Sunday March 22nd saw the Navan Anglers report their first Boyne system salmon of 2020; this lovely 8lbs spring fish was taken on an orange tube fly yesterday afternoon just outside Navan town. Joe Early was the captor and the fish was speedily unhooked and released after a quick photograph. Joe was fishing in the company of Simon Cassidy – who could have claimed the Christy O’Callaghan perpetual cup for the first fish of the season himself if he could have only held onto the fish he hooked and lost twenty minutes beforehand. Better luck next year Simon….

If you are housebound and in need of something to entertain you for a while, you can watch all the action here (although we recommend parental guidance as the language associated with losing the first spring salmon of the year can be described as ‘unparliamentary’ at best!!)

Joe will claim the Christy O’Callaghan perpetual cup for 2020, the cup is awarded to the captor of the first salmon of the year on Navan Anglers waters.

(l-r) Pat O’Toole (captor of the first fish in 2019), Neil Duggan (Competition Secretary) and Joe Early with the Christy O’Callaghan perpetual cup. The anglers briefly broke social distancing guidelines to fit in the photo frame

Remember to keep a rod length apart from other anglers and members of the public if you are planning on going fishing in the next number of weeks. Try to minimise contact with objects that others need to touch (such as gates and stiles) and use disinfectant hand wash before and after touching those objects yourself.


Go fishing…

The River Boyne is Catch and Release for 2020.

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 has a good run of salmon and sea trout in summer and early autumn. The majority of salmon fishing in this area is controlled by angling associations with some being maintained by private fishery owners.

Angling Clubs

The following angling clubs control much of the salmon fishing on the River Boyne:

Drogheda & District Anglers Club:

  • Secretary, John Murphy
  • 39 Anneville Crescent, Drogheda Co. Louth.
  • Tel: +353 86 3413350

Rossin, Slane & District Anglers Club:

Navan & District Anglers Association:


Permits and day memberships for the above angling association waters are available from the secretaries of the above named Angling Associations and the following local tackle dealers.

Navan & District Anglers Association

  • Clarks Sports Den,
    Trimgate Street, Navan, Co.Meath.
    Tel: +353 46 9021130
  • Anglers World,
    Balmoral Industrial Est, Navan.
    Tel: +353 46 9071866

Rossin, Slane & District Anglers Club

  • Top Gun Sports,
    50 Magdalene Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
    Tel: +35341 9842225. Email: [email protected]

Guide Services

Hotel Accommodation

The Boyne Valley Hotel, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.
Tel: +353 41 9837737

The Newgrange Hotel, Bridge Street, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 46 9074100  email: [email protected]

Bed and Breakfast

Roughgrange Farm B&B, Staleen, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 41 9823147 [email protected]

Rossnaree House B&B, Rossnaree, Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 41 9820975 email: [email protected]