Salmon anglers who were looking forward to getting out on the Munster Blackwater yesterday were disappointed with the floods that put a stop to their plans. Handfuls of anglers who live local the river went to its banks to mark the day, but as well as missing the fishing found they missed the friends and camaraderie of a normal opening day.

Munster Blackwater in flood
The flood through falling rain – Blackwater Trout and Salmon Fishery

It looks like water levels are still rising and there is still some more rain to come. Water levels on the Munster Blackwater at Ballyduff Bridge peaked at 2.17m yesterday before dropping back a little overnight. The river is rising again though and levels are already at back to 2.11m and with continuing rain over the catchment will rise a bit more through the day.

water level graph
Water levels on the Munster Blackwater at Ballyduff Bridge

Over the last few days we’ve been sharing some of the salmon angling videos from Noel Fitzmaurice from the Blackwater Fishery who has some great advice on tippet.

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Noel’s notes: Salmon Fishing Ireland – What tippet do I need ? In this video I give my advice , from the banks of the Munster Blackwater in Ireland, on what tippet you need to get you through the Salmon fishing season.

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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

Blackwater Trout and Salmon Fishery
Blackwater Trout and Salmon Fishery controls 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  Jason 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: Email: [email protected]
Tel: (00353) 87 8292077 or 058 75299

Blackwater Salmon Anglers, Mallow

We provide Day Tickets for some prime Salmon fishing in Mallow Co. Cork. We have excellent fly water, shrimping worming and spinning also. We also have very competitive Day rates and we have very recently upgraded our fishing.

Tickets available from “The Bridge House” and “Vincent Downes Menswear” Mallow.

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Upper Bridgetown Salmon Fishery

Located on the Munster Blackwater in the south of Ireland. Situated mid river between the towns of Fermoy and Mallow. A productive left bank beat in stunning surroundings.

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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