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.


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  • Draft Proposals for 2018

    This update from the SRT board is in relation to the draft proposals by Inland Fisheries to open the River Slaney to salmon fishing on a catch and release basis from the 12th May next year. While we welcome the fact that the river will be open we feel the opening date proposed is illogical and misguided.

    To view our objection click here: the draft proposals. 

    This objection very simply states why the proposed opening date is unacceptable, given the fiasco that took place last season when legitimate anglers were removed from the banks and were replaced by large numbers of poachers who killed significant numbers of salmon.

    Over the past 12 months we have fought hard to represent your views at the highest level. We have had four high level meetings with Ministers Kyne and Kehoe at Leinster House, one of which was attended by IFI’s CEO Dr. Ciaran Byrne. The two items we have been fighting hard for relate firstly, to the opening of the Slaney to salmon fishing in 2018 (opening on March 17th) and, secondly, to end the trapping of salmon and sea trout at the Clohamon tailrace. We continue to address these issues and will be dealing directly with the Ministers and Dr Ciaran Byrne over the coming weeks. We have not given up hope of influencing critical decisions which will be made prior to the end of this year.

    In relation to next season and the draft proposals, the Department has again offered a 30 day public consultation period. This gives us an opportunity to submit observations/objections to the proposed regulations. If you would like your voice to be heard, it is essential you object as soon as possible.

    Any person may submit observations/objections to the draft regulations at any time during the period of 30 days concluding on 14th December 2017, either to the address below or by e-mail to inland.fisheries@dccae.gov.ie. All submissions received will be published on the Department’s website following the conclusion of the consultation period.

    Inland Fisheries Division
    Department of Communications,
    Climate Action and Environment,
    Elm House,
    Earlsvale Road,
    Cavan Town,
    H12 A8H7.

    Thank you for your support and communication this year. We can assure you that we share your frustration and dismay in relation to what took place last season and are equally concerned it will continue in 2018. Let’s hope that together we can influence change.


  • Poaching Out of Control

    A trout fishermen presence is required on the river as the poaching and killing of salmon is wide spread and out of control along the river. This is despite the best efforts of IFI. Please report all incidences with a date and location to IFI and copied to secretary@slaneyrivertrust.ie.

    How to contact Inland Fisheries Ireland

    For general enquiries call 01 8842600 or email info@fisheriesireland.ie

    To report pollution or poaching 24 hours a day phone 1890 34 74 24


  • SRT Objection to Proposed Closure – 3rd December 2016

    Please click here to view the Slaney River Trust’s objection to the proposed closure of the River Slaney to salmon fishing in 2017.

  • Department Response to Submissions – 24th Jan 17

    The Department sent a generic response to all those who submitted an objection to the proposed closure of the River Slaney to salmon fishing in 2017. Click here to view the letter.

  • Chairman’s Report

    Please click here for this years Chairman’s Letter. We hope to see you at the AGM (Details Below).

Events and Notices

  • Chairman’s Report

    Please click here for this years Chairman’s Letter. We hope to see you at the AGM (Details Below).

  • 2017 AGM Notice

    As previously notified, the AGM will be held on Friday, 24th February at 7.00 pm in Redmond’s, Bunclody. All are welcome to attend, both members and non- members alike. We hope to see a full house as we have many important decisions to make on the night. Please click here for the Agenda.

  • Slaney River Trust and Slaney Rodfishers Association Accounts 2016

    Please click here to view the accounts for 2016. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of them feel free to email treasurer@slaneyrivertrust.ie


  • Emergency Meeting and AGM

    The Slaney River Trust and Slaney Rodfishers Association will hold it’s AGM on Friday 24th February at 7 pm in Redmond’s, Bunclody. An Agenda will be available soon. We would encourage you to attend in order to influence what is a critical year ahead for the river Slaney.



  • Emergency Meeting Calls for Slaney to Remain Open for 2017

    An Emergency Public Meeting of the Slaney River Trust, attended by 50 people held on Tuesday in Bunclody, called on Minister Sean Kyne to reverse the draft decision to close the Slaney for salmon fishing in 2017. The meeting voted by 98% to call for the Minister to meet a delegation drawn from all parts of the river to hear why, for conservation purposes, it is essential that the river remains open in 2017.

    The meeting expressed its disbelief that it was proposed to close the river due to low stock levels when following the removal of over 200 salmon and 2,000 seatrout from the tailrace of the Clohamon weir at the end of July by electrofishing which were put in above the weir ( with apparent significant mortality ), large numbers of fish are still trapped in the tailrace today.

    Since then no attempt has been made to release them or the many other fish which have subsequently become trapped. Without immediate action none of these fish will be able to spawn representing a potentially massive loss to the river’s stock.

    It was agreed that this situation must be addressed urgently by Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Department and the local County Councils and a solution found to both prevent fish entering the tailrace and to address the long term issue of waterflows over the weir.

    Detailed points made by participants at the meeting included:

    In the absence of reliable counter information it was felt that the analysis behind the decision to close the river was largely based on the result of this year’s electrofishing. Concern was expressed as to the electro fishing procedures adopted. Also the 2016 numbers for juvenile fish in some areas will have been significantly affected by the wash out of redds by the exceptional flooding experienced last winter which was a one off event.

    The objective of closing the river is to reduce salmon mortality. Closure is likely to increase salmon mortality. The reason is that properly handled fish caught on single barbless hooks returned to the river suffer minimal losses. Based on 2015 catches of 191 fish ( all returned ) a mortality rate of 5% would have resulted in the loss of say 10 salmon. However closure would mean poachers would have easy access to poach. It is not unreasonable to think poachers could take 10 salmon per week or more during the season.

    It was accepted that the most important reason as to why the closure would be a conservation disaster for the river was that the absence of legally licensed anglers would mean the policing effort against poachers would be greatly diminished. The staff of Inland Fisheries Ireland do good work but are very under resourced. There should be no doubt that poachers will kill all fish that they take, will use illegal methods of angling and have no respect for close seasons. There have been a number of instances in recent years of spawning fish being taken from the redds. The river is close to the road and wooded for much of its length. Inland Fisheries Ireland cannot adequately police the river without the information flow from licensed rod anglers. The presence of licensed anglers on the river clearly deters poachers.

    Information was not available to the meeting on the scientific analysis which led to the decision to close the river because it has not been made public.

    All SRT members, anglers on the river and other interested parties were urged to write to the Department expressing their opposition to the closure. The consultation period closes on 11 December and letters of objection should be sent as soon as possible.