The Cork (or Munster) Blackwater River
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|"The Island Stream"
The Munster Blackwater is
Ireland’s second largest river next to the mighty Shannon.
It rises in the mountains of East Kerry, flowing eastwards for 75 miles (120 km) through Counties Cork and Waterford until it enters the sea at Youghal in East Cork.
It has a catchment area of more than 1,200 square miles.
It’s also an extremely beautiful river and has well deserved the title “the Irish Rhine”.
As a large mature river, it is not subject to the whims of the weather, like a typical spate river, and consequently can provide excellent fishing even in low water.
It has extensive tidal reaches, stretching for approximately 20 miles from the estuary mouth at Youghal to Lismore. This provides a unique haven for salmon and seatrout
in low water conditions when they are waiting to run the main river.
The best of the salmon fishing is to be found between the tidal limit just below the bridge
at Lismore and up as far as Mallow (approximately 45 river miles upstream).
Below Fermoy, there is an excellent mixture of fly runs, glides and deeper pools.
The fish can run unhindered through the lower river until they encounter the weir at Careysville. The Blackwater Lodge has four beats downstream of the weir.
Compared to most other Irish
rivers (notably the Moy)
|Salmon Fishing Season:||February 1 - September 30|
Four Distinct Salmon Runs
|Spring:||From Opening Day on
February 1st. through April,
spring salmon from 8 - 20 lb.in the deeper, cold water lies.
|Grilse:||Late April to the
end of July. The early run is mainly fish in the 5 - 7
dropping by late June to 2 - 4 lb. when the prolific run is at its peak.
|Early Summer:||Late May/early June.
Salmon in the 10 - 15 lb. class run for 2 - 3 weeks,
coinciding with the onset of the grilse run
|Backend:||Through August & September. Larger salmon from 8 - 20 lb.|
|Seatrout:||From late May on - fish to 3lb. or more, especially in the lower beats.|
In years when the river is high and temperatures are mild in
January, we would expect an early run of spring salmon.
Under way in May:
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