Ian Powell of Blackwater Lodge reports:

03/10/12 The Extension to October  12th.
There are very few places in the Republic where you can  fish for salmon up to October 12. We are fortunate enough to have been  granted this on a trial basis  for this year,  as our runs of fish seem to be  coming later and later each year. The extension is Fly Only, Single Barbless  & Catch & release.

Special  Late Offer €60/day.
To  ensure that we have plenty of rods fishing to help collect data,  we are now  offering fishing from now until October 12th. for just €60/rod day.

Promising Prospects.

We have experienced the same phenomenon as most  rivers in September with fish being  very reluctant to take.  We have however  a very large head of fish in the system,  with lots of fish being seen on  most beats each day.

Fly Works  Best!
For September,  the fly caught more fish that all the other methods put together  which bodes  well for the Fly Only extension.  The September total was 138 of which 74  fell to fly.  93 of the fish were released.

The last 12 days of  September saw 75 fish caught – of which 41 fell to fly. Whilst fish were  elusive, some anglers managed to do very well. Gerard Bonnet’s 3 rod party from Britanny, France caught 27 fish to 13lb. for their week including  8 on the fly.

Terry McDermott’s  party from N. Ireland also had 7 to 10lb. – all on fly.

Terry Mcdermott
Terry McDermott

This fish was taken on the 29th. on the lower river. It weighed 9.9lb, & was covered in sea-lice.

04/11/12 Both the upper & lower river are up very slightly this morning. The Ballyduff gauge is on 0.43m.Clarity of the water is excellent at ~5 feet.The air temperature at 08.30 this morning was +5C.  The forecast is continuing mainly dry until the weekend. Still plenty of fish showing, including some very silver fish.  Still extremely reluctant to take!
Yesterday & Tuesday were very windy. Today is a calm sunny day.

Ian & Glenda Powell

Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery

Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 4740135  (10p/min any time!)

Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20

E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net