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Angling on the lower River Suir.

As the river drains large areas of limestone it makes an ideal habitat for Atlantic salmon and native brown trout. Indeed the River Suir has many times been described as the “anglers paradise of Europe” as regards wild brown trout fishing.


Angling on the Suir is best around Carrick and upstream. The angling season begins on the 17th March and extends to 30th September subject to bye-law each year.

The River Suir rises in the Devil's Bit Mountain, runs South to Cahir and then East to Waterford Harbour. It is an excellent limestone trout river from near it's source to where it meets the tide at Carrick-on-Suir. The main tributaries are the Tar, Nire, Anner, Clodiagh, Multeen and Aherlow. It holds a heavy stock of fish and has several tributaries which also provide good trout fishing. The general character of the river is a long series of rather shallow gravelly glides with a very rich weed growth.

There are occasional stony runs and some deep pools. It flows through rich farmland and it is well sheltered by waterside trees. The banks are rush-grown in many places. Wading is generally easy and there is plenty of cover but the trees do not interfere too much with angling.

The relative uniformity of the nature of the riverbed type means that the dominant fly hatches are more or less similar over the entire length of the river, with the exception of the Mayfly , which is found mainly between Camus Bridge and Golden, and stoneflies, which are confined to fast shallow sections. The main flies are olives, iron-blues, alders, reed smuts, midges, caenis, hawthorn, pale wateries, sedges and murroughs.

The best of the salmon fishing is said to extend downstream from Ardfinnan towards Carrick-on-Suir. The fishing is controlled mainly by angling clubs and syndicates. The Suir has the distinction of producing Ireland's record rod-caught salmon. It weighed 57lbs and was taken on a fly by Michael Maher in 1874

For Further information on fishing licences and all other general enquiries, please contact Mr Joe Stevens at The Southern Regional Fisheries Board . Telephone: (00 353 ) 52-80055 or Fax: ( 00 353 ) 52-23971 or write to: Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

Further information is contained in “A Guide to Carrick by the Suir” available from the Tourist Information Office, Heritage Centre, Main St. for €10 including postage.


Fly Fishing River Suir Carrick-On –Suir:  Start of tidal water. Duffcastle to Carrick-on-Suir is last freshwater section, well stocked with trout. Carrick-on-Suir AA has north bank from Miloko to Duffcastle, also

Salmon: 1 February to 30 September
Sea-trout: 1 February to 30 September
Brown Trout: 1 March to 30 September

See also southeastireland.com for further angling information.

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