Thursday, 26 February 2015

The river has peaked and is falling again! ………………


Conditions.
A band of heavy rain  was just coming into the north of the upper catchment in the early hours of this morning. I only had 1mm rain on my gauge overnight.
This was the upper river at 07.00am this morning.
   It had peaked at 14.30  yesterday, then fell until 22.00
   & then rose slightly & is now more or less holding.


This was the lower river at 06.45am this morning – gauge at 1.65m.
It peaked at 01.00 this morning at 1.82m.
The clarity was about one foot late yesterday afternoon & very peaty.

 



Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 7.7ºC / 45.9ºF @ 07.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 8.1ºC / 46.6ºF @ 07.00.

Prospects.
The river will be completely out of order for fly today (Thursday). 
Any chance for high water spinning will depend on clarity.
It is unlikely to be in any sort of fly order for the next couple of days.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The river is rising yet again! ………………



Conditions.
There were a lot of heavy showers in the last couple of days, particularly in the upper catchment. I had yet another 4mm rain on my gauge today.
The upper river peaked at 14.30, then fell until 22.00 
   & now looks to be rising again.
The lower river is close to peaking at 22.00 this evening at 1.80m. 
   The clarity was about one foot late this afternoon. 


Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 7.7ºC / 45.9ºF @ 22.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 7.6ºC / 45.7ºF @ 22.00.

Prospects.
The river will be completely out of order tomorrow (Thursday). 
It is the highest it has been since January 20th.
High water spinnability will depend on clarity.
It is unlikely to be in any sort of fly order for the next couple of days.

Monday, 23 February 2015

The river is rising again! ………………


Conditions.
There were a lot of showers in the last 24 hours. I had another 5mm rain on my gauge today, and it was extremely windy in the afternoon.



       
           The upper river is now rising once again following all the showers.


 
The lower river had peaked at 09.00 this morning at 1.46m and was then falling throughout the day. At 21.00 tonight it is starting to rise once again. The clarity was zero this afternoon.



Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 8.00ºC / 46.4ºF @ 22.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 5.00ºC / 41.0ºF @ 22.00.

Prospects.
The river will be completely out of order tomorrow (Tuesday). 
High water spinnability will depend on clarity.
It is unlikely to be in any sort of fly order for the next couple of days.

Latest flood has peaked at Ballyduff!


The Ballyduff gauge peaked at 1.48m at 09.00 this morning.
This is the highest it has been since the start of the season.
Continuing wintry showers through the day

A 3 foot flood just peaking on the lower river ………………




Conditions
.
It was a mild mixed day with the air temperature up to 7°C yesterday.
I had another 7mm rain on my gauge for yesterday. 
It was extremely windy in the afternoon.
This morning at 06.30 it’s trying to snow!
The weather will continue cool & broken for the coming week 

except for a mild day on Thursday.



The band of heavy rain produced a sharp rise of 3 feet on the upper river
which peaked at 21.00 last night.



The lower river has been rising steadily for the last couple of days,
& is at 1.46m at 06.30 this morning. 
The clarity fell from 3+ feet to less than a foot early yesterday afternoon.



Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 7.9ºC / 46.2ºF @ 07.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 6.00ºC / 42.8ºF @ 06.00.

Prospects.
The river is too high for the fly today. 
High water spinnability will depend on clarity.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A flood will be on the way………………


Conditions.
It was a mild bright day with the air temperature up to 7°C yesterday.


There is a band of heavy rain coming quite quickly across the catchment at the moment which is due to clear early afternoon. I already have 7mm of rain on my gauge by 08.00 this morning. The forecast is then for continuing broken weather through the week – cooler at the beginning then milder from Wednesday.

Spring Tides

Spring tides peaked at 4.2m at Youghal yesterday but will still be 4.1m today.


The upper river at Millstreet peaked at 21.30 last night & is still falling at 07.45 this morning. It will start rising again soon!
 

The lower river is rising steadily since 05.00 yesterday morning. The clarity was good yesterday afternoon at 3+ feet. It is up to 0.85m at 08.00 today.


Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 8.2ºC / 46.8ºF @ 08.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 5.1ºC / 41.2ºF @ 08.00.

Prospects.
The river is in good spinning order today, but is too high for the fly.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Springers on the upper river?




Conditions.
It was a mild overcast day with the air temperature up to 9°C at 16.00.
There were some showers seemingly heavier in the upper catchment.
Mainly dry & cool until Sunday when a band of heavier rain is forecast.
Evenings are now getting brighter and it is possible to fish until at least 18.00.
 
Spring Tides
Spring tides will peak at 4.2m at Youghal on Friday & Saturday this weekend which should encourage fresh fish to move into the main river.

The upper river has risen 16cm since midnight peaking at 13.30 today.
It then dropped & is just rising slightly at 19.00. The clarity is 4-5 feet.


 
The lower river has crept up 3cm since 09.00 to 0.57m at 19.00.
The clarity on the lower river today is 3+ feet at Ballyduff.
 
Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 8.5ºC / 47.3ºF @ 19.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 7.7ºC / 45.9ºF @ 19.00.


Prospects.
The river will be in good fly and spinning order tomorrow.
There are reports in the last few days of a few sea-liced springers caught
on the lower river which indicates they are running harder than before, as the fish which were caught in the first week of the season were not sea-liced.

At one of our beats at Castletownroche (20 miles upriver) today, one fish was seen & one lost at the net – both of which were reckoned to be spring fish.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Lower river is in excellent fly order & still fining off nicely ………..

The river below the Lodge at 14.00 on Wednesday 18th.


Conditions.
It was a mild overcast afternoon with the air temperature up to 10°C even at 18.00. There may be moderate rain overnight with a band of heavier rain coming in early Friday morning. Tomorrow will continue mild due to prevailing south-westerly winds, with cooler weather again from Friday through until early next week.
 
Spring Tides
Spring tides will peak at 4.2m at Youghal on Friday & Saturday this coming weekend which should encourage fresh fish to move into the main river.

The upper river is holding steady since 14.00 today which will ensure 

that the lower river continues to fine off.

 
The lower river is falling slowly but steadily.  It is at 0.54m at 23.30.
The clarity on the lower river this afternoon was 3+ feet at Ballyduff.
 
Water temperature at    Ballyduff: 8.3ºC / 46.9ºF @ 23.00.
Water temperature at Killavullen: 7.3ºC / 45.1ºF @ 23.00.


Prospects.
The river will be in excellent fly and spinning order tomorrow.
It remains to be seen how Friday’s rain might affect it.