Ian Powell of the Blackwater Lodge gives us a report on how the week progressed on the Munster Blackwater:

17 August: Some rain overnight (1mm here). The forecast is now for some rain due on Wednesday. The upper river at Millstreet rose 5cm and is holding at that. The clarity is excellent.
At Killavullen the river rose just 1cm to 1.17m. Excellent fly height and clarity.
The Ballyduff gauge is holding at 0.27m for the last 2 days. Again excellent fly height and clarity. Water temperature at Ballyduff: 12.6ºC / 54.6ºF.

Paolo Ratti (Italy) has caught his First Ever Salmon on Friday morning. A 7lb fish taken on a Toby spoon on the Green Bank on Upper Kilmurry on the lower river.

Only a couple of rods out on Monday 17th. and there were three fish to 11¾lb. caught. This was the 5th biggest fish of the season so far. On Saturday we only had 2 fish but was a lovely 10½ pounder for John Tucker (UK). There were 4 fish caught on Friday but it was fairly quiet coming up to that. Fish had not been showing and were difficult to tempt.

Prospects seem to be improving and we are expecting it to come good with all the fish that ran in on the last flood. Tides were peaking at 3.8m for the last couple of days which may have helped to bring fish in. No problem for rods & accommodation at the moment.

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
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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