Fishery Manager Paul Whelan reports from Fort William Estate today:

River levels are in cracking order and clarity is just perfect. A few fish are starting to be taken off the fishery as Ian Dolley and his 12 year old son John Joe have proved. Father and son have had great sport with John Joe landing a cracking fish of 12lbs on spinner.

12 year old John Joe with his fish at Fortwilliam
12 year old John Joe with his fish at Fortwilliam

His Dad Ian had the first couple of grilse on the fishery both fish were 4lbs. Nice few fish seem to be showing themselves in the morning also as we have early morning tides too so fish are travelling off the tide.

Fort William - May fish 4

Fort William - May fish 3

Salmon Spey Casting Course

Andrew Ryan of Clonanav Fly Fishing tells us that it was a full house for last weekends Spey casting course of 2014 at Fortwilliam Fishing on the Blackwater. A great group of enthusiastic anglers took part on the day and we had great fun. Paul provided us with some amazing beats as usual and the hospitality and riverside bbq was amazing.


Fort William - Salmon Sprey Casting

Salmon Sprey Casting, how it's done by an expert !
Salmon Sprey Casting, how it’s done by an expert !

No fish were caught, but a huge amount of casts and techniques were learned by the participants. We covered Roll casts, switch casts, Circle C, Snake roll and double spey. The course also consisted of a shooting head clinic and lots of info on the latest gear available on the market.

Paul Whelan
Fort William Estate

Go fishing…

Flowing through Cork and Waterford, in the south east of Ireland, the river Blackwater is most famous for it’s salmon fishing. Fort William Fishery has 5 beats on the river, which include stretches particularly suited to flyfishing. Our beats offer a wide variety of water, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced fishermen. In summer we have also good numbers of sea trout. On the estate there is  two self-catering cottages and tackle/freezer room. Whether you like fishing for salmon or fly fishing for sea trout, Fort William will meet all your game angling requirements and much more.

Paul Whelan,
Fishery Manager,
Fort William Estate,
Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Tel: (00353) 87 8292077