A barbeque of fresh Blackwater salmon for Italian anglers
Saturday June 16th: The upper river was dropping overnight until 6.00am when it rose 24cm again, peaking once more @ 13.30 in the afternoon. At Ballyduff, the level was down to 2.14m at 14.00, but also rose again to 2.25m by 18.00 though the clarity is very good considering the height. There looks to be a bit more rain forecast for Monday & also Thursday next week and it should also get warmer in the latter part of the week.
Prospects look excellent for next week as long as there isn’t more heavy rain.
Sunday June 17th: 58mm rain fell in the 36 hours to yesterday morning. Yesterday was pretty much dry throughout the catchment. The upper river was dropping on Friday night until 6.00am yesterday when it rose 24cm again, peaking once more @ 13.30 in the afternoon. At Ballyduff, the level was down to 2.14m at 14.00, but also rose again to 2.25m by 18.00 yesterday evening. This morning it is down to 1.65m @ 07.00, though the clarity is very good considering the height.
It’s too high & heavy to fish today, being a good 50cm over the height when fish were being caught on the upper river last week.
12.00pm 1.45m on the Ballyduff gauge. Clarity 1-1½ feet. An Italian guest on a guided day with Glenda has his First Ever Salmon – a grilse of 3½lb taken on spinner on Kilmurry. One against the odds!!!!!!!!!
Two more fish reported today. Both very fresh and caught on spinner at Ballyhooly Bridge.
They were taken by Denis O’Donnell from Golden Co. Tipperary. He kept one of 6lb. & released another of ~10lb. The river has quite good clarity & was @ 1.36m at Ballyduff @ 16.00 & 1.97m @ Killavullen.
Monday June 18th: The river is dropping steadily albeit slowly. Down to 1.16m @ Ballyduff @ 9.00am. Dennis O’Donnell from Golden Tipperary had a great day at Ballyhooly yesterday (Sunday 17th.) notwithstanding the high water. He hooked 5 fish & landed 3 – this 12.1lb & a 6.7lb & also released a fish of ~13lb. He lost 2 double-figure fish – one at the net. All the fish were extremely fresh.
Riccardo Giglio Tos caught his First Ever – a grilse of 3.7 lb yesterday on spinner on Kilmurry, guided by Glenda. The gauge was at 1.45m at the time.
They said if they caught a fish they would like it BBQ’d so that’s exactly what we did for them at the Hut at Upper Kilmurry in the evening whilst trying out our new solar lighting system in the hut.
His friend Roberto Gall also caught his First Ever this morning (Monday)in the same place. 7.5 lb. on spinner.
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
Fort William Fishery Report
June 15th : The Munster Blackwater is rising rapidly and will be out of order till early next week. Forecast is to break over the weekend but more rain is forecasted for Monday.
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Stockies in the Nire!??
Philip Maher of FishHunt tells us that there was some great fishing had today on their upper beats.
He continues: “As all local river were well high and coloured a few of us headed down the Nire for a few trout. It warms my heart that we have such a resource free to us all. The only problem is that I felt that a very large number of the fish we landed are not the true wild stock of this river. I can not figure out how farmed stock could find there way into this river? We removed a number of fish and will be getting them genetically tested to find their origin. In saying that if you would like to have a few hours fishing remember the the Nire has FREE sections. For more details please give me a call.”
Philip Maher, Fish Hunt,