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Flyfishing in the Boyne Valley. Salmon and trout fishing.

The Boyne River (Navan to Longwood)

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THE RIVER BOYNE and its tributaries comprise nearly 330 miles of river channel which drain an area of approximately 1,000 sq. miles. This river is one of the countries premium wild brown trout angling waters offering superb fishing to the visiting angler. 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 from Longwood to Navan is generally deep and slow flowing but holds extensive stocks of wild brown trout. The majority of fishing in this area is controlled by Angling Associations with some being maintained by private fishery owners. 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 and 6lbs are taken annually. The Boyne has all the fly hatches associated with a limestone river. The hawthorn fly is important early in the year however the most prolific hatches include olives and sedges. There can also be good hatches of the mayfly Ephemera danica.


There are a number of popular fishing locations downstream from Longwood and these are located at Donore, Inchamore Bridge, Muchwood and Scarriff Bridge. There is also good trout fishing in the Trim area at Newtown and Tribley. Fishing can be good early in the season depending on weather and water conditions but the best of the fishing is from mid May to mid September. Fishing generally takes place from March to September but most Angling Associations have different opening and closing dates. Anglers should enquire locally before fishing. Anglers wishing to fish for wild brown trout on the river Boyne must have the necessary permission and permit from the local Angling Association before fishing.


Location: Counties, Kildare, Offaly, Meath and Louth. The main towns and villages along this river are Drogheda, Donore, Slane, Navan, Trim, Longwood and Edenderry.

Season: The season on the Boyne generally runs from March to September but exact dates and local variations can be checked with the Association Secretaries listed below.

Fish Species: The River Boyne is a brown trout fishery.

Methods: Fly fishing, dry fly, wet fly and nymph fishing are all successful.

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 Boyne (the main channel) and Kells Blackwater (downstream of the Nine Eyed Bridge).

Best Flies: Dry Flies: Grey Flag, Black Gnat, Spent Gnat, Grey Duster Klinkhammer.

Wet Flies: Wickhams Fancy, Black Pennell, Mallard and Claret.

Nymphs: Assorted Nymphs.

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

Trim, Athboy & District Angling Association: Secretary, Gerry Lee, Loman Street, Trim, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9431487 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9431487
Deel & Boyne Angling Association: Secretary, Paddy Connaughton
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 44 74595 (U.S.A.) 011 353 44 74595
Longwood Anglers Association: Secretary, David Gorman, Secretary, Clonuff, Broadford, Co Kildare 087 8327104

Edenderry and Castlejordan Anglers Association: Secretary, Mr. Joe Enright, 37 Fr. Paul Murphy Street, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

Fishing Tip: Fish the faster water and glides by day and leave the deep flats until dusk.

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:

Marc O'Regan, Crannmor , Dunderry Road, Trim, Co. Meath. Tel:(Europe) 00 353 46 9431635.

(U.S.A) 011 353 46 9431635 email:
Pat Murphy, Hill of Ward, Athboy, Co. Meath. Tel: (Europe) 00 353 9432343 (U.S.A) 011 353 9432343.
Tom Conlon, Addistown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath. Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9430112. (U.S.A) 011 46 9430112



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

The Castle Arch Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9431516, (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 94 email:


Guest House:

Teach Tailteann(Teltown House), Navan Road, Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Tel: 046 9023239

Brogans Guesthouse, High Street, Trim, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9431237.(U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9431237 email:

Bed and Breakfast:


Crannmor B&B, Dunderry Road, Trim, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9431635. (U.S.A) 011 353 46 9431635 email:

Highfield House B&B, Maudlins Road, Trim, Co. Meath.
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9436386. (U.S.A) 011 353 46 9436386. email:

Tigh Cathain, Country House, Longwood Road, Trim, Co. Meath
Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9431996, (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9431996 email:

Self Catering:

Kiltale House and Cottage, Kiltale, Dunsany, Co. Meath.
Tel & Fax: (Europe) 00 353 46 9436679 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 94 36679. email:

Beechwood Lodge, Holiday Homes, Trim, Co. Meath.
Tel & Fax: (Europe) 00 353 46 94 36926 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 94 36926.

Clonleason Gate Lodge, Fordstown, Navan, Co Meath, Ireland
Tel: (Europe) 00 35346 94 34111 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 94 3411, Fax: (Europe) 00 353 46 94 34 134
(U.S.A.) 011 46 94 34 134 email:

The Angling Marketing Co-ordinator E.R.F.B., 

Tel & Fax: Europe: 00 353 87 2746127 U.S.A. 011 353 87 2746127.


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