The Jewel in the crown in Irish Fly Fishing. The River Suir is a stunning river teeming with wild brown trout.
A gin clear spate/freestone river flowing from the Comeragh Mountains through the Nire Valley until its confluence with the river Suir.
A lime stone river very similar to the south of England chalkstreams
3 incredible Rivers
This part of Ireland offers the best water in the country to fly fish, and we operate on the Rivers Suir, Nire & Tar. These rivers are completely different from each other, and will give guests a wide assortment of angling environments to fish during the course of the week.
With such a wide variety of fishing on our doorstep we can always ensure that we can offer you that special guided day on the river!
The Jewel in the crown of Irish Fly Fishing. A stunning limestone river similar to many of the rivers of the Western United States. Offers excellent walk/wader fishing.
Ireland’s second longest river and world famous for its dry fly fishing. It is a wide (30m/100ft) limestone river/spring creek flowing for 114 miles to the sea at Waterford port. The river has easy access and wading is a pleasure with a level gravel bottom.
The fish average size is from 20 to 40 cm (8 to 16) inches, larger fish are also caught. With many slow glides and pools the fi sh are very selective, so long fine leaders are the norm with flies ranging from size 12 to 22.
The River Suir produces some very large trout also which are mainly caught during the summer evenings or during the day on streamers. It is a pleasure to fish and Clonanav has access to several private beats along its length offering a good variety of fishing.
The River Nire
A gin clear spate rivers with
A gin clear spate/freestone river flowing from the Comeragh Mountains through the Nire Valley until its confluence with the river Suir. It is a narrow river (12 m/35 ft) with a ripple and pool formation. Access is easy/moderate but wading is over moderate sized rocks.
The river has a good stock of fish from 20 to 30 cm as well as some much larger fish. The fishing is mainly on dry fly and nymph with some streamer fishing during high water.
Main hatches include BWO, Spurwings, Sedges, Stoneflies and a good deal of terrestrials. Best flies are Comparaduns, Klinkhammers, Elk hair caddis, Black gnat, small bead heads
The River Tar
A lime stone river very similar to the south of England chalkstreams. A wide (45 ft/15 m), shallow river, with a healthy growth of flowering ranunculus weed. The bottom is level, making wading easy. It is noted for its remarkable dry fly fishing due to the shallow nature of the river.
The River Tar is a lowland stream flowing through the foothills of the Knocklmealdown mountains, through lush pasture land. A beautiful river and very similar to the chalk streams in southern England.
The river has a good stock of fish from 20 to 30 cm as well as some much larger fish up to 45 cm
Seasons & Equipment
On all our trips we can fully kit you out. So if you are in Ireland for just a few days don’t worry, you dont have to bring your gear we will fully kit you out with the latest gear from top brands including Hardy, Simms, Patagonia, Vision and more. We also have an onsite shop stocking all top brands.
Pre Trip Info
The Rivers we fish, the Suir, Nire and Tar are various sizes. Standard rods are ideal, ie 9ft #5 and 8ft6 # 4 with floating lines. For some French and Czech nymphing we use 10ft # 3 wt rods also. For salmon fishing the rods vary in length from 12.5ft to 14ft depending on water heights.
The weather can be very changeable in Ireland! So be prepared for rain and some cold. A good wading jacket and some warm layers are essential. Waders with wading boots with rubber soles and studs are most commonly used.
The flies we used are a mix of dries, nymphs and streamers. During the year the flies do not vary hugely and there are always some essentials to have in your box. For other patterns we sell all the local delicacies in our store
Dries – Klinkhammers, Comparaduns, Stacked Hackle BWO, Balloon Caddis, CDC Duns, Black Gnats, Elk Hair Caddis
Nymphs – PTN Flashback, Prince, Hares Ear, tungsten beaded nymphs, riffle nymph, copper johns
Streamers – Woolly bugges in var colours, Zonker and skulpin patterns
Eventhough it is not that sunny in Ireland, we still do get some warm days so bring some sunblock and a hat. Also very important are a camera, however your guide will have a camera with him and we will email you all the photos.
If you need any rods, waders or any other gear we are able to supply these. Just let us know prior to your arrival
Guided Fly Fishing
Trips starting from €199 per person per Day
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9AM – 5PM
SUN & MON
Nire Valley, Ballymacarbry,
Clonmel, Co Waterford – IRELAND