[ April 2009 ]
The conditions were perfect for fly-fishing for the first eight days of the month. A flood following persistent heavy rain occurred on 9th April and the water level dropped quickly following a dry spell until the middle of the month where showery weather so typical in April caused the river to rise slightly throughout the third week. More heavy rain during the last week caused a deluge and unfortunately the river was unsuitable for any kind of fishing for the last few days of the month.
On 13 April Mr. McCleod from Canada caught and released a 3/4 lb sea trout on the fly at Gairha which is situated just below Ballyduff on the lower catchment. Our other anglers had no luck despite seeing some fish running. Others cried off due to the flood. Bookings were quieter than usual for the month due to the global economic downturn and we have decided to reduce our accommodation and fishing rates by 20% for the remainder of the season. It has never been better value and should help with the pound to euro exchange rates.
Ballyvolane House Fishing School is now taking bookings for the three-day fishing course at Ballyvolane House with qualified instructor Norman Gillet. Courses are scheduled in May, June, July and August. To book or for more information, please visit www.ballyvolanehouse.ie.
For bookings and further information, please visit:
» Ballyvolane House & Blackwater Salmon Fishery member page.