River Nore Guide
The River Nore rises on the Devil’s Bit Mountain in County Tipperary, just over a mile from the source of its sister river, the Suir. It starts out flowing in an easterly direction, passing through Borris-In-Ossory, and Castletown, before swinging south towards Durrow. From Durrow it continues South through Ballyragget, Kilkenny City, Bennettsbridge, Thomastown and Inistioge, before joining up with the Barrow, just upstream of New Ross. A total of around 87 miles.
The main Salmon fishing is from Inistioge up to the confluence of the River Dinan, upstream of Kilkenny City, with the best fly water being around the Thomastown area. The Nore Salmon runs have always come under a lot of pressure from poachers (unfortunately a common issue in Ireland), and also from drift netting in the estuary. In the past few years many of these drift nets have been decommissioned, and that has helped the fishing, but like many other Irish rivers the poaching is still an issue.
The River Nore is pretty wide in places and has plenty of trees on the banks. Most anglers will use a 15 footer, but you can get away with a smaller rod, even a single hander. You’ll need to wade in much of the Nore, and even though you generally need chest waders, the wading is safe.
Inistioge Anglers’ Association
The Inistioge Anglers water is the first above the tide. It’s almost all Salmon fishing and consists of ¾ of a mile of double bank fishing around the village. This is good water for springers right from season open in February. It is best fished in low water.
The Cotterell Fishery
This is another low water fishery, which consists of 2/3 of a mile of single bank (right bank) fishing, starting just downstream of the Brownsbam bridge (where the R700 crosses the river about 1 ½ miles above Inistioge). This stretch has some nice streamy water, mixed with holding pools.
Kilkenny Angling Club
The Kilkenny club has almost 10 miles of segmented fishing on the Nore, and a couple of miles in the River Dinin. The first stretch on the Nore is on the left bank from Ballyragget Bridge (N77) down to Lismaine Bridge (on the Lismaine Road, about a mile west of the N77). The next stretch is on the left bank from the confluence of the River Dinin down to Bleach Green, on the Northern outskirts of Kilkenny City.
The club also has left bank fishing from Maddockstown PO down to about a mile above Bennettsbridge (about 2 ½ miles in total), and a stretch at Holden’s and on both banks around Brownsbam Bridge (R700 crossing 1 ½ miles above Inistioge).
Thomastown Angling Club
The Thomastown club has 4 miles of double bank fishing both above and below the town. It is arguably the best Salmon fishing on the Nore and in recent years that means it’s very good. It has definitely got the best fly water of all of the fisheries, with beautiful streamy water.
Mount Juliet House
Mount Juliet has 3 miles of double bank fishing upstream of Thomastown and a mile of right bank fishing on the Kings River (from the confluence with the Nore). The Salmon fishing here is mostly Grilse and autumn fish but it too can be very good with the right water.
Durrow and District Anglers’ Association
The Durrow & District Anglers have water on the Nore, the Ouveg River, the Erkina, and on the River Goul. Their water on the Nore extends from Watercastle Bridge downstream to the confluence of the Ouveg River. This used to be to be excellent Salmon water, but that was prior to the 70s. The great pools back in those days were, the Meetings (at the confluence of the Erkina), the Mossy Rock, Anker, Commons hole, and Hastings, amongst others.
Nowadays few Salmon make it this far up the Nore, mostly likely because of poaching further downstream. Even the excellent autumn run seems to stop short of Durrow now. Still, the trout fishing here is really good and you can get fish up to 3lbs.
River Nore Tributaries
River Delour (Black Nore)
River The Kings River
River White Horse
River Nore Neighbouring Rivers