Blackwater Lodge

Mar 3: Shane Kinsella from Wicklow was fishing alone on Lower Kilmurry on Saturday March 3 – indeed he was the only rod out that day. He hooked & netted a beautiful fresh fish of ~12lb. on aluminium Garry Dog tube on a sink-tip line which he played for 20 minutes. He also saw another very fresh double figure fish showing around the same time in the afternoon.

Fishing at Kilmurry

March 4: First Fish off the Upper River. Tom Donovan caught a very fresh 7 pounder from the Junction Pool at Bridgetown Abbey.
March 7: Couple of good fresh fish seen on Kilmurry by the only rod out.

Prospects: Looking extremely good for the coming weeks with one of the best spring runs for many years.
The river is at a medium/high summer level – the gauge reads 0.52m this morning, which is a lovely fly & lighter spinning height – especially for this time of year. It is up a couple of inches in the last couple of days & the clarity is ~2½ feet. It will fine off in the coming days & will be in cracking fly order. There is a high pressure building over Ireland in the run-up to the weekend, so we are expecting dry weather & temperatures of 11-14ºC in the next 4-5 days.

Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
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Fort William Estate Fishery

A slight rise in water levels over the weekend but its dropping back nicely and in percfect order at the moment for fly and spin. Clarity is good but a slight washy colour in it but should be gone in the next day or so. Reports of some nice spring fish been taken upstream so its worth a cast as these fish have to pass us. Just be aware that there are still plenty of kelts in the system. Tightlines.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077