The Boyne is among Irelands top wild brown trout fisheries. It contains a very good stock of wild brown trout ranging in size from 5ozs to 5lbs. The average size of trout is however around three quarters of a pound but fish from 1lb to 1.5lb are not uncommon. Larger fish fro 2 to 5 lbs can be taken but it requires a lot of time patience and a very stealthy approach to catch on of these wily fish. The Boyne has all the fly hatches associated with a limestone river. The most prolific hatches include olives and sedges and there can also be good hatches of the mayfly Ephemera danica. There are a number of popular fishing locations in the Navan area and these are located at Kilcarn, Blackcastle and Dunmoe. There is also good trout fishing in the Stackallen area and downstream of Slane at the Scabby Arch, Crewbawn, Johnsons, Rossnaree and Staleen. Fishing can be good all year round depending on weather and water conditions but the best of the fishing is from mid May to mid September. Some of these areas can weed up in summer but there is still a lot of accessible water. Anglers wishing to fish for wild brown trout on the river Boyne must have the necessary permission and permit from the local Angling Association. Please note that trout fishing is also subject to the salmon and sea trout fishing regulations that are renewed annually and the rules and regulations of the angling associations.
- It is prohibited to use any fish hooks, other than single or double barbless hooks
- It is prohibited to use worms as bait in angling for all species of fish
Angling Clubs: The following angling clubs control waters on the River Boyne.
Drogheda & District Anglers Club:
Contact: Secretary, John Murphy
Address: 39 Anville Cresent, Drogheda Co. Louth.
Telephone: +353 86 3413350
Hayestown Angling Club:
Contact: Secretary, Sean Monaghan,
Address: Kentstown, Navan, Co. Meath.
Telephone: +353 46 9025179
Use a small nymph under the dry fly when brown trout fishing, if the trout are rising short.
Permits: 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.
Rossin, Slane & District Anglers Club and Drogheda & Distict Anglers Club
Top Gun Sports
Address: 50 Magdalene Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Telephone: +353 41 9842225.
Navan & District Anglers Association
Contact: Clarks Sports Den,
Address: Trimgate Street, Navan, Co.Meath.
Telephone: +353 46 9021130
Contact: Anglers World
Address: Balmoral Industrial Est, Navan.
Telephone: +353 46 9071866
Map of River Boyne (Oldbridge to Navan)