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from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !

1st July 2009: FISHING REPORT:  Co. Waterford, Ireland
by Ian Powell
of Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery

Ian wins Lifetime Commitment Award
At the pre-fair Press Reception at the Irish Country Game Fair & Country Lifestyle Festival
at Shane's Castle in Co. Antrim last weekend - June 27 & 28th., Ian was honoured with
Irish Country Sports & Country Life's award for his dedication to salmon conservation and
promoting Ireland as a salmon fishing destination.

Where to meet us
Glenda is once again demonstrating fly-casting at the Irish Game & Country Fair
at Birr Castle in Co. Offaly on August 22/23. We will also have a stand at the Fair.
She has a special show planned featuring a team selected from some of the 10-12 year old girls
who have been on her Fishstart programme this year in the Blackwater Valley.
Country Channel TV filmed at Shanes Castle fair last weekend & will also film at Birr
so watch out for Glenda on http://www.countrychannel.tv

Improving Fishing
Our total catch for May was 53 salmon averaging 8.1lb for only 182 rod days
This was the third best ever recorded & the best since 1996.
Last year we had only 22 for May averaging 7.3lb for 132 rod days.

Our total catch for June was 51 salmon averaging 8.2lb for only 171 rod days
Last year for June we had only 21 salmon averaging 8.0lb for 271 rod days.

Not only is the average size of the fish increasing, but the catch/rod day has shown a huge increase.
Catch per Rod Day
Year May June
2008 0.17 0.08
2009 0.29 0.30

The average number of rods fishing per beat each day for May & June 2009 was 0.36
compared to 0.41 for the same period last year - a reduction of 12% in fishing effort
but which yielded a 142% increase in the number of fish caught
One can only conjecture what the catch would be if more rods were fishing.

The grilse run is picking up with more & more being seen running each day.
This also coincides with reports of large numbers of grilse off the West Coast
which are moving in towards the coast to run the rivers.
Grilse normally don't need high water levels to encourage them to run,
but it looks as if we may have an increase in water height as the latest forecast
for the Cork area on the Metcheck website is for 35mm of rain tomorrow (Thursday July 2).

We have availability of rods & accommodation in the next couple of weeks.
Late summer and backend weeks are now almost full, so contact us quickly if you are thinking of fishing then.

Best Regards & Tight Lines!
Ian Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
(Voted Best Fly Fishing Guesthouse/Hotel 2006 by the readers of the UK magazine Today's Flyfisher!)
Upper Ballyduff
Co. Waterford
Tel: 00 353 58 60235 Web: http://www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net




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