The Slaney River Trust reports on the river’s opening day and early catches…

River Slaney opened on St Patrick’s Day again this year. Anglers were greeted with ideal water conditions and a beautiful still spring day. Fishermen were out in force along the river and from reports it seems that Andrew Kelly was the first to connect with a 2016 Springer landing a beautiful 10 pounder off the Kildavin stretch taken on a Snaelda.

Andrew Kelly got the first fish of the season at Kildavin

Others soon followed. Margaret Downes fishing at Clohamon hooked a fish within the first 20 minutes but this one managed to avoid the net after a 5 minute battle. Up at Ganly’s Peter Wilson also hooked and lost a fish before John Carroll landed a fish on the same beat. Up on the Tullow stretch Tony Quigley landed a 9 pounder and another fish was taken at Kilbride. In the afternoon Bill Connolly landed this small but fresh fish at Clohamon soon followed by Margaret Downs who had her second chance, this time landing a fresh 8 pounder. Michael McMenamin, well known tackle dealer from Belfast, was rewarded for his persistence by landing an 8 pounder and then losing another fish just before dark.

The general feeling after opening day is that there are small numbers of fish spread throughout the system. There seems to have been more fish caught above rather than below Clohamon. This is probably due to the high water levels over the past few months. There were reports of 2 or 3 fish hooked on the lower stretches but none landed. While water levels are currently good a fresh drop of water could well improve things over the coming weeks and with Spring tides building, the Easter break could be the time to be out on the river. Large flies on intermediate or sinking lines will work best until the water temperature rises.

Anglers are reminded that fishing is strictly on a catch and release basis only. Anglers are only permitted to fish with the fly from Enniscorthy bridge up. Below the bridge Prawn and Spinning are allowed. Worms are not permitted.

Tight lines to all fishermen and for those who have any reports or photos, positive or otherwise, please feel free to email them to [email protected] to be included in future reports.

Changed contact details for Beats

Please note changed contact details for Moyadie, Monfin, Glass Door and upper Ballycarney beats on the fishing availability page; Contact Francis Fanning of Fanning Land & Property Services  on 086 2650670 or 053 9422601.

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Anglers interested in obtaining fishing can enquire from the following:

  • Clohamon Fishery
    Contact David Dobbs tel 0879673111
  • Enniscorthy Anglers
    Contact Danny’s Angling and Outdoors, St Senans Rd, Enniscorthy.  Tel: 087 9005991.
  • Solsboro Fishing Association
    Contact Bernard Cash (daytime only) Tel 087 9225536 .
  • Tullow Salmon and Trout Anglers Association
    Contact Tom Dawson 087-9940877
  • Moyadie, Monfin, Glass Door and upper Ballycarney beats
    Contact Francis Fanning of Fanning Land & Property Services on 086 2650670 or 053 9422601.

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