End of season on Munster Blackwater marked by good catches

The Munster Blackwater finished well after a flood put the river out of order for much of the last week of the season…

28 September: The river was in a big flood today – this photo from Glenda Powell at at Blackwater Salmon Fishery gives an idea of conditions…



29 September: There were two salmon caught and released today on the Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery. The lucky anglers were Ben Riley and Stuart McDowell.


Salmon about to be released on the last day at Ballyduff Bridge.
Salmon about to be released on the last day at Ballyduff Bridge.


30 September: Connie Corcoran reports a good end to the season at the Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery with ten fish being hooked on the beats; eight landed and all eight released. Connie sent a huge well done to Stuart Mcdowell landing his first ever fish on the fly. Glenda Powell tells us her anglers had a wonderful day with some great fish caught for some great people today. All the fish were released. Among the anglers was Glenda herself, finishing her 20th season on the river with this nice salmon.


Glenda on the last day.
Glenda on the last day.


Glenda said “This has been a great year for our fishery despite low water conditions for most of the year. Alternative methods of fly fishing such as hitching flies, stripping micro trebles and using techniques suitable for the conditions have really paid off for some anglers this season. We hosted many courses on Spey Casting, Low Water Techniques, Hitching and Skagit Casting, and we will be running these again next season. “We were very pleased with the numbers of salmon caught this season and also the size of some of the fish were very impressive for the River Blackwater.  We caught two salmon over 20lb and numerous salmon in the 15-20lb bracket. A large percentage of our fish were safely returned again this year.”


Go Fishing…

Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages
The Fortwilliam Fishery offers three and a half miles of double bank salmon and trout fishing on the Blackwater river and includes the infamous Lismore Castle beat.
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: info@fortwilliamfishing.ie
Tel: +353 (0)87 – 8292 077 or +353 (0)58 75299.

Blackwater Salmon Fishery
Blackwater Salmon Fishery has three beats downstream of the weir and two upstream of the weir. Blackwater Salmon Fishery offers fishing on approximately five 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: info@blackwatersalmonfishery.com
Mobile: +353 (0)87 – 2351 260
Telephone: +353 (0)58 – 53929
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
Web: www.blackwatersalmon.ie

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.

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