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The River Dee

2010: CLOSED TO ANGLING FOR ALL SALMON AND FOR SEA TROUT OVER 40CM. Open for sea trout less than 40cm.

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The River Dee rises near Bailieboro in Co. Cavan and flows in a northeasterly direction for over 30 miles before entering the Irish Sea at the picturesque village of Annagassan. This river can cater for all game anglers, as it possesses stocks of native wild brown trout as well as its migratory cousins the Atlantic salmon and the sea trout. This rich water gets hatches of Mayfly as well as olives, sedges black gnat and reed smut. Angling associations and private fishery owners controls fishing. Before fishing the appropriate permission must be obtained and fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations of the association.

The characteristics of this river changes from slow flowing from Whitewood lake to Nobber to fast flowing pool and riffle areas from Nobber to Garvey bridge below which it returns to dep slow water. From Ardee to the sea is interspersed between run riffle and pool an ideal habitat for salmon and sea trout. Access is difficult in some areas.

The Dee fishery which is located at the lower end of the river below Cappogue bridge is under the control of the Dee and Glyde Development Association and comprises approximately 4 ½ miles of prime salmon and sea trout waters. In 2001 approximately 200-300 salmon and 1000 seatrout were taken on this fishery. Fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations as set out by the Association. 

Location: Co. Louth, Meath and Co. Cavan. The main towns and villages are Annagassan, Ardee, Nobber and Kilmainhamwood.

Salmon & Sea trout: 1st February to 30th September,
Brown Trout: 1st March – 30th September.

Fish species: The River Dee contains stocks of wild brown trout with salmon and sea trout fishing also available on its lower reaches.

Methods: All legitimate methods are allowed however catch and release is encouraged

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 Flurry, Glyde (that part of the river downstream of Castlebellingham Weir), Dee (that part of the river downstream of Cappogue Bridge).

Best Flies:
Brown trout: Dry flies: Klinkhammer, Mosley Mayfly, Spent gnat Devaux Sedge, B.W.O patterns, Black gnat, sherry Spinners Wet Flies: Wickhams Fancy, Hares Ear, GRHE nymph, Assorted goldheads, stickfly, black & silver spide.
Sea Trout: Teal, blue & silver, black pennell, butcher, alexander, bibio, peter ross conemara black,watsons fancy.
Salmon: Colley dog, Ally shrimp, silver stoats tail.

Angling Clubs: The Dee and Glyde Development Association and Nobber Anglers are the two main Angling Associations on this river.

Angling Tip: Night fishing for sea trout can produce excellent results.

Permits: Dee and Glyde Fishing Development Association. Secretary: Gerard Keenan, Website

Local tackle dealers:
Island Fishing Tackle, 58 Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Tel: 042 9335698
Hugh 0`Neill Sports, Castle Street, Ardee, Co. Louth, Tel 041 6853268
Drogheda Angling Centre, Stockwell Lane, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: 041 9845442
Weldon Brothers, Spiddal, Nobber, Co. Meath, Tel: 046 52105
The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 15a Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Tel: 01 2787022.

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