Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: moriches bay, atlantic salmon waters
Fort William in April
My wife Susan and I went to Lismore and Fort William in April of 2011. She said where the heck are you taking me until we arrived at the Gate house. She then proceded to take out her camera and started shooting. We had been scheduled to stay at the gate house flat adjoing the horse paddock but that was under renovation. Our host greeted us and brought us to the flat attached the Manor house and quite near the service entrance. Our two bed room accommodations were very clean, very comfortable and set up as a typical self catering / time share style unit with pots, pans , etc., the living area had plenty of fishing magazines and a small tv.
The stunning estate has approximately 230 acres of pasture and most is used by non milking cows and sheep in pasture. The April setting included Daffodils, Magnolias, Rhododendron, and other flowering trees in bloom. Forty shades of green barely describes the quite beauty of this place and the Cork-Blackwater River is right there.
We brought 8 days of sun and falling water with us and so while the fishing was exceptionally pleasent I did not have a pull. Our host had suggested i bring a 15' stick but the 14' Berkie was more than enough.
I happened to fish every morning and we would travel the country side in the afternoon. the highlight of the trip was fishing with Klink (Damien) on his home water and enjoying his company and hearing about the local give and take. The Cork-Blackwater is considered a fall river but since the nets are down the spring run has improved and getting better every year. While catch and release is not the norm in Ireland, more and more fisherman are letting them go and this river has lots of potential. I will definately fish this place agian.