Friday June 8th: The lower river is still rising, but should peak in the night. It was at 2.90m at 20.30. It will probably be unfishable until the beginning of the week. With drier weather in the coming week & a preview of what may happen with the Best Day of the Season on the 6th., prospects are superb for next week.

This was the Blackwater @ 20.30 Friday 8th June
This was the Blackwater @ 20.30 Friday 8th June

Sat June 9th: The river has fallen extremely quickly both upstream (1.97m @ killavullen at 22.45) & down here at Ballyduff where it is down to 1.40m @ 22.45.

Amazingly, the clarity is remarkable good at ~ 1½feet both up & downriver. I was amazed when I looked at it at 7pm this evening here, & had a phone call just after to say it was the same upriver & would be fishable tomorrow above in higher water spots.

Prospects must be superb for the coming week & rods/accommodation are available.

Sunday June 10th: The heavy rain is over. Next week will see drier weather but still rather broken with some heavier rain possibly later in the week around Thursday.The river has dropped quickly above & below. It is still high – up 50cm at Killavullen from the level it was at before the flood.   At Ballyduff, the gauge is on 1.15m this morning. The clarity above & down here is about 2 feet, which is excellent given the height of the water.

Prospects are superb for the coming week.

The first fish after the flood has already been reported from the upper river at 11.00! A very fresh fish ~6lb. on spinner for Garry O’Shea (Dungarvan) from Ballincurrig. The gauge at Ballyduff is at 1.00m at 12.15. Clarity about 2 feet. The clarity on the upper beats is ~3 feet already.

Garry O'Shea's 6lb salmon
Garry O'Shea's 6lb salmon


Ian & Glenda Powell
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Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
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