Blackwater Lodge


Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford


13 beats averaging approx. 3/4 mile each in length.

The top beat is 28 miles (45 km) upstream from the Lodge.

The bottom beat is 3 miles (5 km) downstream (within 3 miles of the tidal limit at Lismore).

One huts, 2 shelters.

Ghillie available as extra.

Packed lunches from lodge.

We seldom allow more than two rods per beat (fly-only) or four rods (all methods).


The Blackwater

The Munster Blackwater is Ireland's second largest river next to the mighty Shannon. It rises in the mountains of East Kerry, flowing eastwards for 75 miles (120 km) through Counties Cork and Waterford until it enters the sea at Youghal in East Cork.

It has a catchment area of more than 1,200 square miles. It's also an extremely beautiful river and has well deserved the title "the Irish Rhine". As a large mature river, it is not subject to the whims of the weather like a typical spate river, and consequently can provide excellent fishing - even in low water.

It has extensive tidal reaches, stretching for approximately 20 miles from the estuary mouth at Youghal to Lismore. This provides a unique haven for salmon and seatrout in low water conditions when they are waiting to run the main river.

The best of the salmon fishing is to be found between the tidal limit just below the bridge at Lismore and up as far as Mallow (approximately 45 river miles upstream). Below Fermoy, there is an excellent mixture of fly runs, glides and deeper pools.

The Blackwater Lodge has five beats on the lower river between Fermoy and Lismore, and a further eight beats on the middle/upper river between Ballyhooly and Mallow (17-28 miles upstream).

Compared to most other Irish rivers (notably the Moy) the fishing pressure is very light. Nevertheless, it is estimated to yield an average of between 5,000 - 6,000 salmon to the rods each year.

The Fishing

The Blackwater Lodge has totally exclusive single bank fishing rights on an enviable selection of the best beats on this superb salmon river.

Our beats have been carefully chosen to offer anglers a variety of fast water, flats & deep pools to suit all fishing methods.

The huge extent of our fishery means that we can follow the runs of salmon from the lower beats in low water conditions to the upper river when they run through in high water. This unique fishery extends from 3 miles downstream to 28 miles upstream from the Lodge.

A car is essential due to the extent of the river covered by our fishery.

Wading is very easy, mostly over an even gravel bottom.

Sunday Fishing is allowed (unlike Scotland).

Due to the size and extent of the fishery, rod bookings are not beat-specific.

Daily beat rotation. You fish a different beat each day.

Your beat is selected from the best beats available considering the prevailing river and weather conditions, and the number of rods fishing.

In peak weeks, your allocated beat alternates between the upper and lower half of the river in order to ensure that all guests enjoy an equal variety of sport.

You are normally allocated your beat in the evening for the following day. In the event of rapidly changing river conditions, this may be deferred to early morning on the day of fishing.

Detailed route and beat maps, together with a beat description (all laminated in plastic) are provided to take to the river. A folder of aerial photos is also available for study in the Lodge.

The Lodge

Blackwater Lodge is an informal, comfortable lodge-style guesthouse in a magnificent location overlooking the world-famous Munster Blackwater - one of Europe's most spectacular salmon rivers.

It's a no-nonsense, friendly place, where the comfort and enjoyment of salmon anglers is the top priority - truly a specialist sporting lodge.

For years, the Blackwater Lodge has been the hideaway of salmon anglers from all over Europe and North America. They return again and again because of our relaxed atmosphere and beautiful location.

Historically the Lodge was formerly the railway station for the village of Ballyduff. It was built in 1882 - the line eventually closed in 1967.

Construction of the Lodge as we know it now began in 1971 around the old station buildings.

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Ian Powell
Int'l tel: (+) 353 58 60235 (Lodge)
(+) 353 87 2352120 (Mobile)
UK tel: 0844 202 33 33
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