Ian Powell of the Blackwater Lodge reports on the recent events on the Munster Blackwater…

09/08/2013: 18 fish caught yesterday to 9lb. for 14 rod days.
Total for last 5 days is 89 for 66 rod days.
August total 97 & Season 239/
Forecast continues dry so superb conditions continue!

11/08/2013: With the spell of dry weather, the river has fined off to summer level. The Ballyduff gauge is now on 0.26m this morning & the clarity is 4-5 feet.
The forecast for the week is dry except for some light rain perhaps on Wednesday & Thursday.

We have had superb fishing in the last week. For the 7 days to Saturday 10th., we have taken 108 fish to 12lb. for just 87 rod days. The August total is 118  which is already the best for the month for the last 4 years – & this is only in the first 10 days!

Fresh fish are continuing to run in good numbers.  One angler who was fishing our top beat just below Mallow (28 miles/45km upriver)  caught 4 sea-liced grilse in one hour in the late afternoon & lost 2 more.

Excellent for the coming week. Very small flies are the most successful. There’s no problem for availability for fishing & accommodation for most of August.

13/08/2013: The water continues to fine down very slowly & is @ 0.24m on the Ballyduff gauge. this morning. There is some light rain forecast for Thursday & again on Saturday.

There have been few rods fishing in the last couple of days, but we had 3 fish caught on Sunday, & two rods on one beat yesterday (Monday) landed 8 fish & lost 4 more.

The August total is 128 which is already the best for the month since 2009 – & this is only in the first 12 days! The season total to date is 270.

Prospects are good for the coming week.

Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge

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