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Blackwater Lodge News - April 6th., 2015

Best March Total since 2006

Notwithstanding fluctuating water levels, we recorded the best March total since 2006.
Nine fish to 10lb. were caught for the month - four from the lower river & five from the upper.
The average height on the Ballyduff gauge for the month was 0.89m.
This was significantly lower than 2014, when the average for the month was 1.17m.
All of the fish for the month were caught on spinner as the river
barely dropped to fly height at all for the entire month.

On St Patrick's Day (March 17), we recorded both the Best Day of the Season so far
and also the first day that one angler landed two fish in a day.
Colm Dooley from Mallow was the lucky angler landing two identical springers in 3 casts
from the same lie on Carrig - our top but one beat just a couple of miles below Mallow.

  The above 3 graphs show the gauge heights for :
    Millstreet:     87km upstream if the Lodge.
  Killavullen:    37km upstream
     Ballyduff:      1km downstream of the Lodge

  The above graph gives the gauge height at Ballyduff
together with the rainfall I recorded at the Lodge.

  The above graph the number of rods fishing per day in total
on the Lodge Fishery together with the number of fish caught.
Nine fish were recorded for a total of 108 rod days.
This is the best March total since 2006
& the third best since 1999.

April up to the 6th.


Whilst we are not seeing many fish showing,
springers are present in the river to well
into the upper reaches above Mallow.

Our first fly-caught springer was landed last Friday.

It was taken at Bridgetown Priory by David Walsh (Mallow)
& fell to a cone-head Cascade tube
fished on a super-fast sinking tip.

Water Temperatures

The water temperature at Ballyduff is steady at  9.0C / 48.2F.
On the upper reaches temperatures fluctuate more due to the shallower water
being more rapidly affected by the ambient temperature & sunshine.
The water temperature at Killavullen is varying daily this week between 9 - 11C / ~48  – 52F.

This is the river height below the Lodge & rainfall
for the last 4 weeks up to today (April 6th.)
Conditions are stabilising compared to March.
Ballyduff gauge height 0.52m with clarity 4+ feet.

With a low rod effort, fishing is now becoming more consistent with a fish/day for 3 out of the last 4 days.


Bank Maintenance Programme.
We have been busy recently to make your fishing experience at the Lodge even better.
Click here to see what's been happening!

The river is in excellent fly order throughout today. With the dry weather continuing until the end of the week,
the river will continue to improve steadily as it fines off after the last fresh last Friday night.

Fishing Report Page.
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All of the daily detail is now recorded in my Blog rather than on the page itself.
This means that you now can view the daily reports historically.
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Make your booking now for 2015

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As always, Glenda is available for tuition as the new season is here,
so if you'd like to hone your skills then do get in touch with her.

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