Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - February 28, 2014
The Wettest Month Ever!
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.
I will of course continue to update the river conditions daily.
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