Ounavarragh (Owenavorragh) River
CLOSED TO ANGLING FOR ALL SALMON AND FOR SEA TROUT OVER 40CM for 2010. 0pen to angling for sea trout under 40cm.
The Ounavarragh River rises near Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford and flows for approximately 18 miles in a north-easterly direction, across flat pastureland before entering the Irish Sea at Courtown Harbour.The river banks are overgrown in many places but they are cleared occasionally by the local Angling Association.
Fishing is controlled by the Ounavarragh Angling Association, which has day permits available and riparian owners. The Association control fishing from Ballywater Bridge to Courtown Harbour. This river holds excellent stocks of small wild brown trout to 8ozs with some pushing 1lb and the odd trout to 2lb. This wild stock was complimented with stocked fish from 1lb. to 2 lbs. in weight in the past but the last stocking of trout of this size was in 2004 (the year of the fishkill). The last stocking in the river took place in 2005 & 2006 when it was stocked with summerlings. These trout have now grown on and along with the natural wild trout which are making a comeback again are widely dispersed within the river system.
The river gets a good run of sea-trout from June to September and small numbers of fish up to 6 lbs. are taken each year. However, the average size of sea-trout is 1lb. The river also gets a run of salmon and occasional fish can be taken from June onwards. However the main run of fish arrives from late August to the end of September. The best of the sea trout fishing is from mid June through to September. The best of the fishing is at night and for the fly fishermen dark fly’s and standard sea trout patterns get the best results.
Location: Co. Wexford. The main towns in the area are Enniscorthy, Gorey and Courtown.
Season: Fishing takes place from March 15th to September 30th.
Fish Species: The Owenvorragh contains stocks of wild brown trout, sea-trout and salmon.
Methods: All legitimate methods are allowed but fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations of the Association.
Bye-law No. 824, 2007 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the Rivers Avoca, Owenavorragh and Slaney.
Wets: black pennell, teal blue and silver, peter ross, any of the butchers, connemara black, soldier palmer, alexander, silver stoats tail, watsons fancy, mallard & claret.
Nymphs: Pheasant tails, hares ears, caddis patterns, red tags, copper johns.
Dries: CDC Dries such as F-Flies (in sizes 12 to 22), comparaduns, adams, parachute patterns, balloon caddis, klinkhammers.
Angling Club: This water is controlled by the Ounavarragh Angling Association, which supports a policy of catch and release.
Fishing Tip: Night time fishing and standard sea-trout patterns produce the best results for sea trout. Seatrout can also be caught during the day on nymphs.
Permits: Permits for this river are available from
Courtown Sea Angling Centre, Courtown Harbour (beside Post Office)
East Coast Gun and Dog, Gorey Business Park, Gorey
Mallocas Fast Food, Main Street, Gorey
“Whitmores” Jewelers and Gift Shop, Thomas Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Ounavarragh Angling Association
Secretary: Albert Mulhall, Courtown, Co. Wexford