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River Dargle

Angling Byelaw 936, 2015 This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law, and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 930, 2014.

Angling Bye-Law No. 936 of 2015.pdf

The River Dargle rises in the Wicklow mountains and flows in a north-easterly direction for 12 miles; passing through the beautiful Dargle Glen in a series of rapids and waterfalls before entering the Irish Sea at Bray. It is one of Ireland’s prime sea trout rivers and regularly produces excellent fishing for large sea-trout. The best of the sea-trout fishing is from May to September. This river also gets a small run of grilse in the summer months. Most of the fishing on the Dargle is controlled by the local Angling Club and private individuals.


Co. Wicklow. The main towns and villages in the area are Bray, Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow.

Fish Species

Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Salmon.



All legal methods are allowed with the exception of the strict fly fishing only rule applied from Bray Bridge to Bray Harbour. Fly fishing only at Tinnahinch.

Best Flies: Sea-trout: Sweeney Todd, Medicines, (red, silver and gold), Connemara Black, Zulu, Black Pennell and Teal, Blue and Silver.

Angling Club Fishing rights to the lower reaches are controlled by the Dargle Anglers Association. These are:

1.      The Dargle Glen from the bottom of the Tinnehinch Fishery to Kilcroney, near the junction of the N11, Dublin-Wexford and R117 Enniskerry roads.

2.      In Bray town from the west end of the People’s Park (Lower Dargle Road) to the sea.

Visiting anglers are welcome to join as associate members of the club. Day permits are available from Viking Tackle, Bray Sports Centre, Rory’s Tackle Shop, Dun Laoghaire Angling and Patrick Cleere & Sons. All legal methods are permitted with the except of the strict fly fishing only rule applied from Bray Bridge to Bray Harbour.

You can contact the Secretary of the Dargle Anglers Association, Mr. Tony Grehan, 2 Whitechurch Crescent, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Tinnehinch Fishery

This private fishery extends from Tinnehinch Bridge on the R760 road near Powerscourt Estate downstream for one mile to the top of the ‘Gorge’ in Dargle Glen. Fishing is strictly fly only with the best sea trout fishing at night using the recommended flies. Fly casting instruction is available as are evening tickets (dusk). For further information please contact Mr. Hugh Duff, Tinnehinch House, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 286 8652.

Fishing Tip: Try fishing this river as the water level is dropping after a flood.

Permits For the Dargle Anglers Association waters contact the Secretary or the tackle dealers listed above. For the Tinnahinch fishery contact Mr. Hugh Duff. (as above)

Access to Fisheries: Access does not imply a right of way and anglers should ensure that, they have the necessary permission to enter or cross private lands. Where possible anglers should walk along the river bank or lake shore.

Country Code: Anglers should ensure that gates are closed and that fences are not broken or damaged. Care should be taken with crops and livestock. Litter must not be discarded and no fires are allowed. Vehicles should be parked in designated areas and in such a manner that they do not cause obstruction.