Note that these regulations apply to the whole River Blackwater catchment.
The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme regulates salmon and sea trout fishing in the Republic of Ireland and is administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Please note that the regulations and bye-laws are subject to change. Anglers intending to fish the Munster Blackwater should therefore consult IFI's regulations page in order to obtain the latest information on the licences required and on tagging.
However, in brief these regulations as they currently stand are as follows.
All anglers must hold a current rod licence valid for the period of time they intend to fish. Anglers can obtain their licence from Inland Fisheries Ireland, any rod licence distributor, or online. On payment of the rod licence fee, the angler will be given the following.
The relevant rod licence.
3 gill tags where a salmon rod (annual) ordinary, juvenile, district or 21-day ordinary licence is issued, up until 11th May, and a further 7 gill tags (issued in lots of 3 or 4) from the period 12th May to 30th September, up to a maximum of 10 gill tags in total, provided that the angler's logbook has been completed appropriately.
1 gill tag where a one day ordinary licence is issued, up until the close of the season.
A business reply envelope to be used to return the logbook (completed with details of all fish caught) and any unused tags to the relevant IFI office.
A plastic wallet for the logbook.
Note carefully that all salmon rod licence holders must affix a gill tag to any retained salmon (any size), or sea trout (over 40 cm) immediately after its capture. Please also keep a check on the Inland Fisheries Ireland site for the latest information on required licences and tagging information.