Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - December 16, 2013


                          Best Fish released during the October extension:
                    Tim Harty:  15˝lb. Taken on Ballinaroone on October 5th.


                      This was the day the drought ended & the rains came.
                                       October 1st. on Lower Kilmurry!
   
Opening of the 2014 Season

The season will open as usual on February 1st., 2014

Book Early for 2014!:  It's always advisable to book early to ensure your place - especially for the prime weeks.
Early Payment Discount: Book and pay in full now & benefit from a 1% per month discount.
2014 Prices:  These are now available on our website:    www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

Christmas Gift Vouchers
Stuck for that last minute present? If you'd like to give or receive a special gift, now is the last chance
to get a Gift Voucher from us - for anything from fly-casting tuition to fishing, accommodation or tackle.
Very prompt service with vouchers created to order & be delivered to you by return by email.


Pre-Season Preparation
As always, Glenda is available for tuition as the new season approaches,
so if you'd like to hone your skills before Opening Day then get in touch with her.

New article about Glenda
Be sure to get the January issue of the UK's Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine which is on sale now
& which features a 2 page interview with Glenda.

Increased Salmon Quota & Season Extension again for 2014

The new “Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations for 2014"
regulations are available on the Government website.

The relevant points for the Blackwater are:

- The season will again be extended to October 12, 2014.
- Bag limits remain the same as in 2013.
  See  http://www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net/Fishing/fishing-regs.htm

- Quota increased again.

For the third successive year the TAC (Total Allowable Catch) has been increased for the Cork Blackwater.
In 2012, the Blackwater had the 5th. highest TAC in the Republic with 4,181.
The Blackwater had the second highest TAC in 2013 when it was increased to 6,631
& this position will be maintained in 2014 when the TAC will be 6,902.

This increasing TAC goes against the trend in the majority of other Irish rivers, where it is being
decreased to conserve stocks. This shows the strength of stock levels in the Blackwater catchment
which provides approximately 20% of the total salmon spawning habitat in Ireland in just the one river system.

Best Total Catch since 2010 & a number of Personal Best Ever Catches.
We had the best catch total for the last three years in 2013 which was remarkable given the very dry summer.

Some of our regular guests had the best fishing they have ever had at the Lodge this year. Notable amongst these wer:

One Italian angler who landed 46 fish to 12lb. in the twenty days to August 23rd.
He has been fishing with us for 3 weeks every August since 1993, & his previous Best  Ever total catch was 23.
He also lost a very big fish (~25lb.) on the 18th. having played it for 10 minutes & seeing the fish clearly.
Pino Maisano (also from Italy) recorded his Personal Best Fish on two days in a row with fish of 10.5 & 14.1lb. on August 14th. & 15th.
The Bonnet/Cadiou 5 rod party from France recorded 63 fish to 15lb. for their 7 days fishing in September
& Steve Cossey & Paul Rosier (UK) landed 30 to 14lb in just 5 days.

The season total catch for each of the last few years has been quite consistent, notwithstanding
the fact that the conditions in the last few years have been anything but consistent.

Excellent Spawning Run - finally!
Spawning was very slow to start due exceptionally mild temperatures & low water levels so far this winter.
However, thanks to a couple of good floods & some frosty nights, spawning is now well under way
in tributaries on both the lower & upper river & also in the main river channel.

The catches for the last few years are outlined below:

2009 - 2013 Salmon Catch Statistics

Year

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

TOTAL

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

 

529

2012

5

4

8

40

77

153

96

138

8

521

2013

1

3

12

17

63

46

184

219

37

581

                                                                                                                        Season closed Oct.12th.
                                                                                                                                    in 2012/13

It's very interesting to look more closely at the river levels for the whole season
for the last couple of years (based on the Ballyduff gauge height)

The optimum height would be regarding as ~50cm & the above graph shows just how far
below optimum condition the river was for virtually the entire time from mid-May on.
This is in stark contrast to the previous year (2012).



Last year, water levels were comparatively low in spring, but much higher than normal from June on.
 


 
This graph shows the

Average Gauge Height by Month

since 2008,
which was the best season
since 2004.


1,028 salmon were caught in 2008,
and you can see that - for 2008 -
the river height was
exceptionally high all the way through
July, August & September.

This graph shows the:
 
Number of Salmon caught per Month

throughout the season.

(Please remember that
we have had an extension
to the season only
since 2012).

This shows a very marked increase
towards the latter part of the season,
but it must be realised that there is a disproportionate increase in the
number of rods per day towards the backend of the season as well.


 
When we factor in the fishing effort
& look at the:

Number of salmon Caught
per Rod Day per Month,

we can see that the
chances of catching a fish
are in fact
far more evenly spread
throughout the season
than if we look only at the

Number Caught per Month.
 


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