First Salmon of the Season on Fly!
They arrived for a 4 day stay at 2.00pm on Wednesday, March 25 - earlier than their planned arrival time of 10.00pm. T
hey were due to start fishing on the 26th.
With some of the day still left, we offered them free fishing for the afternoon, & they got to the beat at about 3.30pm.
Bjornar Berg had no more than about 15 casts & caught the fish on a 1" Willie Gunn tube fished on a hover tip shooting head line!
Being a very sporting angler, he duly returned the fish alive - not even lifting it out of the water to unhook it or to present the fish fully to the camera.
The fish was measured against his rod at 82cm or 32.3 inches which gives an estimated weight of approx. 14lb.
The party was back at the Lodge by 5.00pm to celebrate.
With the river at 0.41m on the gauge, superb clarity and fish being seen all the way to the upper beats,
the prospects for the coming week are excellent, especially for fly-fishing.
Bjornar Berg from Norway playing the first fly-caught salmon of the season.
The fish was unhooked & released without even being lifted from the water.
About The Author: Ian Powell
Company: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Area Reporting: Cork Blackwater river in Southern Ireland
Bio: Ian is proprietor of Ireland's premier salmon fishing lodge with his wife Glenda (APGAI-IRL Salmon & Trout) – Europe’s highest qualified female fly-casting instructor & Emerald World Masters Ladies Salmon Distance champion.