagh. It sleeps up to 26 guests, and there’s Woodcock shooting and lovely walks on the estate.


This area, located at the foot of the Coomcalle Mountains, is perhaps one of the best places for fly fishing across the nation. There are abundant lakes with opportunities for catching Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon – and Lough Currane is the most famous spot to add to your bucket list. There’s also great Bass fishing at the Ring of Kerry.

Where to stay: Enjoy a relaxing vacation at Churchtown House, a Georgian mansion that has been beautifully restored to its former glory. From this unique location, there are lough, river and sea fishing trips available for groups of all sizes.


Here you’ll find many stretches of the canal in the town of Kilcock for decent pike fishing. There is no official pike season so it’s possible to fish all year round, and anglers can use a range of methods including wobbling and static deadbaiting, spinning, lure and fly. The towpath ensures that there’s easy access all along the canal too.

Where to stay: Check into our wonderful Straffan House, a stylish retreat set within 550 acres with enough rooms for up to 20 people. The property features a luxurious pool with ‘swim up’ bar and a movie theater.


6 replies
  1. Mary Murley says:

    We are just 2adults looking for a location to stay for 30 days in order to paint and fish. We are interested in a home for us in a location that allows us to do these things. Might you have a suggestion. Grateful for your assistance. May is the time we are considering.

  2. Kristine Young says:

    Hi Mary,
    I would be very interested in a similar question. My husband does Spey cast fishing and I paint plein air. Would the Kerry County area be suitable for a March or April holiday?

  3. Cathy A Maroney says:

    We wish to flyfish during our trip to Ireland. We will be staying at Kilcannon House Cappagh .Dungarvan, Co Waterford Ireland Dungarvan X35 HC53 Waterford from May 27th-31st. Can you please give me some flyfishing guides that we could contact for guided flyfishing? Do you offer flyfishing in streams or rivers?
    Katie Maroney

    • Annabel Wishart says:

      Hi Katie, thank you very much for getting in touch. We do organise fly fishing but only as part of an LTR holiday which would include the accommodation too and it seems you have that organised already. Kilcannon House should be able to point you in the right direction for a guide and fishing advice. Sorry not to be able to help more. Best wishes. Annabel


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