The south west of Ireland is a hideaway for anglers from all over Europe and North America who return again and again to sample the excellent fishing opportunities.
The Munster Blackwater rises in east Co. Kerry and flows for over 100 miles east through the counties of Cork and Waterford to the tide at Cappoquin and is noted for its big run of salmon. Its entire catchment is more than 1,200 square miles and has a long, narrow estuary, some 15 miles long. It dominates the southern province, draining five ranges of mountains, the terrain is of a peaty nature in the upper reaches and in some of the tributaries the water is a of a dark colour, hence the name 'black' water. The river is characterized by mighty pools, lovely streams, glides and, generally, a good push of water coming through except in very low water.
The river is noted for its enormous run of salmon over the years.The Spring run has improved in recent years. The best grilse fishing is towards the end of the season. A feature of the Blackwater is that it probably holds more species of fish than any other Irish river.
The salmon and sea trout season starts on 1 February till 30th September. During 2012 there is a pilot scheme extension for 12 days on a catch and release basis until 12th October 2012.
Slaney: The Slaney river holds good stocks of small wild brown trout to 8ozs. The river has its best runs of salmon in April, May and early June. A small number of grilse are also taken annually and some larger fish in September.
Nore: The river Nore enjoys good salmon fishing but it is confined mainly to the tidal confluence at Inistioge up as far as the confluence of the River Dinan above Kilkenny City.
Suir: The Suir and its tributaries drain most of county Tipperery. The rivers channel is characterised by a series of shallow and deep glides, interrupted occasionally by shallow riffles. As many of its major tributaries drain large areas of limestone, as does the main river, the Suir has the best characteristics of a chalk stream. This gives it prolific fly hatches and big stocks of trout (with some very large fish). As such this rich river is world renowned for its brown trout fishing. Over the last few seasons this has become a river where those, 'in the know', have gone to seek the bigger Irish salmon.
Historically the Suir was also renowned for producing large salmon. The rod caught Irish record is still a 57 lb fish taken on the river in 1874 by a Mr. Maher. It is unlikely to be beaten in the near future. Currently a salmon over 20 pounds is classified as a specimen fish and only a small number of these are recorded annually.