The River Griese Trout and Salmon Anglers Association is comprised of people from all walks of life, with one thing in common: we all love to fish.
We are a not for profit Association dedicated to maintaining and enjoying over 30 miles of fantastic wild brown trout and salmon fishing, spread over many beats from Colbinstown Bridge through the grounds of Kilkea Castle and down to the River Barrow. Trout of up to 1 to 1½ pounds are common, while the river also enjoys a run of salmon parr, salmon fry, and the occasional fully-grown fish. Lampreys, eels and smaller species such as sticklebacks also populate the river.
An Inland Fisheries Board inspection carried out during 2016 rated our river at between 8 and 9 on its 1 to 10 scale for number of fish, fish quality, and water quality. We are proud of such a high rating and we are committed to retaining or even improving it.
Our season runs from March 17th to September 30th, and we encourage fly fishing, catch and release, and the use of barbless hooks.
Spinning (with single barbless hooks) is permitted only on certain stretches, and no live bait or float fishing is allowed. If you do wish to take fish home, the daily bag limit is two fish, but all fish less than nine inches in length must always be returned to the water. These rules are to help maintain fish stocks, thereby increasing the enjoyment of others in the future too.
The Association operates with the help and support of local landowners, and we ask that all anglers respect the landowners property in return. We advocate adherence to The Country Code (included with all Beat Maps, and we reserve the right to withdraw membership from any angler found in contravention of it or of other club rules.
The primary aim of the River Griese Trout and Salmon Anglers Association shall be the protection, preservation, promotion and improvement of trout and salmon fishing in the River Griese for the local community.
- To promote and maintain the well-being of the river ecosystem, actively working to monitor the state of the environment and ensure that any pollution or abuse is stopped, reported and reversed.
- To encourage the education, involvement and participation by all members of the local community – especially children and the disabled – in fishing related and river ecosystem activities.
- To take such steps and promote such legislation beneficial to the promotion, development and protection of the river environment for fishing and oppose legislation prejudicial to such interests and the interests of the association members.
- To take all possible steps for the enforcement and upholding of all laws relating to the environment, fish protection and the preservation of the countryside.
- To build, deliver and work to improve a river management plan for ensuring that the river is sustained for future generations.
Membership of the River Griese Trout and Salmon Anglers Association costs just €20 per year for adults and €5 per child (up to the age of 16), with family membership of €30. You may apply for membership online.
Day tickets are available from 17th March at the following locations –
- Narraghmore Community Centre (Opens January 2019)
- Ballitore Post Office
- Moone Community Centre
- Crookstown Service Station (O’Reilly’s)
- Castledermot Service Station (Behan’s)
Day Tickets can be used for all stretches of the river – from Beat 1 through to exit in to the River Barrow and Beat Maps will be available along with the Day Tickets.
That represents great value for great fishing, so we look forward to welcoming you to the riverbanks as you come to fish with us!