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Location: Ireland
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Latest Activity: Mar 14, 2012

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Fair Weather Anglers need help - Mastering Fly Fishing in Ireland

Started by Mairtin Cathbhar. Last reply by Paul Heaney Jan 31, 2012. 2 Replies

What ever it is about angling, I am an addict. And am hopeless at it.The practicalities of life mean I don't fish as much as I would like. I am self taught and still learning. I got hooked during a stag weekend and dabbled in "course" but found fly…Continue


Started by John Burton Jan 13, 2012. 0 Replies

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Salmon Fishing Reports from IFI

Excellent spring fish on the Munster Blackwater

Ian Powell of the Blackwater Lodge reports: 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 […]

A Super 18lbs 4oz fish from the Wash Stones on the Drowes

Drowes Fishery manager Shane Gallagher reports on the last few days on the River… The water level has dropped to 0.54 metres on the gauge in brilliant April sunshine. The weather may be a little bright for fishing but the rise in temperatures, hatches of olives and duckfly and the arrival of swallows and the […]

More fish follow Dave’s season opener in Galway

Finally water levels have dropped in Galway, and no sooner had the OPW closed 10 sluice gates on the weir than anglers were wetting a line for the first time this season. That well-known expert angler Dave Lenihan was the first to score, landing the first fish of the season the day after the water […]

If You Fancy A Double Then Head for the River Boyne at Navan

Water levels are just about perfect in the River Boyne, so its no surprise that a few fresh fish have been reported caught and released recently in the Navan area. Fish have been observed running through and there have been unofficial reports of an odd fish being caught. This week however comes the first confirmation […]

A busy week at Ballisodare Fishery with 10 fish caught

Fisheries Information Manager Markus Müller reports from Ballisodare Fishery – Week ended April 13th: After a productive opening week, the Ballisodare Fishery reported a total 10 fish this week, averaging 10 lbs. Amongst the successful fly anglers were Noel Barber with an eleven pounder (released), Sean Maye who had two fish at 12 lbs. and […]

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Comment by Ian Powell on March 14, 2012 at 10:27pm

At Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery, it has been an outstanding start to the 2012 season, with plenty of fish running the river. Five springers caught  up to the 14th., but none for the second half of the month.
This is the (joint) Best February Total since 2004 & the (joint) Second Best total since 1994.

The  five fish were caught for only 30 rod days for the 11 days from February 3rd.  to 14th.  The total rod days for the month were only 79.
There were plenty of reports of fish running in the first 2 weeks including one from Cappoquin of 22 seen going through in one day on the 6th. February. 
In the second half of the month fish were still being seen, but proved elusive to catch.

Ian Powell caught the very first fish off the entire river on Friday, February 3rd. with a 6.2 pounder on spinner on Lower Kilmurry, which would have been released
had it not been deeply hooked & bleeding.  He was the only rod out that day & only fished for an hour.
On Sunday, February 5th. , one four rod party caught two springers - again on Lower Kilmurry -  & saw at least a dozen moving through.
Paul Howard caught his very first springer on his first day ever fishing the Blackwater - it weighed 8.5lb.
Later in the day, Ger McCarthy also landed a 5 pounder. Both fell to spinner.
Michael Sheridan was top rod for February with two springers, both of which he released. The first was a 4 pounder on Lower Kilmurry on the 8th. & the second an 8 pounder from Kents on the 14th.

March started very well too. There was just one rod out each day on the first weekend (March 3/4) & each of them landed a springer. 
Two fish for two rod days is indeed a remarkable result at this time of year!
On Saturday 3rd. March, the Best Fish to be caught so far this season was taken. It was a very fresh fish of approx. It was also the first on the fly.

It was netted after being played for 20 mins. last Saturday (3rd.) by Shane Kinsella (Wicklow), It was Shane's first on fly & his personal best as well.
On Sunday 4th.  March., the Lodge's first fish from the upper river this year was caught. It was a very fresh 7 pounder on spinner for Tom Donovan
at the Junction Pool on Bridgetown Abbey.  There was also a reliable report of another fish taken on the beat above the day after.

Total for the season to date is now seven.
At the time of writing (March 13th.) the river is approaching summer level – perfect fly conditions.


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