We had a superb purple patch for the 6 days to May 31st.
Sixteen salmon & grilse to 10lb. were caught for only 18 rod days. Nine were caught on fly. Only 6 were grilse under 5lb.
It started on the 26th. when Kieran McClements from Belfast caught his First Ever Salmon with a 4lb. grilse.
The 27th. was what was at the time the Second Best Day of the Season with three fish to 7.8lb caught.
The 31st turned out to be the Best Day of the Season by a long way. Seven fish to 9lb. were caught – all on the upper river.
Mick Kennedy recorded the Best Day for One Rod for 2012 as he caught five fish to 9lb., three of which were on fly.
He released four of the fish alive.
There were good reports of fish moving through the upper river though the lower river has been quiet.
The final total for May was 40 fish to 14.3lb. & 57 for the season to date.
There is no problem for availability of fishing/accommodation in the coming weeks.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery