Ian Powell of Blackwater Lodge on the Munster Blackwater reports that anglers on thier beats had a good day on Sunday

A dirty 4 foot flood hit the river on Friday, August 2nd. peaking at 1.28m. This was just what we needed to bring the huge numbers of fish waiting in the tidal reaches up into the main river. This resulted in our only blank day in the 16 days to August 5th.

By Saturday evening, it had dropped to 0.51m but was still coloured. There were 4 fish caught that day.

Mat Burbridge with his First Ever Fly Caught Salmon which he released
Mat Burbridge with his First Ever Fly Caught Salmon which he released

The river fined down to good order on Sunday, and we smashed our record for the Best Day of 2013 with 20 fish to 11lb.caught for just 12 rod days.  The previous best day was eight fish. Two anglers each had four for the day, one of which had both his first & second ever fly-caught salmon. The other had fish of 11,10, 7 & 3lb. Nine fell to fly & 11 to spinner. Fourteen were caught on the upper river & six on the lower beats.
There was very heavy rain in the middle catchment for a couple of hours on Sunday evening which gave another 1½ foot flood yesterday morning.


Ballyduff gauge height 0.43m.  Clarity 1-1½ feet early this morning improving to ~2 feet by lunchtime today. With a river fining down rapidly, a dry forecast for the week & large numbers of fish running, we look set to have fabulous sport in the coming week.

Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge

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Munster Blackwater at Fermoy
Current water conditions on the Munster Blackwater at Fermoy. Courtesy of Farson Digital Watercams, click for more...