Tackle Tips for Salmon Fishing on the Cork Blackwater
A 14' - 16' double-handed rod is ideal for Spring &
when large flies (#4-8) and tube flies to 3" on sunk lines
may be the order of the day.
Leader would be 15-18lb. (~0.35)
Double-handers can also be used in summer,
especially those with lighter line weights.
Great sport can also be had with single-handed
when the grilse are running from late May on.
Ideally - use a 9 foot #8/9 weight rod minimum.
Then, smaller flies (#8-14) on floating or sink tip lines are
Leaders from 6-12lb (0.25-0.30)
Patterns & sizes vary greatly depending on the water height, colour & temperature.
find the most successful are :-
- all types of Shrimp Flies especially Ally's Cascade, Shadow Cascade &
Original, Apache & Silver Shrimp.
- Irish Shrimp flies especially Bann Special & Foxford.
- the old favourites such as Stoat's Tail, Silver Stoat,
Monroe Killer, Thunder & Lightning, Hairy Mary, Blue Charm
& Garry Dog.
In low water in summer, we would fish down as small as size 16 especially using
small shrimp patterns tied on low water trebles.
We also stock these in our
But don't be afraid to try your own personal favourites....................
The one most likely to succeed is the one you have the most
Want to tie your own before you come. Here are some
links to the tying of various patterns, especially shrimp types.
Spinning, Worming &
For Spinning, a 10' - 12' rod is important for giving you good
If Worming or Shrimping, an 11' - 13' rod gives the best bait
We recommend lines up to 15 lb. BS
for Spring & Backend fishing,
as any fish hooked could be the fish of a lifetime.
In low water, 6 - 10 lb. BS is
the more delicate presentation of shrimp, worms & smaller
For Spring, Backend & summer flood fishing, the favourites would be 22gm Silver
Bullet spinners - Flying C type spinners with a silver body & rubber tail.
Also spoons up to 28 gm, and Devons up to 3" in high water & smaller
spinners & spoons for lower water levels.
In the Summer & lower spring or autumn water levels, the favourites would be
Breton Flying C in 10 or 16gm.
For Silver Bullet/Flying C the favourite Colours would be:
Black works very well in all colours of water.
Yellow or White in coloured water
Red in slightly coloured water
Natural in clear water.