Blackwater Lodge

Tues June 5th and Ian and Glenda Powell report from the Blackwater – The upper & lower river were continuing to fall slowly throughout the day. The lower river was down to 0.50m by late evening. The upper river was just starting to rise a bit again this evening @ 19.00. The clarity was about 1½-2 feet throughout. There were 2 fish of 5 & 7lb caught on 2 different beats on the upper river & quite a lot of fish were seen moving through the Castletownroche beats. There were some quite heavy showers in the middle/upper catchment during the day so we’ll see in the morning if these have any effect on the river.

Jim Shanahan with his 10.3lb salmon
Jim Shanahan with his 10.3lb salmon

Weds June 6th – Just 10 rods fished today – 6th. 11 fish to 10.3lb were taken – all on our upper beats. 6 fell to spinner, 4 to fly & 1 to worms. Two young anglers caught their First Ever Salmon today. Tommy Daly (14 years)with a 4.5lb. on worms on Ballincurrig and Adam Watkinson (UK) 16 years old. 5.5lb. on spinner on Carrig.

The best Fish of the Day. 10.3lb taken by Jim Shanahan on fly on Bridgetown.

The total for June is already 19 fish & the Season to Date is 76.

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!)
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Fort William Estate Fishery

5/6/12 Water levels are dropping back once again after the recent rise. It peaked just over 1.5 meters on Sunday and clarity is poor enough with 1ft visability. Today was a good start even in this dirty water with 2 fish landed. Tim James from the U.k. landed a nice fish of 8lbs off the Glenmore beat on spinner, while Mick Brown also landed a fish of 5lbs off Glenmore. Forecast for the coming week is poor so we can only wait and see what the water levels will do.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077

Fishhunt with Philip Maher

05/06/12 The Blackwater rose a few feet after the heavy rain Saturday. It put even the upper reaches out of order. Thankfully it is dropping as fast as it came up. If this continues I would expect a good days fishing on the beats above Mallow as early as tomorrow (5/6/12).

If you are venturing out remember that we are still offering day permits for as little as €40 per day on our 23 beats. My advice is a skagit or shooting head line with a 10’ T11 poly leader and a 2-3 inch copper or tungsten tube fly like a flood buster or a flame thrower should do the business.
Philip Maher