[ July 2009 ]
Justin Green reports that conditions were good throughout July. The showery weather did not cause any major floods and the slight rises in water levels brought in steady runs of large summer salmon and grilse. Fish were seen consistently by our anglers. The grilse taken this month were larger than in June averaging 5lbs. Sandeep Kaul from Kashmir took a 5.5lbs grilse on an Ally’s Shrimp on 09 July and a lovely fresh 12lbs summer salmon on a Stoat’s Tail on 10 July. We cooked the grilse for him and his friends for dinnner and he had the other one smoked. Earl Worsham from USA grassed a fresh grilse of 5.5lbs on 31 July and also shared it with his fellow guests for dinner. The highlight of the month was ghillie Martin Trusler and a Dutch client Jack Jorrisen took three huge fish of 17lbs, 18lbs and 20lbs, all on a size 12 Red & Silver Shrimp fly at Upper Kilbarry. The same gentlemen took two grilse of 4lbs and another salmon of 12lbs all during the first week of the month.
Ballyvolane House has just opened a restaurant in Lismore, called O’Brien Chop House. An ideal spot for anglers to recharge after a day on the river. Visit www.obrienchophouse.ie for details.
Ballyvolane House is running one-day ‘Quickie’ Fishing Courses with qualified instructor Norman Gillet throughout the season. One is aimed at ‘Beginners’ and the other is designed for ‘Improvers’. For more information, please visit www.ballyvolanehouse.ie
For bookings and further information, please visit:
» Ballyvolane House & Blackwater Salmon Fishery member page.