Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - April 14, 2014

The Highs & Lows of Salmon Fishing

The Highs
Highest Daily Catch

Today we recorded the Best Day of the 2014 Season so far with 4 fish to 14lb. for 12 rod days.

First off the mark today was syndicate rod
Ronan Brennan from Dublin who caught this sparkler on his second cast on the
Grange Stream at Bridgetown Priory.
It fell to a #8 Cascade which he had tied himself on an intermediate tip line.

Next off the mark was Declan Burke
who caught his first ever springer today
- a 12 pounder cracking 12 pounder on fly
at the Table on Woodstream.

A little later Aussie Daniel Kolomanski
who is also a syndicate member landed this 6.1lb fish on spinner at the Vee at Killavullen.

To round off the day, syndicate rod
Billy Moylan from Portlaoise landed this beautifully proportioned fish weighing 14.3lb
on fly on the Top Run on Woodstream.

It was his Personal Best!


Low(er) Water & High Prospects

Judging by the catches today
& the ever-improving condition of the river
prospects for the coming week & into
the Easter weekend are very  high!

The river is at it's lowest level since the season opened - down to 0.62m this evening 14th.

There are also high tides with the full moon
for the second half of the week.
Not spring tides, but reaching 3.8m.

The water clarity today was about 5 feet.
The water temperature was 9.5C  or  49.1F.

There is an excellent head of spring fish especially in the upper river as they have had high water thus far to move through.
I already know of springers that have been caught as far upriver as Lombardstown.

First Grilse reported
The first grilse have been taken already - and very far up the river.
Two were reported caught on Saturday 3 miles below Millstreet - which is 60 miles above the tide!

We have availability of accommodation & fishing in the coming weeks.


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

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