Updates from the Munster Blackwater…

Blackwater Salmon Fishery

Catch of the Week winner Liam lands his salmon

Thank you to all who came to the Young Person’s Day on Saturday to help and also to all the young people for attending. We had fun and the day started off with Liam (11 years old) catching a lovely fresh salmon on the fly at the hut pool for all to witness. We talked about the lifecycle of the salmon, the salmon of knowledge story, St Patrick and the Salmon story. We kick sampled to see what lives in the river and the trees and bushes around. We dissected a salmon learning about the internal and external anatomy and had a wonderful BBQ after fishing.  Thanks also to Inland Fisheries Ireland who helped with the day and to Billy who donated the BBQ food, to Sean and Eoin Foran who supplied the butterfly nets and to Southside Angling and Tadhg Collins who supplied flies and snacks.

Since then the River has seen a good bit of action and on Monday and Tuesday some great double figure fish were caught and released.

Pete Turner
Pete Turner about to release his salmon on Monday

Glenda Powell

Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

Saturday kicked off quickly this morning at 9am with a fine grilse on fly off Cable Island on the lower river.  This was followed by another of ~5lb on fly at lunchtime from Ballincurrig on the upper river. The total fish caught for June is now 16 of which 10 fell to fly.
Nine have been caught on the upper river & seven on the lower beats.

Cable Island beat
Cable Island beat on the Blackwater

Hans Schlect fished the upper beats on Monday 24 June and caught and released an extremely fresh fish of approximately 20lb on fly on Ballincurrig. He then moved to our very top beat Ballygarrett (just below Mallow) where he caught & released a rather coloured fish of ~12lb again on fly.

There were also reports of a couple of fish of 10 & 16lb caught just above Lismore & another double-figure fish also on the lower river.

It’s very interesting that the fish caught today were double-figure fish. Evidently the small rise has brought in late May fish that were probably lingering in the tidal reaches.
Let’s hope that there will be more of these fish caught in the coming days & that the grilse run will also become more prolific.

Jason Corcoran

Fortwilliam Fishery

We had with plenty of fish caught and released last week but also a lot of fish lost. Robert Celement party from Germany had 4 fish off the Castle beat all on fly and all released so fair play to these guys as first time on the fishery. Pat Boland had a nice grilse of 5lbs. Fergus Crawford had 3 grilse. Shay Lynham had 2 grilse for his couple of days with us. Stephen Liggins from the U.K had a nice grilse.

Following Sunday’s rain we had 2 cracking fish landed were landed on Monday. Mike Brazendale from the UK with his 10lb fish released off the Glenmore beat. While Robert Celement from Germany had a 16lb fish off the Ellis beat.

Paul Whelan

Go Fishing…

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
Web: www.blackwatersalmonfishery.com

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.

Tel: +353 (0)586 0146
Mobile: +353 (0)87 720 5690

Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages

Fortwilliam Fishery offers two miles of double bank salmon and trout fishing over five beats on the river Blackwater.
Our salmon include – Springers, May Salmon, Grilse, Back End Salmon, and in Summer sea trout.
Our beats provide a wide variety of water, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced fishermen.
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