Ian Powell gives his regular update on conditions and catches on the Munster Blackwater…

06 April: Monday was a dry bright sunny day at Blackwater Lodge. The forecast still remains for dry weather right through to the end of the week with warm days but cool nights due to no cloud cover.


Dan O’Keeffe wuth his 6.7lb. fish taken on spinner
at the Road Pool on Ballinaroone , Monday Morning

Two fish in the last 3 days and already another one reported by 10.00am on Monday.
We now have 3 for April & 14 for the season so far.

Dave Walsh with the first caught on fly this year

Dave Walsh from Mallow landed our first salmon on fly on April 3rd. It was taken on a cone-head Cascade on a super fast sink tip at the Barrels on Bridgetown Priory. It’s our 11th. springer so far this season.
Even better was the fact that it was his first ever springer.


The whole river is dropping slowly but steadily and clarity throughout is good 4 feet this morning.

The Killavullen gauge is working again & it is at 1.42m at 10.00 – perfect fly height for the upper river.

The lower river at Ballyduff is dropping steadily but very slowly. It is down to 0.54m at 09.30 this morning. Perfect fly height here too. Clarity 4 feet.

Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 9.0ºC / 48.2ºF @ 10.00 today.
Water temperature at Killavullen:  10.8 – 9.3ºC / 51.4 – 46.6F @ 10.00.


Superb right through the coming week with no rain due and the river fining down. The upper & lower river were both well fly fishable today.

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