Expectations good

Friday 22nd june: The upper river was falling from it’s slight rise yesterday, but at 11.30 today had gone up another 1cm. The lower river is falling & is at 1.00m this morning at 9.00am. Clarity not bad @ 2-3 feet. No rods out yesterday so obviously no fish caught.

Saturday 23rd June: John McSweeney caught this 8.9lb. fish yesterday on spinner on Kents on the lower river.

John McSweeney with 8.9lb fish
John McSweeney with 8.9lb fish

Three more fish to 9lb. were caught on the upper river. All the fish were extremely fresh & all taken on spinner. Several more fish were lost, including one large fish which broke the anglers line – he had already caught two fish of 3 & 9lb. in one hour before. The total for June is now 51 fish (for a mere 68 rod days) which is already the Fourth Best Total for June for the last Ten Years & this is only up to the 22nd.

Sunday 24th June: The river this morning @ 09.00 was down slightly to 0.91m on the Ballyduff gauge & the clarity the best part of 3 feet. A glorious warm sunny day & the forecast is mainly dry for the coming week so expect the river to come into absolutely stunning order in the next couple of days.

David Walsh with his 10.2lb salmon
David Walsh with his 10.2lb salmon

This beautifully fresh 10.2lb (the sea-lice had just fallen off) was taken on spinner on the upper river yesterday, where big runs of large fish have been seen moving through, especially on Friday. We had another sea-liced 8 pounder on spinner on our upper beats as well.  Two in total for the day for just 3 rod days.
Fourth Best Day of the Season -Five fish caught – all grilse to 5.5lb on spinner.
Even more remarkable was the fact that three were First Ever Salmon. There were two for the Sinde party from Spain on Ballyhooly & one for Joe Wale (UK) from Woodstream.

The upper river fell 7cm to 1.63m during the day & the lower river fell 3cm to 0.88m.
Clarity was good throughout at ~ 3 feet.

At 12.30 there were already 2 very fresh fish on spinner reported from Carrig on the upper river. River is reported as clearing very well. There were a good number of fish reported caught on club waters on the upper river yesterday including a couple on fly.

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

Best Fish was 7lb 6oz

June 23rd: Best fish today was 7lb6oz.  River up and down due to the heavy rainfall over the past three weeks. We had some good fishing in the upper reaches Today, approx. 5 miles below Millstreet. Saw a lot of fish running even this far up in the system so as soon as we get a few dry days there should be great fishing ahead. Still offering best value for Blackwater beats €40.
Philip Maher,

Philip Maher
Philip Maher

Tel:  + 353 58 47524
Mob: + 353 87 8399345
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