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from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !

15th July 2009: FISHING REPORT:  Co. Waterford, Ireland
by Ian Powell
of Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery

A 4 foot Flood should bring even better Runs of Salmon!

Following a blank first week of July, fishing picked up considerably on Monday, July 6th. as reported in the last newsletter on July 7th.

Since the 7th., the river has been rather coloured & peat-stained, but fish have been caught every day since, albeit with few anglers out on the river.
The water was very peaty, which meant fish weren’t taking so well and quite a number of fish were lost, including several double–figure fish.
On some days (notably Wednesday) - good runs of fish were seen going through the lower beats, consisting of both grilse and larger fish.
It is very encouraging to see these big fresh fish still running at this time, & interesting to note that all of them were caught on the lower beats.

To summarise the week:
In the 6 days from the 6th. to the 11th., 15 fish were taken - including 5 in the 10-12lb class, 6 in the 6-10lb class & 4 grilse.
As the rains fell yesterday, and the river started to rise slowly, one angler caught & returned a coloured cock of ~12lb. on fly
and lost another silver fish estimated at ~16lb. after playing it for 15 mins - again on fly.


Glenda - 10˝lb. Caught & released on
the Island Stream - Lower Kilmurry (Beat 6)


Mark Dempsey - 11.1lb with sea-lice.
 Taken on spinner at the Forge Flat
 on Beat 3 - Ballinaroone.

Yesterday – Saturday – a band of heavy rain swept right across the catchment.  23mm fell here in Ballyduff.
There are more heavy showers forecast for tomorrow - Monday - & a few for Tuesday, after which the weather should become drier.
The river is out of order today, but should improve as the week goes on. It has already fallen considerably on the upper river,
having risen from 0.25m to 1.20m yesterday (11th.) & is now back to  0.50m to 15.00 today.
Here at Ballyduff on the lower river, the level peaked @ 1.60m @ 08.00am this morning, but has already fallen to 1.30m @ 15.00.


A good flood at this time of year should ensure great runs of fish once it starts to fine off, so the prospects for the coming weeks look extremely good.
The pattern looks to be repeating what we have seen in the two previous summers which both produced superb fishing from July to September.
Similar conditions in 2008 produced 117 salmon for July, 422 for August & 421 for September!

The rainfall & river height at Ballyduff for the last month.

Fish Caught vs: Rod Effort for the last month.

The Blackwater today at 10.00am.
Gauge peaking @ 1.60m @ 08.00am.
River Heights up- & down-stream in the last 5 days.

We have availability of rods & accommodation in the next couple of weeks.
There is limited availability for late summer and backend weeks, so contact us quickly if you are thinking of fishing then.

Where to meet us

Glenda is fly-casting demonstrator at the Waterville Seatrout Festival at the end of next week (July 18/19).
She'll be hosting sessions on both single- and double-handed casting techniques on the world-famous Butlers Pool from 10.00 to 2.00pm both days.

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/

Twice weekly training sessions for the girls team in front of the Lodge.

Employment Opportunity
Glenda is looking for an enthusiastic person - who is preferably interested in salmon fishing -
to join her lodge staff team from mid august until the 1 October.
If anyone is interested (and I know that most of you would love to, but just can't give up your day job
or family commitments!)  then please contact me at [email protected]
Male or female. Main responsibilities - breakfast cooking & house-keeping.

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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