The Second Salmon of the Season is caught on Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery

The Second Salmon of the Season is caught on Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery

Only 2 rods out on the river yesterday.

Tony O’Keeffe from Mallow was fishing at Kilmurry with his father Dan and caught this 6.6lb. fish on Flying C on the Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry. Sea-lice can be seen in the picture – two on the top of the tail and one below the adipose.

There were more on the back & the head of the fish. They also caught a few kelts.

There was a couple of rods out on Friday that also caught a few kelts, but also saw a fresh springer show that they estimated at 15-20lb. – also on Lower Kilmurry.

The upper river had a slight (5cm) rise yesterday. Occasional light rain in the upper catchment had been responsible, and this has meant that the lower river has held it’s level at 0.85m.

The level is currently too high for good flyfishing, needing to be below about 0.6m to be able to wade and fish comfortably.

The weather forecast now looks as if we can expect a dry spell of at least a week.  This should ensure that the level will come down to fly order.

When it will be very interesting to see how the upper beats from Ballyhooly to Mallow will fish.

The First Spring Salmon is Landed on February 3rd!

Derek O’Keeffe, from Thomastown, Kilkenny came to the Lodge for a casting lesson with Glenda on Thursday afternoon.  After the lesson, Glenda invited him to fish on for the rest of the afternoon on Upper Kilmurry.

He hooked and landed a lovely fresh fish of about 8lb. on a fly he tied himself. It was a colour variation of the PoshTosh as seen in “Trout and Salmon”, February 2010.

The fish was hooked at the head of the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry and took about 15 mins to land, having jumped half a dozen times. Derek – a firm believer in catch and release – carefully returned the fish alive. Not wanting to harm the fish in any way, it was quickly released without even taking a photo as he was fishing on his own – the only rod out on the fishery in fact today.

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