An angler fishing upstream of Bunclody has landed 2 badly seal marked fish in the last week.
One very fresh fish had a raw hole in its gut and the second, which had been a while in the river, a partially healed chunk out of its tail.
Apart from the damage, they were both great examples of the quality of Slaney fish. While both were of course safely returned and swam off you would have to be worried as to the survival chances of the gut damaged fish.
We would be interested to hear of any other similarly damaged fish being caught.
The enlarged picture of the first fish’s head below shows the tiny size 16 copper-headed nymph just beside the scissors. It was actually landed after about 40 minutes on a 3 wt trout rod!
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