Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - June 16, 2013

Friday, June 14th. Best Day of the Season so far!

The record for the Best Day of the Season which was broken on Sunday June 8th. only last 5 days!
On Friday, June 14th. it was broken again when seven fish were recorded for just nine rod days.
Five of the fish fell to fly & notable in this catch were the three caught by Michael Dix (Dublin).

The Best Fish of the Day (8.2lb) was a First Ever Salmon for Marek Sekula.
He took it on a single hand fly rod at Killavullen.

The two previous days were also very good with ten fish caught for just 10 rod days - nine of which were on fly.

June 12. Mick Kennedy - 12.0lb.
Taken on fly at Bridgetown Priory.

June 12. Denis O'Donnell - 12.0lb. sea-liced
Taken on fly at Lower Kilmurry.

June 12. Mike Whelan - 11.5lb.
Taken on fly at Upper Kilmurry.

On Friday (14th.) we had 18mm of rain which brought the river up in a dirty flood.

On Friday evening the gauge at Ballyduff bridge was on 0.40m. By Saturday morning it had risen to 0.93m.
The clarity on both the upper & lower river was poor & virtually unfishable.

There were large crowds on the bridge at Fermoy on Saturday morning to witness a spectacular run
of salmon going up over the weir just above the bridge, but very few fish were seeing running through the beats.
Also, there were a number of fish up to 18lb. caught just below the tidal limit below Lismore
last Thursday & Friday where fish had been holding as the water levels were low (below 0.40m at Ballyduff).
These fish have moved up into the main river with the high water.

Today (Sunday) the gauge was down to 0.60m in the morning with clarity 1-1
We had a depression settle over the catchment which has brought another 16mm of steady rain today.

Again, few fish were seen in the very wet & windy conditions until late afternoon when a big run
of both grilse & large salmon went through our top beat just below Mallow (28 miles upstream).
They were intent on running & just one was briefly hooked & lost.

This was the rainfall radar picture at midnight tonight (Sunday).
The depression is clearing away from the catchment & moving north.
The forecast is then dry for the coming week right up until next weekend.

Superb Prospects for the coming week
Today's rain is already affecting the river.
At Millstreet, the river has already risen 30cm between 16.00 & midnight.
This means that the river will not be in order tomorrow, but with a dry forecast from tomorrow,
it should be in some kind of fishable order for Tuesday & coming into excellent order by Wednesday.
With the runs of fish that are coming in, we can expect fantastic sport this week.

Rods and accommodation are available, and with our very attractive 2013 prices, fishing is just
€60/rod day
& B&B a mere €35/person sharing.   We also have some self-catering accommodation available.

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