Jim Shanahan from Castletownroche was fishing an upper beat & phoned me to ask if he could switch to another upstream beat. I suggested that he came down to a lower beat as I had heard that it was quiet above.

He arrived on Ballinaroone with his 11 yr old son James & within 15 minutes James had hooked & lost a fish on a Toby.

Jim caught the Biggest Fish of the Season a few moments later – 12.4lb on Flying C at the Road Pool.

Jim shanahan with 12.4lb
Jim shanahan with 12.4lb


April 15: A 7.4lb. sea-liced fish for Terry O’Keeffe from Miltown, Co. Cork caught on spinner from the lower river (his first of season). One fish also lost on Upper Kilmurry.

Terry O'Keeffe - 7.3lb.
Terry O'Keeffe - 7.3lb.

The second fish to be caught on the Lodge’s upper beats (8lb. on spinner) was taken on the 16th. at Castletownroche.

On Wednesday 18th., there was a good flood on the Blackwater which brought the level up 1.5 meters at Ballyduff. It peaked in the afternoon at 1.75m on the gauge at Ballyduff, but was starting to drop by evening. This is the highest level of the river so far this season. The previous highest was on the Opening Day on February 1st.,  when it was only 1.10 metres. This flood should encourage plenty of fresh fish to run.

Methods: Back to fly order & clarity. Prospects: Prayers have been answered. Should be brilliant once flood clears off.

There is no problem for availability of fishing & accommodation in the coming weeks

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