Conor Arnold contacted Ian Powell yesterday afternoon March 26th to ask if he could go trout fishing to Ballyhooly. Ian suggested he go instead to Kilmurry with the salmon rod as it was free.
He caught this fish at dusk (7.15pm) on a #10 shrimp fly on a floating line. This is more akin to summer rather than spring fishing with the air temperature in the afternoon up to 16°C.

Conor Arnold with Kilmurry salmon
Conor Arnold with Kilmurry salmon

This is the fourth springer for March which doesn’t sound a lot, but is remarkable when you consider that there have been only 41 rod days so far for the whole month.   Total for the season so far is now nine.

The Blackwater was in fantastic fly order at 9.00am this morning with clarity #5-6 feet. Having held at 0.30 for about 4 days, the river is now dropping very slowly once more & was at 0.27m this morning at 9.00am. Water temp. 48°F.  Beautiful fly height with summer level.


The forecast is for continuing dry weather for most of the week. The longer-range forecast is for a very wet start to April.

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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