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Munster Blackwater – May fishing best in years

May 30th, 2016 | by

Paul Whelan from Fortwilliam Fishery and Connie Corcoran from Ballyduff Bridge have more  reports of what looks like a decent run of salmon on the Munster Blackwater…

Paki Carroll

Paki Carroll with his 12lb salmon from Fortwilliam Fishery

24 May: Well done to Ivor Pengelly and Connie today who had 2 lovely sea-liced fish from Ballyduff Bridge one of about 5lbs and another of about 8lbs both fish returned safely. – Ballyduff Bridge

25 May: Great day’s fishing on Fortwilliam today with 2 cracking fish landed. Willian Carroll landed a beauty on the Glenmore fish of 10lbs and Bob Woodside had a beautiful fish of 11lbs off the Castle Beat early on. Later in the day 3 more fish were taken off the Glenmore beat when Paki Carroll landed and released a 10lb fish on Glenmore stream and then went to the Abbey Pool landing a beautiful fish of 12lbs. His fishing buddy Alex Roland landed a grilse of 5lbs – Fortwilliam Fishery

26 May: Another good day on the Fortwilliam with 3 fish landed. Nick Roe landed a grilse of 5 lbs on fly which was returned safely. Later that day Nick landed a second on fly of 10lbs all of the Glenmore beat. Glenmore is fishing very well!! Our guide Chris Coady landed and released a 7lbs fish on fly off the Ellis beat. Gauge .20m. – Fortwilliam Fishery

27 May: The salmon fishing in the month of May at Fortwilliam has not been this good in years as another great day was had. Martin McNamara landed a 7lb fish off the Ellis beat. Guide Bob Woodside had a fine grilse of 6lbs off the Castle beat. Bill Gordan landed a cracking fish off the Castle beat on fly. Bill then went to Glenmore and landed another 2 fish on fly which were released. One fish estimated 13lbs and the other 7lbs.  – Fortwilliam Fishery

Great day at Ballyduff Bridge for Tom Joe Daly who started early and had a lovely fish of 13lbs. Two more of 8lbs and 7lbs, all covered in sea-lice, soon followed. – Ballyduff Bridge

28 May: Well done to James Hill who caught his first Blackwater salmon of 11bs today at Ballyduff Bridge with Tony O’Riordan losing another great fish also. – Ballyduff Bridge

Glenmore still producing fish as Conor Arnold and Kieran Conlon had a grilse each yesterday in this glorious weather.   – Fortwilliam Fishery

29 May: Today Michael Long from Carlow had a nice grilse on fly off the Castle beat.  – Fortwilliam Fishery

Thunder and Lighting didn’t stop The River Man Connie striking again this evening at Ballyduff Bridge, a lovely fish of about 6lbs safely released. – Ballyduff Bridge

Go Fishing…


Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Ballyduff Bridge fisheries control a number of beats of the Munster Blackwater. The Ballyduff Bridge beat is almost a mile long offering a huge variety of water and is particularly suited to fly fishing. Upstream near the village of Ballyhooley (a few miles outside the town of Fermoy, Cork) we have two beats. The Ballincurrig Beat is one of the most beautiful locations along the river and has an excellent piece of fly water flowing into a deep pool. Just downstream on the opposite bank we have a short but productive beat, called Magners. This beat fishes also well in high water.

Contact  Conie Corcoran:
Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

Mobile: +353 (0)87 6918230.

Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages

Fortwilliam Fishery is 3 miles from tidal water and has 5 beats on the river, which include stretches particularly suited to fly fishing. Offering a  total of 3.5 miles of double bank fishing, our beats provide a wide variety of water, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced fishermen. All beats are interlinked and enjoy vehicular access and huts.

Contact Paul Whelan:
Fortwilliam Fishery, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.ie Email: info@fortwilliamfishing.ie
Tel: (00353) 87 8292077 or 058 75299

The Munster Blackwater…

For more information about salmon fishing on the Munster Blackwater please see the following page with a list of all the fisheries

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