Ireland’s No 1 Fly Fishing School


Lean to fly fish with the best instructors


Learn to fly fish on one of our structured fly fishing schools

Learn to Fly Fish the Easy Way

Clonanav Fly Fishing has been the leading fly fishing school for many years. We have unrivalled facilities with our own casting ponds, miles of private fishing, tuition centre, on-site shop and highly qualified and experienced instructors.  We strive to ensure that you will always receive the highest standard of tuition to help you on your way to enjoying the incredible sport of fly fishing! 

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Equipment Supplied

No gear? No problem!  We can kit you out for your day.

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Brown Trout Fishing

Rivers teeming with Native Brown Trout.  Private casting ponds for tuition

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Private Fishing

Miles of private fishing on 3 different rivers.

Irelands No 1 Fly fishing School  

We offer fully structured courses catering to different angler levels.  Whether you are a beginner or improved we have a course of clinic to suit you.  Clonanav has excellent facilities including:

  • Purpose built casting ponds
  • Tuition room 
  • All equipment supplied
  • Qualified Instructors


Miles of Fishing


Beginners Courses


Beginners Course

Beginners are most welcome and will learn to fly fish the easy way. At our school you will learn to set up your tackle correctly, cast competently, learn which flies to use and much more! With a little bit of luck you might even catch a fish!


The initial tuition commences in our purpose built  centre where you are given a presentation on tackle set up fishing techniques, knots, flies and much of the theory involved. Casting then begins on our casting ponds where the basics in casting fly are practiced. Our specially designed lakes are ideal for this as you have plenty of space to learn the basic casting stroke. You will have an excellent opportunity to observe and catch fish here. In the begginers class you will learn to overhead cast, roll cast, and shoot some line.


In the afternoon techniques on casting fish are taught ie dry fly, wet fly, nymph and you will be given the opportunity to practice your casting and hopefully catch a fish!


 Beginners Course Dates 2020

Improvers Courses


Improvers Course

Why not join one of our fly fishing courses and enhance your fly fishing. Learn to fly fish the easy way with structured courses to help you to gain the most out of your fishing!

During the fishing season Clonanav hosts a number of structured fly fishing schools which cater for both beginners and improvers. The courses are designed to make learing the art of fly fishing fun and easy. The schools have been featured on many TV programmes both in Ireland and the UK.

The emphasis on this course is to help you to catch more fish on the river.  River fishing is one of the more complex forms of fly fishing so this course is the ideal way to ensure success on the river!  If you have been on one of our beginners courses and would like to take your fly fishing to the next level this course is ideal for you. The morning part of the course takes place on our casting ponds with the emphasis on improve your casting skills learing to single/double haul, mend line, jump roll. In the afternoon we move to the river and you will learn some river fishing skills – fishing with dry flies, nymphs, and wet flies


 Improvers Course Dates 2020

Spey Casting Courses


Spey Casting Course

Salmon fishing is often perceived to be very difficult, but join one of our courses for 2020 and learn to Spey cast the easy way. These one day intensive courses are the ideal way of getting into salmon fishing and you will learn single and double spey, switch casts, how to spot salmon lies, and much more.  Also during the course we give in depth details of the latest and most suitable spey casting rods and heads.  Essential for the modern salmon angler



 Spey Casting Course Dates 2020

Your Instructor

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan


Andrew Ryan is one of Ireland’s best known fly fishing instructors and guides. Owner of Clonanav Fly Fishing School and Shop he has been guiding for over 20 years on the river Suir and tributaries.  He first qualified as a REFFIS Instructor in 1993 at the age of only 18; one of the youngest instructors to ever be awarded the qualification.  Andrew Ryan is a member of APGAI – Ireland, and holds the FFF Masters and THCI which are the highest casting instruction qualifications in the world.

Opening Hours


9AM – 5PM








Nire Valley, Ballymacarbry,

Clonmel, Co Waterford – IRELAND

E91 XY44