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

The total catch for the month of August was 184 fish to over 14lb. for a mere 220 rod days. The average height on the Ballyduff gauge for the whole

of August was 0.32m but only 0.19m for the last 10 days. The Season Catch Total to date is now 324.

The Purple Patch For the week from Sunday 4th., 110 fish were landed for a mere 87 rod days. During this period the average gauge height was 0.41m

The Great Sense of Anticipation The very extensive tidal reaches of the river are now full of fish just waiting for a rise in the water to run the river.

This was the Blackwater below the Lodge on August 30th. The Ballyduff gauge on 0.17m!
This was the Blackwater below the Lodge on August 30th. The Ballyduff gauge on 0.17m!

Pino Maisano from Italy recorded his Personal Best Fish on two days in a row with fish of 10.5 & 14.1lb. on the 14th. & 15th. Another Italian angler landed 46 fish to 12lb. in the twenty days to the 23rd. He has been fishing with us for 3 weeks every August since 1993, & his previous Best  Ever total catch was 23. He also lost a very big fish (~25lb.) on the 18th. having played it for 10 mins & seeing the fish clearly.


The rain forecast for midweek should bring in the large numbers of fish which are reported to be waiting in the tidal reaches all the way down to Youghal. Expect superb runs & sport if/when it happens. Time marches on and with just 6 weeks of the season remaining, now is the time to get fishing.

Season Extension

Don’t forget that we once again have an extension to the season this year until October 12th. As last year, the 12 days in October will be Fly Only and Catch & Release.

Great Value Fishing !

Fishing is just €80/day for the remainder of the season. B&B is also only €35/person sharing.

Availability of both fishing & accommodation is limited for September & better for October.

Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge

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The Blackwater Lodge has totally exclusive fishing rights on an enviable selection of the best beats on this superb salmon river. Our beats have been carefully chosen to offer anglers a variety of fast water, flats & deep pools to suit all fishing methods. The huge extent of our fishery means that we can follow the runs of salmon from the lower beats in low water conditions to the upper river when they run through in high water. This unique fishery extends as far as 28 miles upstream from the Lodge.

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