Another of the Three Sisters which rises from the slopes of The Devils Bit Mountain, Co. Tipperarry and flows 185 kms through Thurles, Holycross, Cahir, and Clonmel. There is notable tidal influence on the River Suir from Carrick on Suir to Waterford Harbour where she enters the Atlantic Ocean.
This river contains a catchment size of approximately 3544 km2. . This is the third longest river in Ireland just falling short of the River Barrow her big sister. The Suir has great riffle/glide sequence flow characteristic throughout and lies entirely on limestone bedrock, very shallow in places and ideal for anglers who are fond of wading. The river bottom is solid containing boulders, stone and sand substrate. The Suir is a very fast flowing river so anglers should be extremely careful when wading.
The River Suir is known best for its game fishing for Salmonoid species such as Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) and also Salmon (Salmo salar). The record specimen Salmon was caught in the River Suir in 1874 by Micheal Maher and weighed 57 lbs.
This river is well known for its fly fishing. The dry fly is a popular choice for anglers on this river for both Brown Trout and Sea Trout.
Brown Trout : 1st March – 30th September
Sea Trout : 1st Febuary – 30th September
Atlantic Salmon : 1st Febuary – 30th September
A number of species in the River Suir are protected by annex 11 of the EU Habitats
Directive : Sea Lamprey, River Lamprey, Brook Lamprey, Freshwater Pearly Mussel, Otter
Atlantic Salmon and Twaite Shad
Catch and Release is to be carried out for the 2016 season.
Pike are present in this river and may be found in the deeper stretches and have no closed fishing season.
Dace have also been introduced into this river – This is worrying some anglers! This fish is one of the latest invasive species and may make some dramatic changes to the ecosystem by effecting the native food supply chain.