The south west of Ireland is a hideaway for anglers from all over Europe and North America who return again and again to sample the excellent fishing opportunities.
The Munster Blackwater rises in east Co. Kerry and flows for over 100 miles east through the counties of Cork and Waterford to the tide at Cappoquin and is noted for its big run of salmon. Its entire catchment is more than 1,200 square miles and has a long, narrow estuary, some 15 miles long. It dominates the southern province, draining five ranges of mountains, the terrain is of a peaty nature in the upper reaches and in some of the tributaries the water is a of a dark colour, hence the name 'black' water. The river is characterized by mighty pools, lovely streams, glides and, generally, a good push of water coming through except in very low water.
The river is noted for its enormous run of salmon over the years.The Spring run has improved in recent years. The best grilse fishing is towards the end of the season. A feature of the Blackwater is that it probably holds more species of fish than any other Irish river.
The salmon and sea trout season starts on 1 February till 30th September. During 2012 there is a pilot scheme extension for 12 days on a catch and release basis until 12th October 2012.
Fisheries with online booking:
Upper Ballyduff, Co Waterford
Sheen Falls Lodge
, Kenmare, Co Kerry.