The End of an Era............
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery finally closes its doors!
Little did I realise when I closed the doors of the Lodge on October 1st. this year that it would be for the very last time. At that stage I was already making plans for the 2016 season.
Only recently did I discover that the melanoma I have been living with since late 2004 has once again appeared as two small tumours. Fortunately, my genetic make-up means that this may well be successfully treated with a new immunotherapy drug called Yervoy. I will be starting this treatment just before Christmas but may also require surgery at some stage next year.
In recent years, running the Lodge has required a very much “hands-on” approach to steer it through difficult times for the salmon angling tourism business. With the impending treatment regime I cannot commit to continuing in this way, so I have decided that it is time to close the Lodge & concentrate on fighting for good health (& a lot more fishing!) in the years to come.
I would like to think that I have been a good ambassador for the Cork Blackwater during the 30 years which I have run the Lodge. But as one era draws to a close, so a new one begins.
My estranged wife Glenda is starting a new fishing & guiding business (Blackwater Salmon Fishing) and will take over the best beats that the Lodge has controlled over the last 30 years. Whilst she will not run accommodation herself, she will offer a network of accommodation providers in the area to include hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs & self-catering cottages.
She has my wholehearted support in this new venture, & has a wealth of experience based on seventeen years at the Lodge.I am sure she will have a long continuing involvement with salmon angling tourism in the Blackwater valley as she is the same age as I was when I bought the Lodge back in 1986.
Her contact details are:
Tel: +353 58 53 929 *
Mob: +353 87 235 12 60