Ballyvolane House & Blackwater Salmon Fishery

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Salmon fishing on the River Blackwater

The Cork Blackwater is Ireland’s finest Salmon River and one of the most important salmon rivers in Europe, stretching for over 150 kilometres from its source in Kerry to the sea at Youghal. The season for salmon opens on 1st February and continues until 30th September. Due to the size of its catchment area the Blackwater maintains a good flow so that fishing is possible in a wide range of weather conditions.

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Ballyvolane House was recently was awarded "Fishing Hotel of the Year" by the Good Hotel Guide 2016.

Private fly-fishing beats

The Blackwater is almost entirely privately owned and we are fortunate to be able to offer some of the best beats on the river, spread over a 40 kilometre stretch from Killavullen and Ballyhooly down to Ballyduff.

We have a number of beats available at all times, and can also arrange other beats as required, so that we can offer a wide variety of spring, summer and early autumn fishing. Some beats are restricted to fly and spinning only. While some pools can be fished from the bank, as a general rule wading (depending on water conditions) is necessary, and chest waders are required. We can supply maps of the various beats.

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SALMON FISHING [ON THE RIVER BLACKWATER]

  February & March €55 
  April €75
  May to July €90
  August, September & October (season closes on 12 October) €120
  2-day Salmon Fishing Course €855 / person
  1-day Salmon Fishing Course €240 / person
Salmon fishing rates are charged in Euros per rod per day and include local taxes. 50% discount for children under 16 years of age.

TACKLE HIRE

Daily rates:
Spinning rod and reel €15
  Fly rod and reel €15
  Chest waders €10
Damage to hired tackle will be charged at the estimated cost of repair or replacement.

GUIDES / GHILLIES

Daily Rates: For up to 2 rods €110
  Each additional rod €12

Salmon Fishing Licence Fees

  All Districts / Regions, annual €100
  Juvenile (under 18) All Districts, annual €18
  One District, annual €56
  All districts, 21 Days €40
  All districts, 1 Day €20
  All fees include conservation stamp

TROUT FISHING [ON THE LAKES AT BALLYVOLANE]

  Full day (2 fish limit then catch & release) €45
  Half-day (1 fish limit then catch & release) €35
  Hire of trout rod and reel €10
Trout fishing rates are charged in Euros per rod per day or half day and include local taxes.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION

Please note full credit card details are required at the time of reservation. A deposit or advance payment in full may be taken for large groups.

CANCELLATION

We hope you won’t have to but if you do, we require 7 days notice and if cancelled after this time a 100% cancellation fee will apply (unless the beats are resold).

Cork Salmon fishing on the River Blackwater below FermoyThe Salmon Season on the Blackwater

February / March

Early spring run, with fish averaging 7-10lb. As water conditions are generally high and the water is cold, spinning is more likely to be successful, using spoons, large devons, or Flying Cs, with a rod 10-12’. Fly fishing is possible with a 14-15’ rod, sinking line, and fairly large flies, including tubes and waddingtons up to 3”. We do not allow use of worms or natural baits in an effort to preserve stocks.

April / May

Spring run, with fish averaging 7-12lb. Depending on water conditions, fly fishing comes into its own, with 14-15’ rods and sink-tip or intermediate lines, and flies from size 10 to 3” depending on conditions. Spinning is with 10-12’ rods, and devons or flying Cs.

June / July / Early August

Grilse run, with fish averaging 2-5lb, and some larger summer salmon. For fly fishing, rods 12-14’ are used, with floating or sink-tip lines, and flies from size 8 to 14 depending on water conditions. Spinning with lighter rods and lures.

Late August / September

Late summer salmon and grilse, and early autumn salmon, with fish from 3 to 20lb. Tackle is dependent on water conditions. In low water, fly fishing with 12-14’ rods and floating or sink-tip lines with flies from size 10-14, in higher water 14-15’ rods and sink-tip or intermediate lines with flies size 6-10. Spinning in low water with light rods Flying Cs and devons, and in high water with heavier rods and larger lures and spoons.

October

As per September. The river Blackwater season has been extended from 01 to 12 October on a catch and release basis using artifical fly only.

Justin in the fishery office getting redy for some Cork Blackwater salmon fishing & fly fishing in IrelandSalmon Fishing Requirements

Tackle

We have a limited range of tackle for hire from our rod room, and should you to avail of this facility please let us know well in advance. Damage to hired tackle will be charged at the estimated cost of repair or replacement

Flies, Lures and Accessories

Flies and Flying Cs suitable for the river, as well as nylon, swivels, etc, can be purchased at Ballyvolane. Unused flies, lures & nylon cannot be returned.

Guides

Fishing guides are available and should be booked in advance. We recommend guides for those new to the Blackwater as well as for beginners and less experienced fishermen, as they can provide detailed knowledge of the river and the best methods of catching salmon in prevailing conditions. Individual tuition in all styles of fly casting can be arranged for beginners and those who wish to improve their skills.

A State fishing licence is also mandatory and can be purchased from us.

Catching Salmon on the Blackwater, fly fishing in IrelandWhat to do with your catch: Salmon Quotas on the River Blackwater

Anglers should be aware that State restrictions on daily and total catches may apply and also to methods of fishing. No commercial catch. Total Quota 4,463 salmon. Anglers must notify us of all salmon caught for our own records and must also report all fish caught on the River Blackwater by completing the Fish Capture Card and returning it to the Southern Regional Fisheries Board.

February 01 to May 12 (inclusive): 1 fish only per angler.
May 13 to August 31 (inclusive): 3 fish per day.
September: 1 fish per day.
Total season bag limit: 10 fish per angler.
Once bag limit is reached, catch and release methods apply - using single barbless hooks, no worms.

Disposal Of Salmon

Salmon can be smoked locally (generally available within 3 days of delivery to the smokery). Freezing facilities are available at Ballyvolane.

Trout fishing Cork, Ireland on the lakes at BallyvolaneTrout Fishing on the Lakes at Ballyvolane

We also have our own lakes in the grounds at Ballyvolane which are stocked with rainbow trout and can be fished all year round. Only fly fishing is allowed. Particularly suitable for younger guests, and for salmon fishermen when conditions on the river are impossible! Trout rods and flies are available at Ballyvolane.

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