Welcome To Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery

PRIME SALMON FISHING ON THE BLACKWATER

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About The Fishery


About The Fishery
The Blackwater River flows through the Blackwater Valley in County Waterford in the south east of Ireland from its source in County Kerry.
Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery is a family run fishery hosted by Connie Corcoran and his son Jason.
Between them they have over 90 years of experience guiding & instructing on the Cork Blackwater river.
If it is intimate local knowledge and attention to detail you are after then look no further.
Connie started guiding back in 1961 and there is no other person on the river with his knowledge.
Jason also starting guiding very young at the tender age of  thirteen, absorbing all his Dad's years of experience.
Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery is the largest fishery on the Blackwater in terms of number of beats.
It comprises 7 beats in total spread over 30km of the river - offering fishing  suitable for all river conditions.
There are 3 upper beat (approx. 60kms from the estuary), and 4 on the lower river (approx. 30km from the estuary.)

Services


Tackle Hire

Don't have or don't want to bring your tackle NO Problem we offer tackle hire at prices that will not be beaten in fact it will be cheaper to hire from us than to bring your tackle on a plane with you.

Tackle Shop

We are the only Fishery on the Blackwater to offer you a full tackle shop on site for your convience we have all you will need for your fishing experience.

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Fishing Guides

We have some of the best fishing guides that any fishery can offer. With the wealth of knowledge to transfer over to you while you fish with us.

Airport Pick up

We also cater for airport pick up and drop off for your convenience for a small fee.

Fishing & Recommended Tackle


Fishing & Recommended Tackle
Ballyduff Bridge fisheries provides predominately salmon fishing but there can be some very good brown trout fly fishing on our beats. Sea trout are also caught on our beats when they are running. A state license is mandatory to fish for salmon or sea trout. The preferred fishing method for salmon is fly fishing with a 13ft-15ft double handed salmon fly rod outfit. In spring it is desirable to have sinking lines (e.g. sinking shooting head) and some larger salmon flies or weighted salmon tube flies. Good patterns are the green highlander, cascade, and willie gunn. Heavy leader (15lbs-17lbs) is advisable for presenting these larger flies.
In summer and autumn a floating line (spey/shooting head) or float hover or float/intermediate is advisable with lighter (12lbs) longer leaders for improved presentation. Smaller flies such as size 10/ 12/14 salmon doubles and trebles are most productive and popular patterns include the stoats tail, silver stoat, CCK Partridge, curry shrimp, brolly gold, bann special shrimp and ally shrimp. In low water it is possible to fish for salmon with a single handed fly rod and switch rods are becoming more popular amongst our guests.
Spin fishing is allowed and can be the fish catching method in high coloured water. A 10-11ft salmon spinning rod is sufficient with a good quality spinning reel loaded with 12lbs monofilament line. Lures include the ever reliable flying C, devon minnow, lane minnow, topy, and rapala. We encourage all our guests to adhere to state fishing laws and good salmon fishing etiquette.
There is no state license required to fish for brown trout. All trout fishing is fly only and on catch and release basis. In the spring wet flies and streamers can be very productive. In the summer beadhead nymphs are good during the day and some excellent dry fly sport can be had in the late evening if you match the hatch effectively. A 5/6wt single handed trout fly rod would be appropriate. In low water a 9ft6 rod would be ideal but in higher water or for nymphing anything up to an 11ft rod could prove useful.
Sea trout can be caught during the day but are most active just before dark. The preferred method is fly fishing with a single handed fly rod (e.g. 10ft 7wt) with a team of small flashy wet flies. Reliable patterns include silver black, black pennell, blue and silver, peter ross, surface lure and dunkeld in both singles and small doubles. In low water sea trout are often also caught on dry fly when they rise along with the native brown trout.
Should the river be out of order due to flood conditions there is no need to despair. There is some excellent reservoir trout fishing and saltwater sea bass fishing not too far away!

Guiding and Casting Tuition


Beats


Ballyduff Bridge Beat 1

Ballyduff Bridge Beat 1

This beat is perfect for the fly angler with easy gravel bottom wading with very productive streams and runs throughout.

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Ballyduff Bridge Beat 2

Ballyduff Bridge Beat 2

More suited to the spinning angler but aslo has a few superb fly runs at the top and tail of this beat.

Cable Island Beat 1

Cable Island Beat 1

At Cable Island has it all a fly anglers paradise. Fly fishing is available on both sides of the island but most productive on the north side. The middle of the beat is more suited for spinning while the tail end of the beat has another fantastic fly run.

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Cable Island Beat 2

Cable Island Beat 2

A very good Fly and Spinning beat that throughout the season holds a lot of fish with the middle and the tail of the beat being best with the fly.

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Ballincurrig

Ballincurrig

This Beat is a favourite for all who has had the pleasure to fish it, with the famous Churchill's pool being the most productive stream which run's into the cliff pool, towards the end of the beat you have the woodstream pool a fantastic fly run which holds a lot of Salmon throughout the season.

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Blackstone

Blackstone

A long slow running beat that is more suitable for spinning but certain areas have been very good over the years with the fly at particluar heights.

Magners

Magners

A short but a very prouctive beat in the correct height of water perfect for the fly and spin with a lovely stream running into a pool at the end of the beat.

Ballygarrett

A lovely all round beat with a lovely fly run running down the center with good spinning pools at the top and bottom

A FISHING EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER

Package Deals


Package Deals for June 2018

Package Deals for June 2018

Please see attached for package deals that we will have from time to time. If you want a package deal tailored to your needs just contact us and we will be glad to help you and give you the best deal for your fishing journey.

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Reports / Waterlevel and Weather


Reports

All fishing reports will be added here on a regular basis.

Water Level

Here you will find two links to check water level at Ballyduff and Killavullen

Weather Forecast

Up to date weather forecast for the Munster area covering the Blackwater

Salmon State Licence


Salmon State Licence
A State salmon licence must be purchased before fishing commences, this can be purchased online through the link below, or contact us and we will be happy to get this organised for you. Please see link below to purchase online.

Salmon State Licence

Accommodation


Accommodation
There is some beautiful local accommodation in the area including B&B, Self Catering and Hotels. Below is a list of a few that you can check out for yourself if you have a preference on anything please contact us as we will only be delighted to help.

Self Catering sleeps 6​​​
https://ardnaciuin.ie/
Glencairn Accommodation​​​
Grand Hotel​​​

Contact


  • Station road, Ballyduff upper, Co Waterford
  • P51 X2V1