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2019 Salmon Watch Ireland Conference

Posted on by Brian

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.

Road Works Run off?

Posted on by Brian

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.

2 weeks ending 19.5.19

Posted on by Brian

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.

Members Insurance

Posted on by Brian

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 here

Week ending 5/5/19

Posted on by Brian

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.)

Week ending 28/4/19

Posted on by Brian

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

Net Marked Fish

Posted on by Brian

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


Have you spotted any lamprey?

Posted on by David

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) are always on the lookout for records of lamprey in the River Slaney. Ireland has 3 species of lamprey –  brook (12cm), river (30cm) and sea lamprey (70-90cm). All 3 species are of conservation concern and are listed in Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive. Brook lamprey are resident in freshwater all year round but river and sea lamprey migrate from the marine environment to spawn in freshwater. While brook lamprey are widespread and abundant in the Slaney, river and sea lamprey are much more scarce. Lamprey spawn between March – June and we would be extremely grateful if you could send any records of sightings (including date and location) to Many thanks.

A couple of red letter days in w/e 21/4/19

Posted on by Brian

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.

A much quieter Week ending 14/4/19

Posted on by Brian

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.

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