As predicted by Ian Powell of Blackwater Lodge the fishing picked up for the weekend. Things started to to improve on Friday when his anglers had six salmon to 12lb, mainly on spinner with one on fly…

The 12lb. fish was taken by Dave McDowell (N. Ireland) – his Pesonal Best – and there was a First Ever Salmon for Jerome Guiry (Dungarvan).

The fishing continued to improve on Saturday and ten fish to 11lb. were caught. The 11lb. salmon was taken by Michael Foran (Kinsale) and Glen Harmon had an 8½lb fish. Both fell to fly.

A nice clean fish released by Glen Harmon on Woodstream yesterday
A nice clean fish released by Glen Harmon on Woodstream yesterday

There was no rain at all on Saturday and so fishing was rather challenging on Sunday. There were few fish moving today & no influx of fresh fish seen. Seven fish for the day including six from our very top beat 28 miles upriver.

There were few fish moving on Monday, the last day of August, throughout most of the river though 40-50 were seen on one upper beat where 3 were caught. Total for the day was five.
We have caught 123 for August & 368 for the season to date. The fish/rod day for August is 0.4 which is nevertheless rather good.

There are very high (4.1m) tides for the next 2 days, which should help to bring some fresh fish in. Fishing remains challenging butthe weather will be dry and stable for the coming week making for very good and very pleasant conditions.

Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge

Go fishing…

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
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For more information about salmon fishing on the Munster Blackwater please see the following page with a list of all the fisheries