Paul Whelan from Fortwilliam Fishery reports that there are a nice few grilse being taken at present on the Munster Blackwater.  Chris Coady landed 2 grilse of 3lbs each, both returned safely, on Wednesday 8 July. Ian Dolley, over from the U.K, has 3 grilse so far on the second day of his trip and one released so things. The water levels at the fishery are are dropping back to .2m onthe gauge after the recent rise which just peaked over 1.5ft. Clarity is pretty good at 3ft+ so its suitable for fly now also.

Fortwilliam Fishery
Ian Dolley at Fortwilliam

Ian Powell of Blackwater Lodge reports that their anglers have been catching sea-liced grilse every day  in spite of the low water, mainly on the lower river. By Sunday 05 July they 13 grilse (7 on fly) for the month to date. On Monday the water was up after the rain and they had one 12lb fish on fly, released, from Kilmurry and two grilse from the upper river in the evening.

playing a fish
Luca Conlon caught and released 2 salmon on Sunday

On Tuesday 3 extremely fresh grilse were caught on upper river in the evening. This brings their total to 17 so far for July. Ian tells us that prospects are superb for the coming days as larger fish look to be starting to run with the rise in water, which is dropping now with good visibility.

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
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Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages
Fortwilliam Fishery, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Web: 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