July 4th: The river was out of order on Monday (2nd) & no rods fished. Yesterday, it was still high & a wet day, but 3 of our local rods went to do some bank clearing at Ballyhooly (2 on strimmers & 1 with a rod alternating.) Apart from doing a great grass cutting job they managed to catch 3 fish on spinner. James Hill had these two of 3.7 & 5.7lb & Christopher Whelan released one about 5lb. The clarity of the water was only about 1 foot.

James Hill with two salmon weighing  3.7lb & 5.7lb
James Hill with two salmon weighing 3.7lb & 5.7lb

Today, Tim Harty & Steven Slattery from Co. Limerick fished Ballyhooly & caught 5 fish on spinner between the two of them for the day. Steven released 3 fish of 12, 8 & 3lb & Tim killed a 9.5lb (bleeding) & released a 6lb. The clarity of the water there at the end of the day was around 3 feet.
Surprisingly (considering the showers), both the upper & lower river are dropping slowly but steadily since yesterday & the water is fining off nicely.
By 19.00 this evening the gauge in Ballyduff was on 1.20m with clarity 1 1/2 – 2 feet.
There’s a bit more rain for Friday night but then it looks to be drier through the weekend & into next week.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
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