There have been no more reports of salmon from the Munster Blackwater in the last week (and longer). That’s no surprise really given the prolonged periods of high water the river has experienced. Things have finally taken and turn for the better, though, and both the Ballyduff Bridge Fishery and Glenda Powell are advising anglers that there is a real sense of Spring in the air and that the river is looking a lot better from an angling point of view.

Nikki Saunders fishing the fly on Woodstream on Sunday 6th March.  The gauge on Ballyduff Bridge was 1.12m
Nikki Saunders fishing the fly on Woodstream on Sunday 6th March. The gauge on Ballyduff Bridge was 1.12m. Photo: Glenda Powell

In the words of Ballyduff Bridge, “Prospects for the weekend are looking good, the river is dropping nicely and the forecast is good. If you haven’t fished with us before get a 50% discount for your first day’s fishing.” That’s quite an incentive to go on wet a line!

Meanwhile Glenda Powell wishes “Slainte an bhradan” (the health of the salmon) to her prospective customers and clients. Glenda tells us that the river is now 1.12 m at the gauge on Ballyduff Bridge and the clarity is perfect for fishing. At 1.12m, fly-fishing is restricted to the banks in most places but there are a few spots where it is possible to wade. Given the forecast for the catchment its likely that the river will continue to drop and become even better suited to the fly angler.

Other news from the Munster Blackwater is that Blackwater Salmon Fishing has a new beat for 2016 – Blackstone. So in all this season they have fishing at Ballygally, Ballinlovane, Inchinleama (Mono’s), Bill Mac’s, Carrogane, Gairha and Magners.

Slainte an bhradan indeed!

Go Fishing…

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Ballyduff Bridge fisheries control a number of beats of the Munster Blackwater. The Ballyduff Bridge beat is almost a mile long offering a huge variety of water and is particularly suited to fly fishing. Upstream near the village of Ballyhooley (a few miles outside the town of Fermoy, Cork) we have two beats. The Ballincurrig Beat is one of the most beautiful locations along the river and has an excellent piece of fly water flowing into a deep pool. Just downstream on the opposite bank we have a short but productive beat, called Magners. This beat fishes also well in high water.

Contact  Conie Corcoran:
Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.

Mobile: +353 (0)87 6918230.

Blackwater Salmon Fishery

Blackwater Salmon Fishery has 3 beats downstream of the weir and 2 upstream of the weir. Blackwater Salmon Fishery offers fishing on approximately 5 miles of the river Blackwater. The fishing is spread throughout the middle section of the river to offer good sport throughout the fishing season. Due to the location of the beats, fishing can still usually be offered in low or high water.

Contact Glenda Powell:
Lismore, Co Waterford,

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +353 (0) 872351260 Telephone: +353 (0) 5853929

Blackwater Salmon Fishing

With various beats on the river Blackwater in County Waterford, Blackwater Salmon Fishing aim to provide you with the best fishing experience possible; including specifically chosen stretches of the river to achieve the best results. I pride myself on giving you, my clients, a warm Irish welcome. That includes providing you with my personal fishing service and knowledge of 40+ years fishing these rivers.

Contact John Landers
Ballyduff, Co. Waterford

Mobile: +353 (0)86 3197790
Email: [email protected]

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