Two Springers on Fly in one day!

Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - March 15, 2013

My apologies for sending two newsletters in such quick succession but I felt that this merited it!

Two Springers on Fly in one day!
My day was looking very good when I got a phone call from one of our syndicate rods - Gavin O'Shea from Cork who was the only rod out on the river this morning. After about 3 hours fishing upriver at Ballyhooly he had caught & released the First on Fly on the Lodge's beats for this season. He estimated the fish at ~12lb.Gavin took the fish on a #8 Cascade of his own tying on a Loop Quattro Tip line (Fast tip).

But my day was set to get even better........................................... 

After lunch, another of our syndicate rods Terry O'Keeffe from Midleton came to the Lodge at about 2.30pm & I sent him to Kilmurry. At 4.00 o'clock I had a call from him to say he too had a springer on fly after only an hour fishing. I grabbed the camera & headed for the scene of the crime - the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry.

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Duly photographed, I brought the fish back to the Lodge where it tipped the scales at 10.3lb.His fish also fell to a fly of his own tying  fished on a Sink 1/2 Loop Custom Shooting head made by Glenda.


Both fish were extremely fresh but neither had sea-lice which could well mean that fish are moving through only very slowly & that there are probably a reasonable number about. Looks very very promising for the Paddy's Day weekend.

FREE casting workshop open day on Saturday, April 20th.
which will include a FREE afternoon's fishing on Blackwater Lodge beats.

The event will commence at 9.30am - meeting at Blackwater Lodge.  The casting demos and workshop will be held at Kilmurry by Glenda Powell (APGAI-Ireland Advanced Qualified Guide for Double Handed and Single Handed and former World Champion) and Conor Arnold (APGAI-Ireland qualified instructor and Guide). 

All casts for single and double handed rods will be covered (including individual fault analysis) for Single & Double Spey Casting, Snake Rolls (with short and long bellied lines), Underhand style casting using Shooting heads, Skagit systems & Snap T's.Line building workshops will take place during the day.

We will also be showcasing the new Loop Cross S1 range for trial (, showing off the Sonik Tackle range and will also have a Tackle Sale including lines and ex-demo rods & reels. (Rod on sale starting from €50!!).

Want to make a weekend of it?
Participants of this event can also avail of overnight accommodation on the Saturday for only €45 per person sharing which will include a BBQ at the Lodge in the evening, and also fishing on the Sunday for €30 per person if required (normally €45).

Places will be limited, so please contact the Lodge to register for the Open Day or book for Saturday night or Sunday.

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For any further information, please contact:
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon FisheryUpper BallyduffCounty WaterfordIreland
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Ireland:   Phone:  058 60235                
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