The End of an Era

Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery closes it’s doors!

Little did I realise when I closed the doors of the Lodge on October 1st. this year that it would be for the very last time.
At that stage I was already making plans for the 2016 season.

Only recently did I discover that the melanoma I have been living with since late 2004 has once again appeared as two small tumours.
Fortunately, my genetic make-up means that this may well be successfully treated with a new immunotherapy drug called Yervoy.
I will be starting this treatment just before Christmas but may also require surgery at some stage next year.

In recent years, running the Lodge has required a very much “hands-on” approach
to steer it through difficult times for the salmon angling tourism business. 
With the impending treatment regime I cannot commit to continuing in this way, so have decided
that it is time to close the Lodge & concentrate on fighting for good health (& a lot more fishing!) in the years to come.

Blackwater Lodge Guesthouse, self-catering bungalows & freehold fishing rights will be put on the market for sale as a whole or in lots.
Please contact me for details if you are interested on:  or by phone on +353 58 60235 or +353 87 2352120 (mobile).

I would like to think that I have been a good ambassador for the Cork Blackwater during the 30 years
which I have run the Lodge. But as one era draws to a close, a new one begins.

My estranged wife Glenda is starting a new fishing & guiding business (Blackwater Salmon Fishing)
and will take over the best beats that the Lodge has controlled over the last 30 years.
Whilst she will not run accommodation herself, she will offer a network of accommodation providers
in the area to include hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs & self-catering cottages.

She has my whole-hearted support in this new venture, & has a wealth of experience based on seventeen years at the Lodge.
I am sure she will have a long continuing involvement with salmon angling tourism in the Blackwater valley
as she is the same age as I was when I bought the Lodge back in 1986.
Her contact details are:

Glenda Powell    Email:

Blackwater Salmon Fishery, West Street, Lismore, Co. Waterford

     Telephone: +353 58 53 929        Mobile: +353 87 235 12 60


Salmon Fishing on Ireland's Cork Blackwater river

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Ireland's Premier
Salmon Fishing Lodge

Stay in a specialised fishing lodge dedicated to salmon angling.

Fish for wild Atlantic Salmon 
in the heart of the
South of Ireland
on exclusive private beats 
on the world-renowned
Cork Blackwater,

Ireland's most prolific
salmon river.

Located in beautiful country!
Your one-stop shop for
Irish salmon fishing.

Everything in the one centre 
- Guesthouse & self-catering accommodation, tackle shop, smokery & guides plus
superb beat information 

And above all -
numerous beats providing
private, exclusive &
uncrowded fishing rights 
on the most prolific
sections of the river!

Take me home, Mum!
Ian Jnr. after a good day
on the river!


Our Season closed on September 30

The Total Catch for the season was 493.

September 30

Ian Powell - 14lb. released.
It was caught at Carrahulta
on Carrig on the upper river.



The river was in absolutely perfect order
for the last few two days of the season
falling from it's peak of 2.58m
on September 15 to 0.37m on the 30th.
with superb clarity.

September 28

Gary Lamont - 15lb. released.
It was also caught at Carrahulta
on Carrig on the upper river.

Best Day for 2015 - August 8th.!

Eighteen fish caught for just 19 rod days in total.

Best Catch per Rod Day ever recorded for both June & July!

Both months recorded 0.6 fish/rod day!

Best Fish on Fly - August 11!

A 13 pounder released by Dan Hawker at the Hut on Kents on the lower river.

Best June Total since 2002!

88 salmon & grilse to 14lb. caught for just 180 rod days.

Best Fish for 2015!

A French angler landed a 17 pounder at the Wood Pool on Ballyhooly on September 18.

2015 Fish

Second Best
So Far!
September 28

Best on Fly!
August 11

August 9

August 11

August 14

First Ever!
August 30

September 2

September 13

First on
September 13

First Ever!
September 28

September 30


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Superb water for fly fishing.  Learn flycasting with our instructors - from beginner to advanced spey casting. 
Fly-only anglers don't share beats with spin/bait anglers. 
No beat over-crowding.  Normal limit: Two fly anglers per beat.

Spin / Bait fishing.

Superb water for spinning or bait fishing. 
Shrimp & worm also allowed. 
Tuition in all methods of fishing available. 
Normal limit: Four anglers per beat.

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Salmon Fly-casting Tuition

With Glenda Powell (APGAI-Ireland:   both Single & Double hand).
Emerald World Masters Ladies Salmon Distance Champion.

 Glenda is the Lodge proprietress & resident instructor. 
She is one of the highest qualified female salmon instructors 
in the world, & teaches all levels from beginner to the 
most advanced forms of spey-casting.

The Lodge is situated in a superb location looking down on to the river
(as seen in the photo to the right).

Over the years, many hundreds of anglers from all over the world have had that rare privilege of catching their First Ever salmon with us on the Blackwater.
"Just wanted to say thank you very much
for a hugely enjoyable day yesterday.
Everything about it was run so professionally
and to such a high standard that
I couldn't recommend it highly enough. 
And, Glenda, my thanks to you for
decoding what seemed to me to be a
complicated and mystical process
into something that I have
understanding and confidence in.
I can't wait now to get back out
onto the river to start catching fish!"   

Daire Whelan - February, 2008


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