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Rye Water


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The Rye Water rises in Co. Kildare and flows in a south-easterly direction for 12 miles before joining with the Liffey at leixlip. Although the river has been drained it is generally fast flowing over a stoney bottom. This river which contains stcks of brown trout gets good hatches of olives and sedges.

The stretch of the Rye Water from Sandford’s Bridge to the Leixlip Aqueduct (where the Royal Canal flows over the Rye) is owned by Intel Ireland Ltd., and is controlled by Leixlip and District Angling Association. Access to this stretch is from Kellystown Lane and from the towpath beside the Aquaduct. There is very good quality trout fishing, particularly in spring. Fish average 10 oz with several over 3 lbs recorded every year. A catch and release policy for all trout under 3 lbs was introduced in 1997. Juvenile anglers are allowed to keep one trout providing it is over the special size limit of 10 inches. Excellent hatches of olives emerge at various times of the year and good hatches of sedges occur in the late evenings from the middle of May right up to the end of September. Anglers are required at all times carry a permit or display a membership badge which can be examined by officers from Intel or the Angling Association.


Rye Water, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

Fish Species

Brown Trout

Season: 1st March - 30th September

Methods: All legitimate methods are allowed. Fly fishing, worm fishing and spinning.

Best Flies: Dryflies: olives & sedges, sizes 14 - 16
Wetflies; patterns including gold heads size 12 - 16.

Angling Club Leixlip & District Angling Association control fishing on this river:
Secretary: James Mulhall, 61, Walnut Close, Kingswood, Dublin 24. Tel: 01 4527697.

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, Collinstown, Maynooth Road, Co. Kildare. Tel: 624 3050, Angling and Shooting Centre, Patrick Cleere & Sons and The Yellow Jersey.

Access to Fisheries: Access does not imply a right of way and anglers should ensure that, they have the necessary permission to enter or cross private lands. Where possible anglers should walk along the river bank or lake shore.

Country Code: Anglers should ensure that gates are closed and that fences are not broken or damaged. Care should be taken with crops and livestock. Litter must not be discarded and no fires are allowed. Vehicles should be parked in designated areas and in such a manner that they do not cause obstruction.

Errors and Inaccuracies: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this webpage is accurate, no responsibility will be accepted by the Eastern Regfional Fisheries Board for any errors or inaccuracies contained herein. Any errors brought to our attention will be corrected immediately.

Further Information: For further information please contact:

Des Chew, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, Dublin Angling Initiative, 15a Main Street Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01 2787022

The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board,15a Main Street, Blackrock Co. Dublin

Tel: 00 353 1 2787022 Fax: 00 353 1 22787025 email:

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