Located in Co Wicklow hills in a village called Rathdrum is the Avonmore river, it runs through oak forests, towering pines in the Vale of Avondale and the stunning Meeting of the Waters. The river rises above Roundwood in Lough Dan and travels over a granite bed for 35 miles till it enters the sea in Arklow. Just 50 mins from Dublin this remote angling location will give all anglers challenges and rewards.
It is the runs and pools that are the characters of this fast flowing river. Due to its high acidity the water is very hard and fish take that bit longer to grow. However there is a large stock of wild brown trout averaging 8 to 10 inches and there is quite a few larger fish to be hunted also. For the developing and experienced angler the traditional wet fly fishing with spiders produces some class fishing here, nymphing behind the large boulders is the preferred methods to entice the trout to take, while in the pools, during the rise a dry fly, well presented you can have some sport.
The river joins the Avonbeg river at the scenic meeting of the waters to form the Avoca river, the Avonbeg is well worth fishing during the early part of the season but it can be a little over grown later in the season and can be tricky to fish for the novice angler.
The Avonmore River is without a doubt one of the most stunning venues throughout Ireland for any angler to cast a fly; it is wild and rugged, full of fast water and pools. However wading can be tricky and a wading staff is advised. The best location to begin would be in Rathdrum at the Mill Bridge and you can fish up or down river for around 10 miles each way. Day tickets are available from the local club and can be bought in the local shop in the village. You also can pop into see Pat Cullen for some angling advice and a huge selection of flies that will catch fish. Competitions are regularly held on the river and are good social event to meet local anglers, the club promotes catch and release and any Salmon or Sea Trout caught must be returned to the water unharmed.
If you would like to experience fishing on these waters you can contact me and I will arrange for you to talk to our fly-tier Peter Driver, he will help you arrange your fishing and guides if required.