THE RIVERSTOWN RIVER rises near the village of Cloghan Co. Westmeath and flows in an easterly direction for ten miles before joining with the River Deel 1 mile downstream from the village of Raharney. Since the completion of the drainage scheme this river has re-established its stocks of wild brown trout. It is a difficult river to fish, with high overgrown banks and poor access but the rewards can be justified for the angler who is willing to brave these obstacles. The Riverstown River holds stocks of fish up to 1¾1bs and fishing is controlled by the Deel and Boyne Angling Association. The best fishing is to be had by wading and chest waders are essential. There are good stretches from Thomastown Bridge to Stonestown Bridge. The stretch from Ballyhaw Bridge to the Deel confluence has now been turned into a sanctuary area and this will hopefully ensure better stocks in future years. Parking and access are located close to the road bridges. The best of the fishing on this river is from May to September.
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.
Location: Co. Westmeath. The main towns and villages along this river are Rathwire, Killucan, and Raharney.
Season: Fishing on the Riverstown is from March 1st to September 30th.
Fish Species: The Riverstown River is a brown trout fishery.
Methods: Dry fly only. Ballyhaw Bridge to the confluence with the Deel is now a sanctuary area.
Best Flies: Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Grey Flag, Assorted Olives and Sedges.
Angling Club: This water is controlled by the Deel and Boyne Angling Association, which supports a policy of catch and release.
Fishing Tip: Use a short rod to avoid overgrowth on this river.
Permits: Permits for this river are available from:
Paddy Connaughton, Secretary, Deel and Boyne Anglers Association. Tel: 00 353 44 74595.
The Marketing Angling Co-ordinator E.R.F.B.,
Tel & Fax: Europe 00 353 87 2746127. USA 011 353 87 2746127