Fisheries on the Munster Blackwater are reporting a strong run grilse on the river over the weekend and prospects of the fishing continuing are good…

Kevin Collins releases one of the 4 sea-liced fish he caught on Sunday evening
Kevin Collins releases one of the 4 sea-liced fish he caught on Sunday evening


Ian Powell of Blackwater Lodge reports that they had 21 grilse over the weekend. 9 fish to 7lb were landed on Sunday, including 4 for Kevin Collins (Cork) landed 4 and Kieran Conlon landed two on a micro-tube (size 20 hook) on the lower river. On Saturday they had 3 grilse from the upper and 3 from the  lower river and on Friday two rods had 5 sea liced grilse off the lower river and one was taken on the upper beats.

Gary McCarthy releasing a grilse on Saturday

This brings Blackwater Lodge to 72 fish for the month to date and 104 for the season so far. Ian tells us that prospects are superb for the coming days as more and more fish are running and high tides next week peak at 3.9m from Thursday to Saturday.

Updated 01 July:  Thirteen salmon to 8lb. were landed by just 7 anglers yesterday on the Blackwater Lodge beats – 10 on fly and 10 released. One angler caught and released 6 fish on single handed fly rod. This makes the month the best June on record at the fishery since 2002.

At Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery reports that  Martin Cronin from Cork landed 3 grilse and lost one on a small cascade fly at Balincurrig on Sunday morning. Two fish were lost at Ballyduff Bridge also.

Marcus Bale landed a fine grilse in the Powdering Tub on the castle at Fortwilliam Fishery on Sunday Which brings their weekend’s catch to 6 fish.  Paul Whelan reports plenty of grilse running “which is nice to see and about time too”.

Go fishing…

Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
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Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages
Fortwilliam Fishery, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
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The Munster Blackwater…

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