Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - February 28, 2014

The Wettest Month Ever!

Table of Average River Height by Month in cms   Overall
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Season
2004 105 93 87 64 41 34 31 68 75   62
2005 130 74 56 74 53 40 33 27 37   49
2006 127 57 76 60 83 42 25 21 61   53
2007 135 121 122 35 29 35 61 56 36   62
2008 168 89 84 49 35 39 113 98 91   75
2009 131 87 64 75 71 48 60 82 72   70
2010 132 78 63 80 28 18 31 10 16   41
2011 80 121 46 30 55 39 30 15 26   45
2012 113 67 36 22 44 116 78 122 49 59 70
2013 135 112 80 80 63 43 25 32 15 39 55
2014 200 262                  
January & February this year have been the
wettest on record, & the river has been at an unprecedented level since the start of 2014.

I have kept accurate records for the last 11 years,
and the previous highest average level
for any month in the fishing season was
1.22m in March 2007 & August 2012.

This year February recorded a staggering 2.62m.

January was also at an extremely high level too.

 

The huge difference this year
becomes much more apparent
(especially for February)
when you extract just the
first two months of the year
& illustrate it graphically.


It is also very interesting to compare the graphs for the height at Millstreet (very high up the river),
Killavullen  which is close to the top of the extent of our fishery, & down here at Ballyduff.
The upper river is characterised by rapid changes in levels & sharp peaks, which become more rounded
when you get down to Killavullen & even more so by the time you get as far down as Ballyduff.


The height at Millstreet for the last 5 weeks.


The height at Killavullen for the last 5 weeks.


The height at Ballyduff for the last 5 weeks.

 

This is the graph that most followers
of my Fishing Report page
will be familiar with, which shows
the rainfall & river height
at Ballyduff together.


Normally we would consider
the ideal spinning height
to be 0.80m to 1.20m max.
for high water spinning.


The lowest the river
fell to at Ballyduff
this February was 1.70m !
.

And what about the Fishing?
Well - to be honest, there was very little fishing done at all in February due to the extremely high water.
With the river struggling down to about the 1.80m level for just a couple of days in the entire month
fishing opportunities were very few & far between indeed. As reported in the last newsletter, two fish were landed
on the 19th. - one from down & one from up-river. At least - once the river does fall - we should see a good distribution
of springers through both the lower & upper sections of the fishery.

Something to do to help!
Please be sure to visit  https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Irish_Government_No_Salmon_Farms_at_Sea/?fbdm

and add your signature to this vitally important petition to help end the madness that is salmon farming.


Meanwhile.................................

I will of course continue to update the river conditions daily.


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