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Fair Weather Anglers need help - Mastering Fly Fishing in Ireland

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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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