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Rathkeale Deel Anglers

The stretch of the Deel river from Newbridge to Ballyalinan is the fishing stretch for the Rathkeale branch.

The principal catch is brown trout. Salmon fishing is prohibited at present.

Membership fee, including insurance is €20 per year.

Contact Jimmy Dollery or John Reddon


June '95


Brown Trout Information

The brown trout (Salmo trutta) or Breac Donn (Gaelic) is a native Irish species and the most widely distributed freshwater fish in Ireland. It thrives in waters of all types, from small mountain streams to broad limestone rivers and loughs. It’s main requirements are clean water and gravel in which to spawn.

The habitat of the wild brown trout is diminishing all over Europe and at the same time the majority of fly fishing for trout has an artificial character based on catching ‘rainbows’. In this respect Ireland offers the essence of the sport - the pursuit of wild trout taking hatching fly in natural waters.

Irish trout can and do achieve a large size. Every year trout over 10 lbs are caught with the occasional one up to 20 lbs. The trout angler can use a wide range of methods including, bait, spinning and fly fishing.

Information from Fishing Ireland



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