Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery on the Munster Blackwater reports that two salmon were caught on the fly on Saturday at Ballyduff Bridge, one weighing six pounds, the other eight.
Both were returned successfully. A few nice fish seen and quite a few good sea trout in the vicinity.

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

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The Ballyduff Bridge fishing beat is almost a mile long offering a huge variety of water and is particularly suited to fly fishing. The fishery caters for beginners and experienced anglers alike; it has something to offer every angler – exceptionally good fly runs, very good spinning areas and some deep pools for occasional bait fishing.

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Blackwater Lodge and Salmon Fishery

Ian Powell of  Blackwater Lodge, reports:

Yet another bright slightly frosty morning today. Air temperature 4ºC at 07.30. Frequent showers topped up the upper river over the last couple of days. The forecast for today & tomorrow is mainly dry, but quite a lot more rain is forecast for Saturday & Sunday. Temperatures will also be on the rise from today.

The upper river at Millstreet peaked at 10.00 yesterday morning up 15cm & peaked again at midnight last night up another 5cm. Excellent clarity.

The upper river at Killavullen is up 11cm to 1.31mat 07.00.

The lower river at Ballyduff Has just peaked up 7cm to 0.38m at 07.00. Clarity is about 5-6 feet.

Water temperature at Ballyduff: 9.3ºC / 49.0ºF @ 07.00 today.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 10.6 – 9.2ºC / 51.2 – 48.6ºF.


Conditions remain perfect for fly on both the lower & upper river.
Still challenging fishing for now, but hopefully between the recent rise & the rain due on the weekend, there will be enough water in the river to start the run of the Blackwater’s May fish.
High tides are 3.4m today, but increase to 3.8m by next Monday, which might also help to push fish into the system.
Report at 12.30 today Thursday

Just had a report from the only rod out today. He met 2 fish on fly on the upper river but neither took properly. One crushed the hook on his #11 fly. It looks as if the rise has livened up the fish a bit on the upper river.

Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge

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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:

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

Fortwilliam Fishing

Paul Whelan reports tells us of the Salmon Spey Casting Course on Sunday May 17th:

Learn to spey cast and fish for salmon on the beautiful Fortwilliam Estate beats of the river blackwater. An amazing venue to learn to fly fish with expert instructor Andrew Ryan. Salmon fishing is often perceived to be very difficult, but join us on in May and learn to Spey cast the easy way. This one day intensive course is the ideal way of getting into salmon fishing and much more!
During this 1 day course you will learn both single and double spey, switch cast, Snake roll, snap t, circle c etc. Also covered will be modern salmon fishing equipment, spey lines, how to use shooting heads and lots more! Gift Vouchers are available.
For more information contact our Fishery Manager Paul Whelan on 00353 87 829 2077 or [email protected]

Fort William - Spey casting course
Fort William – Spey casting course


Paul Whelan
Fort William Estate

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Fort William - river BlackwaterFlowing through Cork and Waterford, in the south east of Ireland, the river Blackwater is most famous for it’s salmon fishing. Fort William Fishery has 5 beats on the river, which include stretches particularly suited to flyfishing. Our beats offer a wide variety of water, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced fishermen. In summer we have also good numbers of sea trout. On the estate there is  two self-catering cottages and tackle/freezer room. Whether you like fishing for salmon or fly fishing for sea trout, Fort William will meet all your game angling requirements and much more.

Fort William Guide Brian Hennessy doing a Snap T in the Powdering Tub!

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Paul Whelan,
Fishery Manager,
Fort William Estate,
Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Tel: (00353) 87 8292077