River Fishing

At Wexford Beach Homes we have both River and Beach fishing rods and Gerrard our grounds manager is an expert fisherman, is on hand to give advice.

The Ounavarra River

River FishingThe Ounavarra is the closest river to Morriscastle. This little river flows through Killena, Ballycanew and into Courtown Harbour. On a trip up the river at the Courtown end, the visitor passes through the wooded Courtown Estate with its unsurpassed variety of scenery, past the site of where Courtown House (the seat of the Courtown Family) once stood, and on to Ballinatray Bridge. The bridge that carries the main Gorey to Courtown road, spans a deep gorge, and is reputed to be one of the highest old stone-work bridges in the country. Much of this river from Ashton Bridge (1 mile downstream of Ballycanew) is controlled and managed by the Ounavarra Angler's Association. This portion of the river has been stocked with 16oz brown trout.

Day and week permits are available. There is a bag limit of three brown trout per day. Day tickets are required and are normally sold at Whitmore's Jewellers, Main Street, Gorey. Tel (05591) 21351.

The rest of the river can be fished free. There is a good run of sea trout from June to September and a few salmon from July through to September.

The Slaney River

The Slaney is one of the country's best salmon rivers and permits may be bought for fishing. http://www.slaneyrivertrust.ie

River FishingThe Slaney river holds good stocks of small wild brown trout up to 8ozs. The river gets a reasonable run of spring salmon. The peak of the spring salmon fishing is from opening day to the end of March and there can also be fair fishing in April and early May.

The average weight of the salmon is 10 pounds and they range in size from 7lbs to 20lbs. Spinning is the most frequently used method early in the season.

The most commonly used baits are Yellow Belly, Brown-Gold-Blue and Silver Devon. Standard salmon fly patterns such as the Blue Charm and Thunder and Lightening also work well. The Slaney also gets a run of sea-trout and the best of the fishing takes place from the end of June to the end of September. There is also good brown trout fishing on the Slaney although trout are generally small.

The Slaney and its tributaries are covered by a number of bye-laws which regulate fishing by method, location and time of year. Please check these out locally before fishing.

Season : Generally fishing takes place from March 10th to September 15th, but seasons differ from location to location on the river.

Best Flies : Sea-trout: black pennell, teal, blue and silver, peter ross
Best Flies Salmon: Hairy Mary, Blue, Charm, Thunder and Lightening

Fishing Tip : Night time fishing and standard sea-trout patterns produce the best results for sea trout.

Permits for this river are available from:

Mount Leinster Anglers , Secretary, Arthur Kavanagh or Derek Nally, Chairman, Tel: 054 77801.

Solsboro Fishing Association waters contact Association Secretary, Pat Lacey at Tel: 054 35822.

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