Lake Trout

Some challenging fly-fishing for brown and rainbow trout is available on the nearby reservoirs, which can be fished from a hire boat.  The average size of the trout in these reservoirs is 3lbs with some fish of up to 6lbs being caught every season. Some of the small waters hold brown trout to 18lbs weight.


The quality fishing on these reservoirs has been featured in Irish angling magazines on a number of occasions.  These larger waters are open from March through to January.  The wearing of a lifejacket is mandatory on these lakes.

Nice Waterford Rainbow

Nice Overwintered Rainbow Trout

There are also smaller waters that can be fished from the bank with trout up to 16lbs weight.  A fishing permit is required to fish these waters.  These small waters are open all months of the year and are ideal locations for beginners who want to learn to cast a fly and also to catch their first fish.

Happy Canadian anglers

Happy Canadian anglers with their first Irish trout.

Game Fishing Ireland has an in-depth knowledge of these fisheries and the most successful tactics that work on them at various times of year.   Stillwater methods can include lures, buzzer, nymph, wet fly and dry fly. Typical tackle would be a 10ft 6-7wt rod with matching lines

Mick catches at Ardaire

Mick catches at Ardaire