River Slaney, Co. Wexford, Sunday 11th April, 2010

The coldest winter since 1963 has kept water temperatures down and delayed growth by at least one month. This in turn has had an effect on fly life on and around the river. Last Sunday was sunny and bright with a chilly breeze blowing from the south east. I decided to downstream wetfly fish the River Slaney between Aghade Bridge and Clonegal.

Using a sink tip and small spidery patterns such as the Kill Devil Spider, Partridge and Orange, and Greenwells Spider I took numerous wild Brown Trout between four and eight ounces in  weight. Still very thin they were all returned to fight another day.

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