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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:51 PM

Best Day of the 2012 Season so far…………………….!

As expected the river came into excellent order today. The gauge at Ballyduff was on 0.58m this morning & only fell very slowly during the day to 0.55m at dusk. The clarity was a good three feet on the lower river.
The upper river also dropped only very slowly but has fined off very well & clarity is around 4 feet.
There were a number of reports of fish moving on the upper river - albeit somewhat sporadically.

Four fish were caught in total for the day by just nine rods fishing and there were 2 fish lost at the net. Three fish fish came from the upper river - 2 on spinner & 2 on the fly - of which 2 were released.
Two were extremely fresh (sea-lice just fallen off) & one had been in for 1/2 weeks.
There was one very fresh fish caught on spinner on the lower river, but none seen.

Superb prospects for tomorrow. We'll have to see how much rain falls Monday to ascertain the prospects for the week.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:05 PM

The Second Biggest Flood of the Season!

58mm rain fell in the 36 hours to yesterday morning.
Yesterday was pretty much dry throughout the catchment.
There is some more rain forecast for Monday & Thursday this week.

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This is the graph of the height of the river at Killavullen.
It was falling Friday night but started to rise again at 06.00am yesterday before falling again a few hours later. It rose 24cm, peaking once more @ 13.30 in the afternoon.


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The river at Ballyduff showed similar behaviour.
The level was down to 2.14m at 14.00 yesterday, but also rose again to
2.25m by 18.00 yesterday evening. This morning it is down to 1.65m @ 07.00, though the clarity is very good considering the height.

The river is too high to fish today (Sunday 17th.) & there is more rain forecast for Monday & Thursday this week.
This said, an Italian party guided by Glenda have caught a grilse by 12.00 – a First Ever Salmon!
One angler fishing a lower beat on the 13th. reported a run of "VERY" large fish running through during the day.

We have caught 29 so far for June for just 48 rod days which is remarkable.
The upper river (Ballyhooly to Mallow) is fishing much better than the lower river.
25 of the 29 caught have come from above. The daily totals are:

June 2: 6 to 9.1lb.
June 5: 2 to 7lb.
June 6: 11 to 10.3lb.
June 10: 1 of 5.7lb.
June 11: 4 to 11lb.
June 12: 3 to 6lb.
June 13: 1 of 5lb.
June 14: 1 of 9.5lb.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:04 PM

On Monday 9th., 6 fish were caught (including the 13lb. First Salmon in last blog entry) making it the Fifth Best Day of the season. This included a couple of sea-liced fish from the lower river from Kilmurry & Kents.

On Tuesday 10th., 9 fish were caught which made this the Third Best Day of 2012.
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Mike Whelan caught these three fish all between 9-10lb. on Kilmurry on the lower river.

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Stefan Kadlubowski released this 9½ pounder on fly on the Wood Flat on Woodstream.


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Joe Tynan caught his first fish on the fly yesterday too.

It weighed 4lb. & was caught on the Castle Flat on Ballyhooly.

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Both the upper & lower river are dropping today but slowly due to the localised showers.
Yesterday both rose - the upper by a foot to 1.81m & the lower by 15cm.
They are down to 1.61m & 0.88m respectively this morning.
Clarity is fair here @ ~2-2½ feet. It is similar upriver. Some quite heavy localised showers are still keeping the river topped up.
The heavy rain forecast for today fell south of the catchment.

Superb prospects for the coming weekend.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

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The river had dropped off & started to fine down on Friday 24th., which was the joint third Best Day of the Season with 10 fish to 13.4lb. caught.
Heavy localised showers caused the upper river to river yet again on Saturday. It was completely out of order for Saturday 25th.
This was the picture for the upper river up to this morning.

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The lower river was also completely unfishable yesterday (Sat. 25th.)
Today the clarity has improved somewhat to 1 - 1.5 feet on the lower river & about 2 feet on the upper river.
I already have a report of a very fresh 5 pounder caught on an upper beat just below Mallow today after only 3 casts.

Friday 25th. was our Third Best Day of 2012. A total of 10 fish to 13.4lb. were caught.
One rod had four fish from our top beat just below Mallow. Another landed 3 at Bridgetown, keeping only a 13.4lb. & releasing 2 grilse.
The total for August so far is 89 to 13.9lb. for just 129 rod days - a superb result considering the flood conditions & low rod effort!
The season total to day is 375.

There looks to be yet more rain from tonight to Wednesday!!!!!!!
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:00 PM

The Extension to October 12th.

There are very few places in the Republic where you can fish for salmon up to October 12. We are fortunate enough to
have been granted this on a trial basis for this year, as our runs of fish seem to be coming later and later each year.
The extension is Fly Only, Single Barbless & Catch & release.

Special Late Offer €60/day.
To ensure that we have plenty of rods fishing to help collect data, we are now offering
fishing from now until October 12th. for just €60/rod day.

Promising Prospects.
We have experienced the same phenomenon as most rivers in September with fish being very reluctant to take.
We have however a very large head of fish in the system, with lots of fish being seen on most beats each day.

Fly Works Best!
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For September, the fly caught more fish that all the other methods put together which bodes well for the Fly Only extension.
The September total was 138 of which 74 fell to fly. 93 of the fish were released.

The last 12 days of September saw 75 fish caught - of which 41 fell to fly.

Whilst fish were elusive, some anglers managed to do very well.
Gerard Bonnet's 3 rod party from Britanny, France caught 27 fish to 13lb. for their week including 8 on the fly.

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Terry McDermott's party from N. Ireland also had 7 to 10lb. - all on fly. This fish was taken by Terry himself
on the 29th. on the lower river. It weighed 9.9lb, & was covered in sea-lice.

Gauge height at Killavullen on the upper river.
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Moderate amounts of rain have given us a small (11cm) fresh on the upper river on October 1st.
Hopefully this will encourage more fresh fish to run.

Gauge Height & Rainfall at Ballyduff
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This translated into a 6cm fresh on the lower river. The water clarity is superb.

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This was the river yesterday at midday.
Height 0.39m
Perfect medium high summer level.
Clarity ~ 5 feet.
Absolutely ideal fly conditions.

Just 9 Days of the season remaining!
We have availability of rods and accommodation to October 12th - which is of course fly only - C&R.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

Affordable Salmon Fishing for 2013

We’ve now made the cost of salmon fishing so low,
you hardly need waders!


With the worldwide recession, fishery owners, lodges and guides across the globe are reducing their charges
so that salmon anglers can keep fishing and new anglers can be attracted to the sport.

In Ireland, the Blackwater Lodge - in conjunction with its beat owners - is leading the way
by now making salmon fishing more affordable for everyone.


Cast your eye on this...............

For the 2013 season, fishing rates on the Lodge beats will range from €15 per day to €80 per day in the prime time.
Some of these rates reflect a reduction on 2012 prices of over 50%.
Click here for our 2013 Price List http://www.ireland-s...s/pricelist.htm

We have exclusive use of 11 prime beats on the famous Cork Blackwater, all insured and each one subject
to an on-going, rigorous maintenance programme to guarantee your safety, comfort and enjoyment.

Stay Where You Like
Just because you’re fishing Lodge waters doesn’t mean you have to stay with us.
If you do, you can choose to stay in the Lodge, bed and breakfast, for only €35 per night (single supplement €10).
Or choose from a variety of self-catering bungalows on the grounds for only €80 per day up to a four-bedroom version for €500 a week.
Packed lunches and evening meals are available.
There is also a wide selection of hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs in the area, if that’s your preference.


Next Step or First Step?
Whether you’ve been looking for affordable, quality salmon fishing; or feel it’s something you’d like to try, this is probably the best opportunity you’ll ever have.
It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s absorbing and salmon anglers are a great community to belong to. Male and female.


So get in touch today and book casting tuition or a few days fishing – without getting out of your depth on cost.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

One Fish – Two Firsts!


The First Fish of the Season was caught on the Lodge beats yesterday.

It was taken by Gary Byrne from Dungarvan on spinner, weighed 9.65lb & was sea-liced.

It was his First Ever Salmon and his first visit to the Lodge.

 

Like most special events at the Lodge, there’s a story…………………………………………….

I had sent Gary & his mate Mark to fish on Upper & Lower Kilmurry and they arrived there about 10.00am.

For those of you that know the Lodge, Glenda was teaching at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry (her Office!).

 

I called in to see her, then left at 12.00 to head for Fermoy. As I was driving away, I glanced into the top field
(“The Inches”) of Upper Kilmurry and saw Gary - rod bent – looking as if he was into a fish.
I stopped, shouted to him to confirm & then parked & hastened down the field to him.
He was on the high bank at the tail of the Inches with an obviously fresh springer played out.
Unable to tail it out, we nervously waited for Mark to appear having returned to the Hut Pool some 400 yards away

to get the net. I landed the fish and the smile on his face really does say it all!

 

The fish was tagged and entered into Gary’s logbook even although it wasn’t a kelt!

If you don’t understand this ironic joke go and read all about the logging controversy on our Facebook pages! 

 

The river is now fining off nicely, and it is only now that we can really fish with confidence
as there is already a good head of spring fish through the system even to the upper river.


The forecast is for continuing dry cool weather, so the river will be coming into excellent condition
& the chances of catching a springer must be very good in the coming days.

I just had a phone call from the river to tell me that there are good numbers of springers showing on Kilmurry.

 

The first fish of the season off the river had been reported on Tuesday on Killavullen club waters 20 miles upstream.
This is probably the first time in living memory that the first fish of the season has been recorded this far upstream.

Obviously a consequence of the high water & mild temperatures we have had since the beginning of January.

 

On Wednesday 20th., one of our rods lost a sea-liced fish of 8-10lb at the bank - he had forgotten his net!
He also saw half a dozen fresh springers.


The same day there was also a report of a sea-liced fish caught on another private lower beat.



 


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:23 PM

The river is in absolutely fantastic order. The gauge is on 0.49m this morning with clarity ~6 feet.

The water temperature is 7.6°C @ 10.00 today. Air: +7°C


 


 

It's in perfect order for the fly at the moment.

This kelt below was caught by 17 year old Dan Hawker on fly at the Lug Pool on Lower Kilmurry.

it was an absolutely superbly conditioned fish that was duly released (and logged of course!!!!!)

All the spent fish are very well mended & fight like hell.

So if you are fishing here, make sure you don't confuse them with a fresh one - it's easily done.

 

Prospects

The weather looks as if it'll be broken in the run-up to next weekend but without appreciable amounts of rainfall.

This means we can probably expect conditions to remain quite stable through the week.

The run of springers was good the week before last when our first two were hooked.

Since then we are seeing occasional ones, but none have been hooked.



 


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:30 PM

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We are having a period of dry weather now which is due continue until well into next week.

Following the big flood on the 22nd., the river is now fining off very well

and will only improve further in the coming days.

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The Ballyduff gauge is on 0.70m at 5.00pm today.

Beats on the upper river are now in fly order, and some of the lower beats

should be fly-fishable by tomorrow & all of them should be in fly order by the weekend.

Temperatures are cold with the air struggling to get to 5C during the day & is about 0 to +2C at night.

The water on the lower river is just over 7C & on the upper river it is only about 4.5C

We have high (3.9m) tides for the next couple of days, so hopefully this

- combined with the flood fining off - will encourage more fish to move in.

Prospects are looking very good for the Easter weekend.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 02:52 PM

Superb Salmon Fishing in the Last Week....................................

 

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With the spell of dry weather, the river has fined off to summer level.

The Ballyduff gauge is now on 0.26m this morning & the clarity is 4-5 feet.

The forecast for the week is dry except for some light rain perhaps on Wednesday & Thursday.

 

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We have had superb fishing in the last week. For the 7 days to Saturday 10th.,

we have taken 108 fish to 12lb. for just 87 rod days. The August total is 118

which is already the best for the month for the last 4 years - & this is only in the first 10 days!

 

Fresh fish are continuing to run in good numbers.

One angler who was fishing our top beat just below Mallow (28 miles/45km upriver)

caught 4 sea-liced grilse in one hour in the late afternoon & lost 2 more.

 

Prospects

Excellent for the coming week. Very small flies are the most successful.

There's no problem for availability for fishing & accommodation for most of August.


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