Ian Powell of the Blackwater Lodge  gives us a summary of how the Munster Blackwater is going:

30/07/2015 Best Day of the Season as the river fines off nicely…..

Thirteen fish caught including six to 10lb. for one angler – for just 7 rod days in total.


Showers during the day & 2mm rain fell here. The forecast for the week is dry.

The upper river at Millstreet has been falling slowly all day.

Killavullen is up & down & is at 1.24m at 20.00. Clarity is about 3 feet.

At Ballyduff, the river peaked at 0.36m at midday & is just starting to drop. Clarity is about 3 feet.

Water temperature at Ballyduff: 12.4ºC / 54.3ºF.


It was the Second Best Day of the Season as the river fined off nicely during the day. Ten grilse were caught today including one sea-liced one on the lower river & eight very fresh ones on the upper river. All but two fell to fly. Johnnie Murphy & Fergus Glynn had a great day landing four – one from Kilmurry & three from Ballyhooly. 113 fish caught so far for July for just 201 rod days – a superb average of 0.6 fish/rod day. 233 for the season to date.


The river is in excellent fly order. Should be good sport in the coming days with the latest small fresh on the river. There are reports of some double figure fish caught on the lower river.


No problem for rods & accommodation at the moment.

Paul Whelan from Fortwilliam Fishery reports that July has really turned out to be a cracking month for them on the fishery.

During the week Fortwilliam fished very well with fish landed on a daily basis. John Brock from the U.K. is having a great fishing holiday with 4 fish landed so far with this cracking fish of 11lbs off the Ellis beat.

Fort William - Sea LicePatrick Corivilan from Belgium met 3 fish on the Glenmore beat and landed one of 6lbs on fly.

Fort William - Mossy Browne on July 27thOn Monday the going was hard on the river with the wind but still managed to pull 3 fish off it. Martin Lilly had a grilse of 3lbs off the Glenmore beat which was released safely. John Brock also released a grilse of 4lbs off the Glenmore beat. Mossy Browne landed a cracking grilse off the castle beat on fly of 5lbs.

Forth William - Release of fish4 fish were landed yesterday Wednesday. Brian Howard from Dublin landed 2 grilse of 4lbs each on fly off the Glenmore beat and all released safely. Derek McGiveran landed a 4lb grilse off the Castle beat.
Eric Berg from USA landed a released a small grilse off Glenmore and lost a cracking fish in the Abbey pool well in double figures.

Fort William - July 25th 2015 1

Fort William - July 25th 2015 2

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery tell us today that fishing has been quiet for the last few days but Martin Cronie from Cork caught and released 2 grilse on fly of about 3lbs weight at Ballincurrig.

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

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages
Fortwilliam Fishery, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.ie Email: [email protected]
Tel: (00353) 87 8292077 or 058 75299

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