Slaney Brownies.

The Slaney below Tullow is a beautiful river to fish. Flowing through rich pastureland and narrow valleys, flanked by the Wicklow mountains to the north and the Blackstairs mountains with Mount Leinster standing sentinel to the south. Aghade bridge, Clonegal and the Derry river, Kildavin, Bunclody, Ballycarney, Scarawalsh and the River Bann, all stretches synonymous with spring salmon, they equally hold a stock of brown trout. Maybe small, averaging half a pound, but good sport on a light rod. I tend to fish the seams and guts below the salmon weirs common to the river, these being artificially created to step the river so producing holding pools and lies.

The River Slaney below Kildavin bridge.

Opening on a catch and release basis for salmon and sea trout from the 11th May the warm spell of weather signaled that a few brownies might be stirring. It was good to see white thorn and cherry blossom as I drove the narrow lanes towards Bunclody. On stepping out of the car, although the sun was splitting the stones there was still a chill in the air carried by a north east breeze. Putting up a five weight rod and a team of spiders I proceeded to fish various runs from Kildavin upstream towards Aghade.

Small River Slaney Brownie tempted by a Partridge and Orange.

Sport was steady with slashing rises and pulls being the order of the day. A good trout had a go in a run below Kilcavan Bridge giving a good tug in tandem with a big splash,  other than that the fish averaged 6.oz. Driving back along the Derry I promised to cast a line over the stretch upstream of Clonegal, maybe tomorrow?

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