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Flyfishing in the Boyne Valley. Salmon and trout fishing.

The Boyne River (Oldbridge to Navan)

Salmon fishing: CATCH AND RELEASE only for 2008

The River Boyne rises near Newberry Hall in Co. Kildare and meanders its way in a north easterly direction for seventy miles through counties Offaly, Meath and Louth before entering the Irish Sea below the historic town of Drogheda, between the townlands of Mornington and Baltray. The Boyne has extensive stocks of wild brown trout and also has a good run of salmon and sea trout in summer and autumn. The majority of salmon fishing in this are is controlled by Angling Associations with some being maintained by private fishery owners.
The main salmon and sea trout fisheries are located on the lower reaches of the river between Navan and Drogheda.
Salmon fishing early in the season ( March to May ) is concetrated around the Navan area. The Ramparts and Sophies Island are popular locations but the run of fish is small and only a very small number of salmon are taken annually. The average weight of fish at this time of the year is around 10lbs. Fish can also be taken in this area later in the year when water conditions are suitable, generally with a flood or rise in water level. Spining and shrimp fishing produce many of the fish in this area although the fly has produced a number of fish over the last number of seasons.


In summer the best of the salmon fishing is located downstream of Navan, between Slane and Oldbridge. Good numbers of salmon are taken annually during the months of July, August and September on the fisheries downstream of Slane Village with the most popular locations being, the Scabby Arch, Johnstons, Crewbawn, Staleen and Oldbridge. The average weight of salmon in summer is 7lbs. to 8lbs. but numbers of larger fish to 17lbs can also be taken. Sea trout fishing is mainly concentrated around the Oldbridge area but they can be caught on occasion as far upstream as Slane and Navan. The Boyne gets a small run of large sea trout at the end of May and into June but the best of the fishing is from the end of June to the end of September. The average weight of sea trout is 1.5lbs with larger sea trout to 5lbs being caught on occasion.
When fishing for salmon and sea trout anglers must have a State licence and the necessary permission before fishing. Fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations of the local Angling Association. Anglers must also note that the law now requires all captured salmon and sea trout over 40cms in length to be tagged.
There is excellent wild brown trout fishing on the river Boyne and the average weight of trout is three quarters of a pound however a number of fish to 5lbs or 6lbs are taken annually.


The Boyne has all the fly hatches associated with a limestone river. The most prolific hatches include olives and sedges and there can also be good hatches of the mayfly Ephemera danica. There are a number of popular fishing locations in the Navan area and these are located at Kilcarn, Blackcastle and Dunmoe. There is also good trout fishing in the Stackallen area and downstream of Slane at the Scabby Arch, Crewbawn, Johnsons, Rossnaree and Staleen. Fishing can be good all year round depending on weather and water conditions but the best of the fishing is from mid May to mid September. Some of these areas can weed up in summer but there is still a lot of accessible water. Anglers wishing to fish for wild brown trout on the river Boyne must have the necessary permission and permit from the local Angling Association.

Angling Clubs: The following angling clubs hold waters on the River Boyne:

Drogheda & District Anglers Club: Secretary, John Murphy 39 Anville Cresent, Drogheda Co. Louth. Tel: (Europe) 00 353 41 9834078 (U.S.A.) 011 353 41 9834078
Rossin, Slane & District Anglers Club: Secretary, Brian Herithy – 041 9842472.
Broadbridge Angling Club: Permits are available from
Hayes Post Office, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9024187 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9024187
Hayestown Angling Club: Secretary, Sean Monaghan, Kentstown, Navan, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9025179 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9925179
Navan & District Anglers Association: Secretary, Mr. Pat Kearns, 59 Oakleigh, Old Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Tel: mobile +353 85 1105743 email:

Fishing Tip: Use a small nymph under the dry fly when brown trout fishing, if the trout are rising short.

Permits: Permits for the above angling association waters are available from:
The Secretaries of the above named Angling Associations and local tackle dealers.

Guide Services:

Pat Kearns, 59 Oakleigh, Old Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Tel: mobile +353 85 1105743 email:

Seamus Lenihan, Clonardon, Garlow Cross, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 90 25787 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9025787



The Boyne Valley Hotel, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 41 9837737 (U.S.A.) 011 353 41 983773

The Newgrange Hotel, Bridge Street, Navan, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9074100 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9074100 email:

The Neptune Beach Hotel, Bettystown, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 41 9827107 (U.S.A.) 011 353 41 9827107 email:

Bed and Breakfast:

Roughgrange Farm B&B, Staleen, Donore, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 41 9823147. (U.S.A.) 011 353 41 9823147 

Rossnaree House B&B, Rossnaree, Slane, Co. Meath Ireland
Tel: Europe 00 353 41 9820975. U.S.A. 011 353 41 9820975 email:

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