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The River Dee

Angling Byelaw 936, 2015 This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law, and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 930, 2014.

Angling Bye-Law No. 936 of 2015.pdf


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

Best Brown Trout Flies

Dry flies

Klinkhammer, Mosley Mayfly, Spent Gnat, Devaux Sedge, Blue Winged Olive, Black Gnat, Sherry Spinner.

Wet Flies

Wickham’s Fancy, Hares Ear, GRHE nymph, Assorted goldheads, stickfly, black & silver spider.

Permits: Dee and Glyde Fishing Development Association. Secretary: Frank Leonard, Website

Local tackle dealers:


Louth tackle shops

Dublin tackle shops

Meath tackle shops

Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus,
Dublin 24.
Tel: +353 1 2787022
Fax: +353 1 2787025


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