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Here Are the Best Places to Go Fly Fishing in Ireland

25 Jan 2019 by Pete Boucher

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. 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 cast your rod in Ireland.

River Nire, Comeragh Mountains

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.

Lismore Castle

The Snaa at Baronscourt, Co Tyrone

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.

Belle Isle

Lough Currane in Waterville, Co Kerry

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.

Churchtown House

Royal Canal in Kilcock, Co Kildare

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.

Straffan House
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