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The Slaney

The Slaney flows from Lugnaquilla Mountain west and then 73 miles south through Baltinglass, Rathvilly, Tullow, Bunclody, Enniscorthy and finally Wexford discharging into a 12 mile long narrow estuary.

The river supports a wide range of wildlife and was until the early 1960s one of the most important spring salmon fisheries in Ireland.

Click here for a more detailed description of the catchment area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cam

River Cam Live

The live river cam shows the condition and depth of the water downstream from Bunclody. The pictures are updated every 5 minutes. The River Cam page has snapshots going back to midday the previous Sunday.

News

See more articles on our 'News & Info' page.

  • FISH TRAPPED AT CLOHAMON TAILRACE YET AGAIN

    Over 200 salmon and over 2,000 sea trout have been removed by Inland Fisheries Ireland from the Mill Race at Clohamon during a rescue operation carried out on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July. Significant numbers of fish were trapped as a result of breaching the screen (click here for image) at the end of the tailrace. As in previous years, it appeared to be damaged allowing large fish to enter the tailrace in addition to huge numbers of sea trout. It is also clear that many fish trapped would have entered regardless of any damage to the screen. This incident reconfirms what most of us already know, that the Hydroelctric operation and associated Tailrace at Clohamon is an environmental disaster for migratory fish on the river Slaney. This latest incident has highlighted the importance of finding a sustainable solution in preventing fish entering the tailrace. The Slaney River Trust have been constantly emphasising how vital it is that a solution is found. The Slaney River Trust have a meeting scheduled with IFI next week.

  • Poacher Charged for Killing Slaney Salmon

    An illegal fisherman who who caught and killed a salmon while trespassing on the river Slaney has been charged €600 (in addition to costs). The case was brought by Inland Fisheries Ireland.  Click here for more details.

  • Fishing Report 30 May 2016

    Fishing in May continued in the same pattern as March and April with small numbers of fish making a dash for the upper reaches. Some of these were intercepted by those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time but fishing has been patchy. Most beats have had fish and some anglers have had up to 3 fish in a day. This warm dry weather could well put an end to the Spring fishing for 2016 and the hope now is that the sea trout arrive. The first trout usually run at the start of June with the peak usually being the last week in June and the first week of July. There is also the hope of a summer run of grilse and salmon, which could materialise, as it did in 2012 when the main run of fish was very late, providing excellent sport in July.

  • Workshop: The Role and Formation of River Trusts in Ireland

    In conjunction with the Irish International Fly Fair, the Dibney River Conservation Trust and the Atlantic Salmon Trust invite you to attend this important workshop.

    Attendance is free but places are limited and you must book a place online
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-formation-of-river-trusts-in-ireland-tickets-25473938235

    Date: Friday, 1st July 2016
    Location: Killyleagh Community Centre, Killyleagh, Co Down,
    Time: 09.30 to 16.00

    Objectives of the Workshop:

    • To bring together the existing River Trusts in Ireland and those planning on forming Trusts, to share experiences and advice.

     

Events and Notices

  • FISH TRAPPED AT CLOHAMON TAILRACE YET AGAIN

    Over 200 salmon and over 2,000 sea trout have been removed by Inland Fisheries Ireland from the Mill Race at Clohamon during a rescue operation carried out on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July. Significant numbers of fish were trapped as a result of breaching the screen (click here for image) at the end of the tailrace. As in previous years, it appeared to be damaged allowing large fish to enter the tailrace in addition to huge numbers of sea trout. It is also clear that many fish trapped would have entered regardless of any damage to the screen. This incident reconfirms what most of us already know, that the Hydroelctric operation and associated Tailrace at Clohamon is an environmental disaster for migratory fish on the river Slaney. This latest incident has highlighted the importance of finding a sustainable solution in preventing fish entering the tailrace. The Slaney River Trust have been constantly emphasising how vital it is that a solution is found. The Slaney River Trust have a meeting scheduled with IFI next week.

  • Annual Membership Subscription Appeal 2016

    For all those yet to renew or join Slaney Rodfishers Association we appeal that you do so, particularly if you fish the river on a regular basis, avail of the superb webcam facility and read the fishing reports. Your financial support is essential.

    The subscription amount is unchanged at €35. It includes Public and Personal Accident insurance cover as in previous years. Payment can be made by posting a cheque to Thomas Mernagh, Ballybawn Lane, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford made payable to Slaney Rodfishers Association or via our PayPal facility.

    On receipt of payment you will be automatically insured. You will find details of your cover on our website under the membership section.

  • AGM Notice – Friday 17th June 2016

    The Slaney River Trust and Slaney Rodfishers Asscoiation will hold their AGM on Friday 17th June at Redmonds Bar & Lounge, Bunclody. An Agenda will be available on the website together with a set of the annual accounts well in advance. We plan to offer an evenings seatrout fishing immediately following the meeting for anyone in attendance. If you would like to do this please email treasurer@slaneyrivertrust.ie to confirm.

  • Fishing Report 12 April 2016

    Fishing has continued in a similar pattern to March with steady sport along the river but with the main run yet to arrive. Fish are well spread throughout the system but in small numbers. Some of the lower beats are now off the mark and with perfect water levels for many beats anglers are hopeful of an improvement over the coming weeks as tides start to build again.

    Thank you to those who sent in some photos. The star one coming from Kieran Conlon who landed this cracker, a beautiful 12 pounder at The Glass Door on the 31 st March. Other fish were reported over Easter which I missed in my previous report, one by Steven Orr at Clobemon. April has been slow but nevertheless some superb fish have landed. Petesy McCaughey landed this 10 pounder at Ballycarney on a Sunray Shadow and Peter Wadding fishing at Tullow, had this sparkling 9 pounder, also taken on a Sunray. This was Peters first Spring salmon and first on the fly (which he tied himself) so a big congratulations to him. Other fish reported so far in April include Paddy Varian who had the largest fish reported to date, a 16 pounder off Skrine’s while on the opposite bank at Moyeady, a 12 pounder  was reported.  The usual suspects who regularly feature in these reports had fish including Brian Hennessy who got Tombrick off the mark for 2016 with a fresh sea liced 7 pounder and then on the same beat Mossy Brown had a small fish yesterday off the same beat. Rory Harkin had a fish on The Wood and lost another. John Carroll had his first fish of the season at Strahart. Pat Donegan had this fish at Kilbride, Kevin Clayton had another fish at Clohamon while Ray O’Dwyer also landed his first ever Springer at Clohamon. Andy Kelly was in action again landing a fine 13 pounder this morning. We have heard of other fish caught above Bunclody but no firm reports.

    We had another visitor on the river last week which is concerning, this seal was pictured at Clohamon, probably following the fish up in the high water, quite alarming. It is a first, as far as we are aware, of a seal swimming this far up the river.

    Thanks again to those who sent in photos and reported fish, we look forward to more throughout the season. Tight lines.

  • Opening Day Report

    The 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 this beautiful 10 pounder off the Kildavin stretch taken on a Snaelda. 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 treasurer@slaneyrivertrust.ie to be included in future reports.