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Trim Athboy District

Watch the video of the rehabilitation works on the Trimblestown. 

YouTube Video

************Update July 2014**************
Finally works commenced on the Trimblestown River, having successfully applied for grant support from the Salmon Conservation Fund.

The river and adjacent ground is in ideal condition for the works, with trucks able to drive down to the river bank with boulders and gravel.  

Here our Secretary, Pat O'Toole (left) examines the work in progress with our Vice President and past secretary, Gerry Lee.

Joe O'Donnell, Paul French & Derrie Leonard.

More shots of the works can be viewed in our Gallery section

Meanwhile, the OPW are forging ahead with the main channel developments.  They are hopeful if the weather continues to hold up to have the stretch finished down as far as Trim.

Here are some shots taken end of June at the Mill:-

OPW The Mill 2014

************Update March 2013**************
The committee decided to make an application for grant support from the Salmon Conservation Trust, which is managed by IFI in respect of our rehabilitation project for the Trimblestown River.   The deadline was 15th March which meant we had a full on schedule to get all the information and applications made in time.  So we wait to hear the results of our efforts and will update here in due course.  If we are successful  we will undertake part of the plan prepared by Dr Martin O'Grady for the lower part of the Trimblestown at Kilnagross.

The river looks to be in excellent condition - taken here last Saturday morning 16th March in splendid sunshine.

Meanwhile we had some final pre-season work to do, here we are re installing a bridge at Higginsbrook House.

*************Update February 2013**********
The OPW managed to start some work on the Boyne downstream from the Mill last year, despite the adverse weather and high water conditions.
Here are some photos taken earlier this year of the work about 1 mile downstream from the Mill.

************Update August 2011**********

The O.P.W. , over the next two years, are proposing to carryout a flood relief scheme on reaches of the River Boyne. The club committee has been in communication with the OPW and recently met with Martin O'Grady and his team from IFI to discuss proposed works to the Boyne upstream of the Mill, near Trim.  Essentially this will involve the movement of the existing mid-channel berm.  Work is proposed to commence in August and we have been assured that rehabilitation works will take place concurrently.   The plan is available for inspection here (see attachments at bottom of this page)  which may be changed slightly arising from consultations with our club.

************Update September 2010**********

During 2010, we took scale sample from trout caught at our competitions for analysis.  Prof. Ken Whelan gave us this report which suggests that the trout sizes are on par with other fisheries.

 **********UPDATE - April 2010***************

We have received a detailed plan for the Trimblestown River from Dr Martin O'Grady of the Central Fisheries Board which will be reviewed at next month committee meeting.  Read below for more background..........

On the 14th May 2009 the committee members of Trim/Athboy District Angling Association met with Dr Martin O Grady, Francis Carolan & Robert Bergin  of the fisheries board at Knightsbrook Hotel.  The topic of discussion was the benefits of a stocking & enhancement program for the river and its tributaries. 

We were given a twenty minute detailed presentation regarding a comprehensive enhancement program, following which, we were given the opportunity to have a full discussion of the logistics of such an undertaking with the experts present.  We were advised that a stocking program in our area would be a waste of club money & an enhancement program of one of our tributaries would be more beneficial and more cost effective in our waters.  At the June committee monthly meeting, a draft Development Plan was adopted and can be viewed here. Further input and suggestions are welcomed.                                                                                                                                          

Following this meeting, we met with the CFB, OPW and Eastern Fishery board officers on 10th March 2010 on the Tremblestown to evaluate the opportunities for rehabilitation on the river.   Arising from this Dr Martin O'Grady will produce a plan which will need to be approved by the OPW and various local authorities.  We are hopeful that we can commence some development works in July, water conditions depending.  We understand that there is considerable potential to recreate pools and runs in the river which will benefit the habitat for larger trout as well as increasing salmon beds for spawning.  In conjunction with the new sewage treatment works in Athboy coming on stream and this rehabilitation plan, we should expect significant improvement to this fishery within two years.....an exciting prospect.

Furthermore, we understand that the CFB will be conducting a fish survey of the Boyne, down as far as Trim this summer, the results of which will be publicly available. 


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Our fishery, which includes the Trimblestown river,  runs on the Boyne from Scarriff Bridge down past Trim as far as Rathnally, where it joins up with the Bective waters.  Most of the club waters are accessible thanks to the generosity of riparian owners and farmers.  Access has improved greatly over the years with the introduction of top quality galvanized iron styles so no excuse for overfishing the same old spots with such excellent accessible to the entire club waters.  
New style erected April 2009
Ongoing maintenance is required to maintain access.  Some pre-season clean up activity has opened up further fishing possibilities above Derrinadaly Bridge.

Our fishery is widely renowned for its habitat and calibre of fish stocks.  Some specimen fish have been recored, most notably one caught by Paul McManus of 6lbs

Paul French,
10 Aug 2011, 08:37