Fishing Reports and Availability
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Salmon & Sea Trout fishing reports
Report week ending 20 MayMay 20th, 2013
Following a bout of heavy rain the week started off with a bang with Tiernan’s big fish in Enniscorthy. A number of other high double figure fish were lost including one by Eanna Murphy which broke him by wrapping itself around a rock on the Farmleigh stretch. The good fishing was spread along the river with one beat producing 4 fish on Thursday and several lost. Also on Thursday Stuart Feeney landed 2 fish at Kildavin, and Mary Harkin one further downstream on Friday. By the week end the sun and dry weather started to take its toll and I would expect the river to quieten down a bit until we see another fresh.
Another big springer landedMay 16th, 2013
Another big fish has been caught, this time by TiernanSludds at Enniscorthy. Tiernan, an experienced angler who has caught plenty of Slaney fish, estimates the fish would easily have hit the magical 20 pounds mark on the scales and you’d find it hard to argue with him on the evidence of this photo.
He also landed another fish about 12 pounds and lost 2 more during the day. This is the third 20 pounder landed in the space of three weeks on the Slaney and while the river is noted for it’s big Spring fish in recent years it is unheard of for it to produce more than the very occasional fish of this quality.
What’s the reason for this significant improvement? Many would argue that the banning of drift nets at sea and the absence of draft nets in the estuary has given these fish a much better chance of returning to spawn. Now that the netting gauntlet is gone we can hope to see many more fish like this one in the coming years, and maybe even one or two more this season.
Report week ending 12 MayMay 12th, 2013
As expected the fresh water during the week brought in a run of new sealiced fish. Although fish were landed at Enniscorthy, Solsboro, Riversdale, Clohamon, the Wood and Kildavin many seemed to be turbocharged and heading upriver fast. This was borne out by reports of 4 (or 5?) fish off the Tullow stretch between Friday and Saturday. Successful anglers included Andy Kelly (Kildavin), Bill Connolly (Clohamon), Teddy Synott (Riversdale) and Francis Connolly (Solsboro). It was not all easy fishing with 4 anglers on one beat (including the webmaster) seeing nothing all day while 2 miles up stream it was a red letter day with 3 fish to one rod.
River and salmon take a bit of a restMay 6th, 2013
With the guage at about 13″ the mid and upper river has gone a bit quiet with no more than 3 fish being reported off any of those beats for the week. For many 13″ is still reasonable May water although some areas are suffering from heavy weed growth. The encouraging fact is that 4 fish were landed and 4 more lost on the Enniscorthy anglers stretch who also report seeing fish on the move suggesting that there is still a run of fish comming in A bit of fresh water might well liven up the river up.
Second Slaney 20 pounder landed in 2 daysMay 1st, 2013
Andy Kelly, fishing at Clohamon on Tuesday landed the second 20lb plus fish to come off the Slaney in 2 days. The 38″ long 18.5″ girth fish estimated at circa 21lbs was the largest off the beat in over 20 years and Andy’s personal best. This super fish was landed on a Monkey tube stripped across the surface on a floating line. Andy had another fish earlier in the year estimated at 16+ on the same techique!
Brown trout fishing reports
Brownies up to half pound in UrrinJune 4th, 2012
Anglers out on the Urrin have reported brown trout up to 1/2 pound along with the usual smaller fish. While one or two early seatrout have been seen there are no reports of any been landed as yet.
There has also been reasonable brown trout fishing in Baltinglass and Rathfilly area. IFI electro fishing for alien species produced no Dace but we heard of a brown trout in the 3lb class!
Brown Trout Now Taking DryflyMay 26th, 2011
Reports from the Baltinglass area are that in addition to nymphs and wet flies trout are now moving to small dry fly patterns. The fish are generally on the small size for the time of year.
Any angler with reports on the trout fishig please email webmaster
Fishing on the Slaney is controlled by a variety of Angling Clubs, Syndicates and Riparian owners. Day tickets are available from the Angling clubs and occasionally from some Riparian Owners and Syndicates. Background on some of the angling clubs on the river are included in the Angling Clubs and Permits section of the site.
Anglers interested in obtaining fishing can enquire from the following:
Ballintemple Fishery: Contact Tom Butler on 059 9155037 or 086 8179238
Clohamon Fishery: Contact David Dobbs tel 0879673111
Enniscorthy Anglers: Salmon €25 per day, Trout €10 for 2 consectuctive days. 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: Seatrout fishing only in 2012. Contact John Duffy, Old Chapel Lane, Tullow Co Carlow tel 059 9152740.
Moyadie, Monfin, Glass Door and upper Ballycarney beats; Contact David French of Fanning French and Associates on 087 9221833.
Farmleigh Fishery: Contact Carmel Gormley on 087 2539474.
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