Category Archives: Salmon fishing reports
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.
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 email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25, 2019
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 email@example.com. Many thanks.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.April 8, 2019
At the SRT meeting on Friday the IFI representatives reported that there had been a number of recent successful court prosecutions leading to hefty fines. We look forward to seeing a fuller report on them. It is critical for the river that legitimate anglers are out on the river and that any suspect activity is reported to IFI as soon as possible. Anglers on the river are the front line deterrent against poachers.April 5, 2019
Thank you to all those who have sent us photos of their catches. It has been a great week on the river. However, a number of our members have expressed concerns on how some of these fish are being handled before release. Please please ensure that the salmon remains in the water while being unhooked prior to release. A quick photo can be taken while supporting the salmon with both hands and lifting for a few seconds above the water level. Time out of the water should be kept to an absolute minimum and when a net is being used, this should remain in the water while unhooking. NEVER take the fish up onto the bank and NEVER carry the fish by its tail.