The Dee and Glyde Fishing Development Association was setup over 60 years ago in attempt to preserve and develop the rivers Dee and Glyde in the North East of Ireland in Co. Louth. Our Ethos has been to protect , enhance and develop the quality of the waters of both rivers, to preserve and protect the fish stocks therein and to encourage and teach the younger generations about sustainable fisheries management.
The Association is mid-Louth based and situated in the north east of Ireland approx 30 mins from Dublin Airport. with the New M1 Motorway the rivers can easily be reached and parking is available in a number of locations. Contact a member of the Committee if you need more information such as day tickets, membership, and the byelaws in force on the rivers.
In the Late 1940's both Rivers formed part of the pilot programme and vast amounts of each river had their main channels drained. under the Arterial Drainage Scheme (1945) which was designed to improve the quality of Agricultural Land, and to to increase their discharge-carrying capacity, thereby, affecting not only the basins' response to rainfall but also their peak discharge return period relation.
Unfortunately as with many pilot programs carried out, much of the natural river gravel was removed and with the widening and deepening of the channels caused erosion along the banks during floods and the build up of silt in many areas. Thereafter when channels were widened and deepened, rocks and gravel were installed to reduce the erosion risk and recreate many of the spawning beds that were removed during the works.
The Dee and Glyde however were not subject to this remedial work and the Association has been working yearly to restore many of the areas that were devastated by the drainage scheme. Many Projects have been undertaken including access projects, bridges, stiles, cleaning of the river etc. But the work continues and with the enormous assistance of the IFI and the Office of Public Works the Association has been able to realise alot of it's plans. But we're not finished yet by any means, caring for any natural resource takes time and although we've come along way we still have far to go.