Beautiful cold sunny day today with
little rain forecast.
Yesterday’s 56cm rise on the upper river peaked at 17.00 yesterday.Only 0.5mm rain fell on my gauge here at the Lodge
during the night. Air temperature is still +3°C at 09.00.
Twelve hours later - at 05.00 this morning - the
Ballyduff gauge peaked at 1.41m – up 58cm.
The picture shows the river below the Lodge at 09.15 this morning. The Ballyduff
gauge had already fallen to 1.35m
Water temperature at Ballyduff: 8.3ºC / 46.9ºF @ 09.00. Down 0.2ºC overnight.
ProspectsThis latest rise will put the river well above fly
level on all but a couple of spots for Opening Day on Sunday.It should be OK for high water spinning as long as
we don’t get much more rain in the next 2 days.
Rain was obviously quite heavy in the upper catchment early today. The forecast
for tomorrow (Friday) is drier. Another 2.5mm rain fell on my gauge here at the
Lodge during the day. Air temperature is still +3°C at 18.00.
The upper river at Millstreet (80km upriver) rose during the day and peaked at
16.30 – up 56cm – and has now started to drop.
The Ballyduff gauge is rising steadily this evening and is up to 1.28m at 20.00
and still rising steadily. Water temperature at Ballyduff: 8.5ºC / 47.3ºF @ 20.00. Down 0.3ºC during the day.
This latest rise will peak on the lower river tomorrow, which will put it well above
fly level on all but a couple of spots order for Opening Day on Sunday. It may
even be on the high side for spinning depending on if we get much more rain in
the next 2 days.
The river below the Lodge at 11.30 today. Gauge height: 1.06m
was a very mixed bag weatherwise. It alternated from beautiful sunshine &
clear skies to strong winds & sleet/snow showers. The forecast is now for
more of the same today, somewhat drier then until we have a bit more rain on
Overnight I had 2.5mm rain on my gauge here at the Lodge.
temperature is +3°C at 08.00.
There must have been rather more rain in the upper catchment, as the river at
Millstreet has gone from 0.78m at 09.00 yesterday to 1.13m at 08.00 – a rise of
35cm or almost a foot – and it is still rising steadily.
The Ballyduff gauge has risen from a low yesterday evening of 0.83m to 1.07m at
12.00 today – up 24cm and still rising steadily. Water temperature at Ballyduff: 8.8ºC / 47.8ºF @ 08.00.
With this latest rise, it now looks unlikely that the river will be in fly-fishable
order for Opening Day on Sunday, but it should be fine for spinning.
I spent last weekend starting to prepare the banks at Kilmurry at some of the spring hotspots ready for opening day next Sunday.
I had invaluable help from Chris Whelan on Saturday. This was the head of the renowned Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry looking upstream towards the Jole in the background as we just started work there.
This was how it was after we had cleared it.
We also made a good start on the Green Bank on Upper Kilmurry. Lots of briars on the sloping bank behind.
This was the Green Bank after it's initial haircut. More to do but getting there!
This is the Jole on Lower Kilmurry looking downstream towards the Island Stream beyond. This is the place where the very first fish to be caught on the entire Blackwater river have been caught twice in the last three years - by myself in 2012 and by Frenchman Charles Quesada (guided by me) in 2014.
This is the Jole looking upstream towards the Lug Pool after cutting.