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This year’s Salmon Watch Ireland (“SWIRL”) conference takes place in Galway on 19 October at the Galway Bay Hotel from 10AM to 4PM. The agenda and tickets which cost €35 are available online .
As well as considering SWIRL’s proposals for Saving the Irish Salmon the conference will be addressed by the Minister, and will have presentations from 3 senior scientists on developments in closed system salmon farming, smolt tracking and the use of DNA analysis all of which may prove critical in the fight to save the salmon. there will be time for open discussions on the topics.May 21, 2019
This photo which was taken recently shows a lot of dirt in the river in Enniscorthy. It has been suggested that it came from work on M11 completion and highlights the need for continued vigilance in respect of both construction and agricultural runoff. Any pollution spotted should be reported to the IFI hotline.May 21, 2019
While the river was generally quiet for the last 2 weeks there was a flurry of action on several lower beats last weekend as a few pods of fish appeared with reports of 3 fish lost by one angler on Saturday. A little further upstream an angler landed 3 the next day including this one. It seems they have now mostly run through.
Upstream has been slow but Ger Mellet got this one on the Tullow water a couple of weeks ago.
Your annual membership fee of €50 includes insurance cover via the Salmon and Sea Trout Recreational Anglers block policy. A copy of the Schedule can been seen hereMay 7, 2019
This week was a similar story to last with individual fish being met along the river with one in two being lost or just touched. Fish still seem to be running rather than taking up residence. In reality fishing has not been easy and you need to stick at it. Perseverance was rewarded with Mossy’s first of the season. (It was actually caught on Monday 6th.)April 29, 2019
The past week had a mixture of weather with bright sunshine and low clear water changing to a choclate flood at the weekend. Activity on the river slowed down but there were still a number of fresh fish running as can be seen from these photos. If you have any photos or reports please email firstname.lastname@example.org.April 28, 2019
In an earlier post we referred to reports of net marked fish and asked for any photos. In response we have been sent / pointed to these 3 photo’s of fish landed in April 2019. The sides are clearly marked but there doesnt appear to be extensive bleeding and fin damage of the type we used to see with the drfit nets. If you have any comments or more photos please mail email@example.com
April 23, 2019
Based on limited reports of approximately 20 fish landed for the week the Slaney was relatively disappointing given the water level and high tides. However 2 groups of anglers fishing different beats had red letter days landing 4 and 6 fish including this one on Wednesday. A number of fish have been referred to as having possible net marks. The SRT would be very interested in receiving photos of that kind of damage.April 15, 2019
Despite the river remaining at an adequate height for fish to run catches tapered off this week with 10 fish reported landed including this one got by Paddy Corcoran on Sunday.
The very cold upstream wind, apart from making the more exposed beats difficult to fish, traditionally keeps the fish down and there was little sign of action.
More encouragingly the smolt run has started and a number of exceptionally healthy and large smolts are being encountered. Please be sure to release them carefully.
Hopefully with the rain arriving a rise in water level may bring a few more fresh fish in this week.April 8, 2019
The first 8 days of the season have proven exciting for those anglers who were prepared to put the hours in with over 35 fish reported. Many of them were fresh run as shown by this sealiced example caught this evening. The run is well spread out including examples from up river such as these springers from Shane Jenkins and Michael McCormack. Please note the careful C&R technique used in all cases.