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The Enfield Blackwater River


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THE ENFIELD BLACKWATER rises north of Prosperous village in Co. Kildare and flows in a north westerly direction for (24.5 km) 16 miles past Johnstown Bridge and Longwood, before entering the River Boyne immediately below Inchamore Bridge. As with many of the tributaries of the Boyne this river has high banks in places but it has many fishable areas. This river has a good stock of wild brown trout ranging from ½lb to 1½lbs in weight. Longwood Angling Association controls fishing from Johnstown Bridge downstream and there is good fishing to its confluence with the Boyne.

Location: Co. Kildare and Co. Meath. The main towns and villages in the area are Johnstown Bridge, Enfield and Longwood.

Season: Fishing on this river takes place from March 1st to September 30th.

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

Fish Species: The Enfield Blackwater is a brown trout fishery.

Best Flies: Dry Flies: Grey Duster, Hares Ear, Grey Flag, Pheasant Tail, Assorted Sedges.

Wet Flies: Greenwells Glory, Wichams Fancy and Olive Quill.

 Nymphs: Assorted Nymphs.

Angling Club: The Longwood Angling Association which supports a policy of catch and release controls the fishing from Johnstown Bridge downstream to the confluence with the Boyne.

Fishing Tip: Use a tapered leader for better dry fly presentation.

Permits: Permits for this river are available from:

Mr. Richard Kelly, Secretary, Longwood Angling Association, Carronstown, Ballivor, Co. Meath.
Tel: 00 353 46 9546119 .
The Post Office, Longwood, Enfield, Co. Meath.
Tel: 00 353 46 9555012
The Marketing Angling Co-ordinator E.R.F.B,
Tel & Fax: 00 353 87 2746127

Guide Services: Pat Murphy, Hill of Ward, Athboy, Co. Meath. Tel: (Europe) 00 353 46 9432343 (U.S.A.) 011 353 46 9432343


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