The first fish of 2005 taken on tube fly on sunk line
by Connie Corcoran (R) – weighing 9.4 lb with sealice!
Connie lost another on spinner estimated at 12-14 lb as well!
The second of the season taken on spinner
by Jason O’Riordan – weighing 8.2 lb.
Also in picture – Glenda Powell (Lodge proprietress) Free Spring Salmon Fishing on the Cork Blackwater in 2006
The number of spring salmon that have been running the Munster Blackwater river right from the beginning of the season has been extremely encouraging in previous years. This has not been reflected in the catches on the Blackwater Lodge Fishery because there has been few anglers fishing at the start of the season. The Lodge has an enviable selection of fishing – 16 beats comprising some 14 miles of private fishing extending over approximately 40 river miles. The lowest beat is only 3 miles above the tidal limit close to Lismore, and the topmost beat is some 40 miles upstream – just below Mallow. The lower beats fish best when the water is low & cold in spring, but the extent of the fishery means that the run of spring fish can be followed to the middle and upper beats if the water is higher and warmer at the start of the season.
Although we sometimes have high water at the start, conditions can often be suitable – even for fly-fishing – from the Opening Day on February 1st. Notably – in 2005 –