February  1 is opening day on the Munster Blackwater and it was marked by many hardy anglers who between them managed to land 2 spring salmon…


Two salmon were reported from the fishery by Fishery Manager Patrick Devennie.  Both fish were fairly fresh and were taken on spinner and were around 8 lb. each.  While water levels were at perfect level, the very cold weather conditions are not helping anglers at present and very few fish are showing at this time.  If water temperatures rise in the next few weeks the fishing should improve greatly,

Patrick Devennie
Fishery Manager
Careysville, Clondulane, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland
Email:  [email protected] Mobile: +353 (0)86 2378788

Blackwater Lodge

01/02:  No fresh fish caught on this first day of the season, but a number of very well-mended kelts to ~15lb. were landed and safely returned. The Lower river is now falling steadily – down to 0.84m at 22.45 today 1st February. Water Clarity along this stretch is about 3 feet  and it’s about 5 feet on the upper river. Today was a beautiful cold sunny day today and there is little rain forecast.

Prospects: The river is coming into cracking order & there were a good few flies in the water today. Still a little heavy for the fly but it will be down to good fly height in the next day or so. Lovely spinning water.

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

Kieran Conlon mid cast at Ballyhooly

Ballyhooly Bridge

Munster Blackwater
It was a clear cold day at the Muster Blackwater on Sunday

When Paul Hanely and Co. arrived at Ballyhooley Bridge it was almost 0C and the bright sun had not yet melted the frost on the grass on the way to lower beat . The river was fat and clear with about 90 cm on the gauge but the water temperature was cold –  4C, not good for moving fish. Given the conditions spinning was the method of choice and a few nicely conditioned trout and hard mouthed kelts broke up the morning’s activities. A move to the top of the beat saw a few more encounters with kelts. Despite the lack of fresh fish Paul was happy with the weather – a big improvement over conditions faced earlier in the year on the Laune and Drowes! Read the full report and see all the photos at http://salmonfishingireland2012.blogspot.ie/

Fort William

It was a beautiful day for the opening of the salmon season on the Munster Blackwater. Water levels still to high for us here but it was nice to see some “hardcore” boys giving it a throw.
1.08m on gauge
Clarity is perfect!

Water conditions didn’t suit but it was good to be out again on the river

Go fishing…

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