Trout Fishing in the East

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Dublin Area Trout Fly Fishing

The rivers, lakes and reservoirs around Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow can provide good sport for wild brown trout and rainbow trout. The wild brown trout season is generally from March to September. Check with the local angling club for exact dates. The Liffey, Dargle, Dodder, Rye Water and Tolka are all popular river venues whilst the reservoirs at Bohernabreena, Leixlip and Pollaphuca cater for the stillwater angler. A number of well managed ‘put and take’ fisheries also form part of the game angling options available in Dublin and surrounding counties. Game angling is controlled by Angling Associations and riprarian owners. Anglers should ensure they seek the necessary permission before fishing.

Dublin is is a fine base for the trout fisher on the East coast. There are a number of options all within easy reach of the city centre with five rivers and two lakes located in the county.

The Liffey offers some of the finest river trout fly fishing in Ireland.

On the River Vartry in Co. Wicklow, the ‘River Vartry System (Conservation Bag Limit), Bye-law no. 952, 2017’ has been introduced.  An angler is now permitted to take one sea trout (40cms or less) per day from the river during the open season (which is 1st March – 30th September). The River Vartry is closed for fishing for salmon and sea trout over 40cms.

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