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The River Boyne

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The Central Fisheries Board, Unit 4, Swords Business Campus, Balheary Road, Swords, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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The River Boyne rises near Carbury, County Kildare and flows northeast through County Meath, where it enters the Irish Sea right between County Meath and County Louth. The river and its tributaries hold extensive stock of wild brown trout.

The River Boyne and its tributaries comprise approximately 330 miles of river channel and drain an area of 1.040 sq miles. This river is one of the countries premium brown trout angling waters offering superb fishing to the visiting angler. Rising near Newberry Hall, County Kildare, the Boyne meanders its way in a north-easterly direction for 70 miles through counties, Offaly, Meath and Louth before entering the Irish Sea below Drogheda, between the town lands Mornington and Baltray.

A majority of this angling in the River Boyne is controlled by Angling Association, with some being maintained by private fishery owners. Anglers wishing to fish for brown trout on an Angling Associations water must obtain a permit from that association and fishing methods must be in accordance with the current rules and regulation of the association. Most associations support a policy of catch and release.

The Boyne holds extensive stocks of wild brown trout and has good stocks of trout from 2-5lbs with occasional fish to 6lbs. The average weight is ¾lb. The Boyne has all the fly hatches associated with a limestone river with the most prolific being sedges and olives.

There are also some hatches of the mayfly Ephemera danica. Fishing on the River Boyne is controlled by angling clubs and private fishery owners and permits for visiting anglers have been made available at the following centres, Drogheda, Navan, Trim, Longwood and Edenderry.