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:
info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net  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:  glenda@ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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

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

 

Fishing the fly on the Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry - Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery Beat 6.
Salmon Fishing on Ireland's Cork Blackwater river

 

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Current Situation & Prospects

This report is usually updated every day during the season, so if you are interested
in a fishing trip, keep logging on to the site to be informed on the latest prospects.

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

15
lb
Best on Fly!
August 11


13lb.
August 9

11lb.
August 11

13lb.
August 14

First Ever!
August 30

8lb
released
September 2

12lb.
September 13

First on
spinner
September 13

First
Ever!
September 28

15lb.
September 30

14lb.

Click on photos to go to 2015 Gallery pages for larger images
Click Here to go to the Galleries Page (Monthly Photo Galleries for previous years)

Click here for: Real-time & reference photos of the river below the Lodge

Photo Galleries for Recent & Historical Captures.
 

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Distances from Ballyduff gauge to upriver gauges:

Fermoy:    20km

Ballyhooly:    26km

Killavullen:    37km
Mallow:    47km
Millstreet;    80km
----No gauge. Reference point

 

Gauge Height & Water Temperature Graphs for Main River & Tributaries

Site River Location Height (Last) Temperature (Last
1. Owentaraglin Ahane Bridge Day Week 5 Weeks N/A N/A N/A
2. Blackwater Gortageen (Millstreet) Day Week 5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
3. Glen Kanturk Day Week 5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
4. Allow Kanturk Day Week 5 Weeks N/A N/A N/A
5. Blackwater Mallow Day Week 5 Weeks N/A N/A N/A
6. Blackwater Killavullen Day Week 5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
7. Awbeg Castletownroche Weir Day Week 5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
  Blackwater Fermoy Day Week  5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
8. Funshion (Upper) Kildorrery Day Week 5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
9. Funshion (Lower) Kilworth Day Week 5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
  Blackwater Clondulane Day Week  5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks
10. Blackwater Ballyduff Day Week  5 Weeks Day Week 5 Weeks

Full Report on My Daily Fishing Blog




Please note that I have now changed this page
and will be posting the daily information to my
Daily Fishing Blog
so that it can be seen historically. 


 

1997 - 2012 Salmon Catch Statistics

Year Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. TOTAL
1997 1 13     8   24 184  140   138  326       834
1998 1 3    10   25 160  296   268  352    1,115
1999 3 15    17   41 129    79   173  266       723
2000 1 3    12   51 216  263   130  283       959
2001 2 Closed F&M   31 160  118   208  254       774
2002 2 4     6     9 132  137   197  282       769
2003 3 13     9   49   80  162     94  143       553
2004 14 8    22   23   49    86   353  524    1,079
2005 5 6     6   29   70  114   108  309       647
2006 1 17   38   39   50    61     47  407       660
2007 1 5   12    8   44   115   273  330       802

2008

5 4 14 22   21  17  422  421   1,025

2009

1 5 11 53   51  87  197  209      614

2010

- 4   2 11   24 169  106  336      652

2011

3 6   3 45   61   71    93  249      531

2012

5 4   8 40   77  153    96  138     8    521

2013

1 3 12 17   63    46  184  220   37    583
2014 2 8 11 21   51    31    35   71   29    260
2015 1 9   4 18   88  125  123 125 -    493


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Current Situation & Prospects
on My Daily Fishing Blog)

Please note that I have now changed this page
and will be posting the daily information to the Blog
so that it can also be seen historically. 


 
Fermoy Webcam
  Pictures below are examples. Click images for realtime view.

2015 Salmon Catch by Lure

Method

Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Total
                Fly     1 10  30    73  37   29 180
        Spinner 1 8 3   8  19    23  49   43 154
           Worm          17    22    7   19  65
         Shrimp   1      22     7   30   34  94
            Total 1 9 4  18  88 125 123 125 493
      Released 1 3     7  53   68   61 102 295

Lodge Fishing Report Blog

 Highlights
 
August 7:  BEST DAY OF SEASON. Fifteen fish to 6lb. caught on the upper river for just
                10 rod days - 14 on spinner.
August 8:  New BEST DAY OF SEASON. Eighteen fish to 8lb. caught on the upper river for just
                19 rod days - 9 on fly. 7 on spinner & 1 each on worm & prawn.
August 9:  Third Best Day of the Season. Fourteen fish to 11lb. were caught. Seven fell to fly,
                 four to spinner & three to shrimp. The water is fining off to superb fly order.
                 Best at 11lb. was taken by Frank Ryan on the lower river & there were more
                 better fish than in previous days with fish of 9, 8 & four 6 pounders caught.
August 28:  Six fish to 12lb. The biggest by Dave McDowell (N. Ireland) & including a
                  First Ever Salmon for Jerome Guiry (Dungarvan).
August 29:  Ten fish to 11lb reported including a First Ever Salmon for Jesus Tena (Spain).
August 30:  Seven fish - 6 from one beat on the upper river.
August 31:  Five fish - 3 from one beat on the upper river. 2 on fly.
September 1:  12.00  Already two fish reported - one each from the upper & lower river.
September 2:  Two fish of 10 & 12lb. from the lower river.
September 3:  Four fish to 13lb. from the upper river & one on fly from the lower river.
September 4:  Three fish from the upper river - one on fly.
September 5:  Two First Ever Salmon for Perman Orazov (Dubai) - one sea-liced!
September 6:  One very fresh fish on fly from the lower river.
September 7:  Two 6lb fish from the lower river - one on fly.
September 8:  Two fish from the upper river.
September 9:  Three fish to 6lb. Two from the lower river.
September 11: One fish caught.  A First Ever on prawn for Michael Taylor (N. Ireland).
September 12:  River in flood.
September 13: Two fish caught.  A First Ever Salmon for Colwyn Thompson (NI)
                        & a First Ever on on spinner for Michael Taylor (N. Ireland).
September 16: Six fish caught - 3 each from the upper & lower river. 3 to one rod.
September 17:  JOINT FIFTH BEST DAY! 11 grilse caught.
September 18:  BEST FISH OF SEASON. JOINT FOURTH BEST DAY! 13 fish caught
                         including a 17 pounder on spinner from the upper river
                         & a First Ever for Michael McArdle on fly - also upriver.
September 19:  Three fish to 12lb. caught - all on fly. A number of good fish lost of fly.
September 20:  Seven fish - including a 14lb released on fly by Terry McDermott (NI),
                         First & Second Ever Salmon for 14 yr old Claudio Kaderli (Switzerland)
                         & a First Salmon for David Looney (Cork).
September 21:  Four fish to 8lb. caught.
September 22:  Three fish - two fresh fish on spinner & one on fly.
September 23:  BEST CATCH FROM ONE BEAT IN A DAY for 2015. Three rods landed eight fish
                         and saw large numbers of fish running on one of our top beats.
September 24:  Two fish caught.
September 25:  Five fish caught.
September 26:  Three fish caught including a First Ever for Alan Clarke.
September 27:  Five fish caught including three on fly.
September 28:  Seven fish caught including SECOND BEST of SEASON - a 15lb. upriver.
September 29:  JOINT FOURTH BEST DAY of SEASON. Thirteen fish caught - 5 downriver & 8 up.
September 27:  Four fish caught including the JOINT THIRD BEST FISHof the SEASON at 14lb.
                         released by Ian Powell on the upper river.
 

 

The Top Eight Best Days of 2015

  Date Number
Caught
No. Rods Biggest
Fish
Number caught with:
Fly Spin Worm Prawn
                 
1.   August 8 18   19   8   9   7 1 1
2.   August 7 15   10   6 - 14 1 -
3.   August 9 14   13 11   7   4 - 3
4.   June 30 13    7 10 11   2 - -
  July 8   10   7 10   3 - -
September 18   28 17 5 6 2 -
September 29 29 8 4 - 6 3
5.   July 30 11     6   6   3   5 3
September 17  14 5 1 10 - -
6.   June 1 10    7    12   1   9 - -
  July 28    8   5   8   1 1 -
  August 29   16 11 4 3 - 3
7.   June 28   9    8   7   3   1 5 -
September 23 20 9 1 8 - -
8.   June 21   8    5     9.7 - - 2 6
  July 11    8     4.3   7   1 - -
  July 23    5 12   4   3 - 1
  August 4    5    10   1   6 - -
9.   July 22   7    5   4   3   2 1 1
  August 4    5    10   1   6 - -
  August 30  12 7 1 - - 6
September 20 25 14 3 2 - 2
September 28 23 15 1 - 1 5
                 

 

The Top Ten Fish of 2015

  Date Angler Beat Lure Weight
(lb.)
           
  1.  September 18  Anonymous  Ballyhooly S   17.0
  2.  September 28  Gary Lamont  Carrig P   15
  3.   June 8  Dan O'Keeffe  Lower Kilmurry P   14.0
  June 9  Cyril Killeen  Lower Kilmurry S
 September 20  Terry McDermott  Bridgetown Fly
 September 30  Ian Powell  Carrig P
  4.   August 11  Dan Hawker  Kents Fly 13
  September 3  Louis Cadiou  Killavullen P
  5.   June 1  Conor Arnold  Kilcanwy S    12
  6.   June 14  Adam Kempton  Lower Kilmurry S 12
  July 6  Chris Atkinson  Lower Kilmurry Fly
  July 23  Gavin Wishart  Lower Kilmurry P
  August 23  Dave McDowell  Ballinaroone S
  September 12  Louis Cadiou  Ballinaroone P
  7.   August 17  Franco Brustio  Lower Kilmurry P    11.8
  8.

  May 28

 Paul Sands  Lower Kilmurry Fly    11

  9. 

  May 22  Dan Kolomanski  Lower Kilmurry S 11 
  May 24  Robert Aldridge  Woodstream S
  June 4  Dave Walsh  Kilcanwy Fly
  August 9  Frank Ryan  Kents S
  August 29  Mike Foran  Lower Kilmurry Fly
 10.   June 17  Martin Eastment  Carrig P    10.7
           


Click here to see the Monthly Reports for the 2012 Season

 




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Weather Forecast
If you are thinking of visiting and fishing with us, & wish to check on the current weather situation, we have established the following links which you will find useful:-

Met Eireann - Latest Rainfall: Radar


   MagicSeaWeed.com


YR.no
Windguru

Met Office UK
BBC.co.uk 

                                        Metcheck.com
                                  AccuWeather Fermoy
AccuWeather Mallow
XC Weather:    Fermoy   Mallow  
 
Weather Channel
Munster Forecast from Breaking News.ie 
                                           Met ireann 
                                           Met Eireann 

      Online Weather - Ireland Overview
 OnlineWeather - Cork direct 
Yahoo Weather - Cork
                                    Infosite Weather
                 
CNN Europe Forecast Map

       CNN Cork Ireland 4 day Forecast
     
     bbc.co.uk - Cork 5 day Forecast

Click on VIEW THIS MAP AS AN ANIMATION
to get the rainfall radar for the last 3 hours.

   Actually a Surfing site, but the forecasts look brilliant. The Pressure one gives rainfall as well,
& both the Wind and Swell forecasts help to build a very good picture of what's to come. 


Superb forecast for Ballyduff
Site for surfers so has forecast for coastal locations. Supposed to be very good.

Radar sequence for British Isles for previous 6 hours.
Superb 5 day forward simulation.
2 & 7 day forecast. Type in location as CORK & select forecast.
Link direct to their Fermoy page.
Link direct to their Mallow page.


5 & 10 Day forecasts.  Direct Links for    Cork          Killarney         Mallow            Fermoy         
Covers the Blackwater catchment (Cork & Kerry).
The Irish Meteorological Service forecast for Munster.
Yesterdays Weather .
Excellent forecast by region or by city. Works for Fermoy, Mallow, Cork
Absolutely superb 4 day forecast for the Cork area- very concise.

Satellite pictures and 4 day summary for Dublin.

Sunrise & Sunset Times (Dublin)

Very useful for seeing how long the fishing day can be. We have no time restrictions on fishing.

             

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