The River Dee
Bye-law 897 of 2012 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 waters specified and revokes both Angling Bye-law No. 888, 2011 and Eastern Fisheries Region (Angling) Bye-law No. 824, 2007. The list of waters this bye law applies to is available at the following link: ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 897, 2012 [.pdf, 19 KB]
Brown Trout: 1st March – 30th September.
Co. Louth, Meath and Co. Cavan. The main towns and villages are Annagassan, Ardee, Nobber and Kilmainhamwood.
The River Dee rises near Bailieboro in Co. Cavan and flows in a north-easterly direction for over 30 miles (48 kilometres) before entering the Irish Sea at the picturesque village of Annagassan, Co Louth. The River Dee 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. (Please click here to view the current regulations relating to salmon and sea trout fishing on this river). The River Dee has good hatches of mayfly (E.danica) as well as olives, and sedges. The black gnat and reed smut are important food sources for the native wild brown trout. Fishing on the River Dee is controlled by angling associations and private fishery owners. Before fishing anglers must obtain the appropriate permission from clubs and fishery owners and fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations of the association.
The River Dee is slow flowing Whitewood Lake in its upper reaches to the village of Nobber. The middle reaches from Nobber to Garvey Bridge are fast flowing with nice pool and riffle areas. Downstream of Garvey Bridge there are sections of deep slow water and from Ardee to the sea, the river has runs and riffles that are interspersed with deep pools. This provides an ideal habitat for salmon, sea trout and wild brown 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. Fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations as set out by the Association.
The Dee and Glyde Development Association website www.deeandglyde.com/
Permits for the Rivers Dee, Fane, Glyde and Castletown cost €15 per person per day. A day permit for the River Fane costs €20 per person per day from 1st – 12th October. (Please note: prices quoted are set by angling associations and are reviewed annually. Permit prices may be subject to change.)
Best Brown Trout Flies
Klinkhammer, Mosley Mayfly, Spent Gnat, Devaux Sedge, Blue Winged Olive, Black Gnat, Sherry Spinner.
Wickham’s Fancy, Hares Ear, GRHE nymph, Assorted goldheads, stickfly, black & silver spider.
Local Tackle Dealers:
Island Fishing Tackle, 58 Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Tel: 042 9386464. (Salmon licences and permits for the Rivers Dee, Glyde, Fane and Castletown may be purchased here.)
Hugh 0`Neill Sports, Castle Street, Ardee, Co. Louth, Tel: 041 6853268. (Salmon licences and permits for the Dee and Glyde Development Association waters may be purchased here.)
Drogheda Angling Centre, The Fairgreen, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: 041 9845442 (Salmon licences and day permits for the Drogheda and District Anglers and Slane and Rossin District Anglers waters on the River Boyne may be purchased here.)
Weldon Brothers, Spiddal, Nobber, Co. Meath, Tel: 046 9052105 (Day permits may be purchased here for the Nobber Angling Club waters on the River Dee.)
Further Assistance and Additional Information
Inland Fisheries Ireland, 15a Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Tel: 01 2787022. (Salmon licences may be purchased from the ERFB HQ at the above address or may be purchased online at Buy your salmon licence online )