Ian Powell reports that Mike Sheridan from Dungarvan landed their first springer of the season on the Lodge fishery.

The fish was taken on spinner at the Hut on Lower Kilmurry, Friday, February 6th. It weighed about 9lb. and was very fresh but didn’t have any sea-lice. The spinner came out of the fish when it was netted and it was promptly released.

River water levels
The Blackwater at Blackwater Lodge yesterday.

It was a frosty morning on the river yesterday, Sunday 8th February, with air temperatures of  0°C at 07.30 and little wind and it remained foggy all day. The lower river continued to fall slowly but steadily and was down to 0.56m at 20.00 yesterday. There is excellent clarity on both the lower and upper river at about 5+ feet. Water temperature at Ballyduff: 7.9ºC / 46.2ºF @ 18.00. Water temperature at Killavullen: 5.5ºC / 41.9ºF @ 18.00.

Prospects are absolutely excellent right through until the end of next week  as the river is coming down into cracking fly order.

With springers being caught on the lower river, prospects of sport are very good indeed, especially if day-time air temperatures rise a bit. A few fish were starting to show yesterday & today, especially at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry. The  best was a cracker of ~14/15lb which came clean out of the water about 5 metres in front of one angler yesterday as it motored through.

Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge

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Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
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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

Munster Blackwater
The Blackwater at Fermoy, 12:10 09/02/15 – courtesy of Farson Digital Watercams