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In mid April, we are headed to the Munster/Blackwater River in county Cork after attending a wedding close to Cambridge, England. I hope to fish the Fort William beats and Blackwater Lodge beats if the water is right. Five days in Cork should be just fine but am open to any help you may offer. I am interested in what set up works well and of course the flies that have worked for you. I have also been considering flying into Shannon airport and driving south or as an alternative taking an overnight ferry from Wales (this seems complicated).

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Glenda Powell at Blackwater Lodge will look after you.Real nice lady,loves her fishing & knows her stuff.Had the pleasure of meeting her in Scotland a wee while back.Couple of other options for me at that time would be Lough Currane(bigger sea trout show this time of year + Salmon) near Waterville & its catchment area or Kerry Blackwater.Other options are SWFF!!
Enjoy it great place that I get to see each year.

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In mid April, we are headed to the Munster/Blackwater River in county Cork after attending a wedding close to Cambridge, England. I hope to fish the Fort William beats and Blackwater Lodge beats if the water is right. Five days in Cork should be just fine but am open to any help you may offer. I am interested in what set up works well and of course the flies that have worked for you. I have also been considering flying into Shannon airport and driving south or as an alternative taking an overnight ferry from Wales (this seems complicated).

Cheers, Bill
Hi Bill you will want a selection of irish shrimp flies from 6 -10 tied on doubles or trebles popular flies include orange and gold shrimp, bann special, brollys gold ,also gold cascade and a few hairwing flies like thunderflashes and gold willie gunnss to include some dressed on small copper tubes or coneheads with an overall dressing length of no more then 2 inches i would have said.
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What dates are you here exactly Bill? Spring fish are beginning to be caught and things are looking good for the spring run.
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Great information and thank you all. We will start fishing on the 18th most likely and try our luck for a few days here and there. Do I need to fish a sink tip on the Blackwater? I have Shrimp patterns and some nice aluminum and copper tube flys and some real small tubes as well. I will hope to use some spey flies as well.

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I can't tell you about the Fort William beats in the lower river, but I have been fishing the Blackwater for 25 odd years now. I own one of the bungalows next to the Lodge.

I usually use a floating line with an 9ft leader and tippet of 2ft. You won't usually need a sink tip unless the water is high or you want to fish the slower deeper pools.

As to flies, I use GP's most of the time in average water, in orange, black, purple or red. Pink Polar bear shrimps also work

Ian and Glenda will advise as to the best flies though, so don't worry.

If you are ONLY fly fishing make sure you tell Ian & Glenda that as A LOT of people spin the river too.

If it is high then you could try the Cork Bandon which is more of a spate river (quick up and quick to fall) or dry fly trout fishing on the upper Suir with Andrew Ryan of Clonanav FF, who apparently also have access to private salmon beats of the Suir.

Another alternative is the new stillwater fishery on the road to Dungarven - cappagh Lakes.

I would fly to Shannon and have Ian hire a car for you - you need a 4x4, as some beats are a very long way from the road.

Oh, and get some Euro coins at the Airport or in England - you'll need them for the highway toll outside the airport.

The Lodge no longer offers dinner, so you'll need to eat out - River Action in the village is nice but a bit pricey. The village pubs do tasty hearty Irish fair at a good price, plus a fine pint of Murphys stout.

or, on the way back from fishing you can grab a Thai or Chinese in Fermoy, which also has a small fly shop up a side street.

Enjoy it - I always am there in the last week of September.

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Hi,
ohh, good memories...I caught my first salmon on the Blackwater and Gelnda taught me speycasting. I also highly recommend Glenda and Ian at the Blackwater Lodge - some very nice people. They will definately take care of you.
You will have access to a lot of water and Ian will put his guests on the best stretches depending on water height etc. There will be lots of space for everyone, most of the time the customers have a whole stretch (or two) on their own.
I don't know how your casting skills are, but Glenda is a well known casting instructor (I think she is also in the Loop-Team). Might be woth a thought.
It is definatly worth a visit, nice people and landscape, too.
Have fun!
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