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    Trout Fishing on the River Dee

    Fishing on the River Dee, Ireland

    The River Dee rises near Bailieboro in Co. Cavan and flows in a north-easterly direction for over 30 miles (48 kilometres). It then enters 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 and the salmon and sea trout regulations.

    The River Dee is slow flowing from 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 and the current salmon and sea trout angling regulations. Further information is available on the Dee and Glyde Development Association website www.deeandglyde.com/ and Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/DeeandGlyde/ 


    Co. Louth, Meath and Co. Cavan. The main towns and villages are Annagassan, Ardee, Nobber and Kilmainhamwood.


    Please note: The normal season refers to the the seasons opening and closing dates prior to the introduction of the salmon and sea trout regulations. Opening times may and do differ from the normal times due to these regulations. In addition the clubs opening dates may differ from the normal opening dates. Please ensure that you check these out before fishing.

    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.
    Fishing permits 

    Dee and Glyde Fishing Development Association. Secretary: Colm Sheeran, Website www.deeandglyde.com

    Please note

    Angling Bye-law No. 982 of 2020 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single or double barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish downstream of Cappogue Bridge.

    Local tackle dealers
    Other trout fishing waters in this area
    Further information

    Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus,
    Dublin 24.
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: +353 1 8842693
    Fax: +353 1 2787025