Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - March 31, 2014

Best Fish on Fly so far!

12 year old James O'Keeffe was fishing with his Dad Thomas last Saturday afternoon  March 28 on the Inches on Upper Kilmurry on the lower river.
He was fishing in a spot that most experienced anglers would have walked past without bothering to fish there.

He caught this 12lb. beauty on a
#10 Cascade which he had tied himself
on a fast sinking tip line.
The fish took him 40 minutes to land.

It's the Best Fish on the Fly
so far for the 2014 season.

Best March since 2006!

The average height of the river (Ballyduff gauge)for the month of February was a record 2.62m.
For March it was a mere 1.22m which still meant
that it was unfishable for much of the month.

It looked as if conditions were returning to normal
when the river got down to 0.70m in the middle of
the month & then the rains came yet again & the river was up once more for the last week & a half.

Despite this, we had eight springers caught for the
month which is the best March since 2006.
Seven of these were caught from the 6-16th. March.

Due to the poor conditions, there were just
104 rod days for the month - the hardy ones
who were looking to catch a springer
in difficult conditions.

I already know of fish that have been caught as far upriver as Killavullen & have heard other reports of a number caught
even further upstream as far as Lombardstown. - which suggests a good head of fish spread well up the river.
Overall the river level is falling gradually. The average height of the river on the Ballyduff gauge for the first half of March
was 1.36m, & for the second half of the month that had reduced to 1.07m, as the ground is now less saturated than it was
and the water table is now somewhat lower.
If this trend is maintained, we should see a considerable improvement in the fishing in the coming weeks.


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

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