The Rye Water

Rye Water

This river is fly fishing only. 

The Rye Water rises in Co. Kildare and flows in a southeasterly direction for 12 miles before joining with the Liffey at Leixlip. Although the river has been drained it is generally fast flowing over a stony bottom. This river, which contains stocks of brown trout, gets hatches of olives and sedges.
Leixlip and District Angling Association control the stretch of the Rye Water from Kellystown Lane to Leixlip Village. There is good quality trout fishing, particularly in spring. Fish average 10 oz with a few larger ones. This is a fly fishing only river and a catch and release policy for all trout  is in force.  Hatches of large dark olives emerge in early spring and hatches of sedges occur in the late evenings from the middle of May to the end of September. Anglers are required at all times to display a membership badge which can be examined by officers of the Angling Association.
Season: 1st March - 30th September
Methods:  Fly fishing only, worm fishing and spinning are not permitted.
Best Flies: Dry flies: olives & sedges, sizes 14 - 16
Wet fly patterns size 12 - 16.

Fishing Tip: Try fishing a small nymph suspended under the dry fly on evenings when the fish are rising short.
Day Ticket
Day tickets are available for visiting anglers who wish to fish the Rye Water. They can be obtained from The Leixlip Amenities Centre. Tel: 624 3050
Access: Safe parking is available in the Intel northwest car park. There is an anglers’ gate to the river in this car park.
Access is quite open downstream of the aqueduct to the village of Leixlip.

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