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Blackwater Salmon Fishery Reports 2019



Glenda Powell Guiding
& Blackwater Salmon Fishery

Glenda Powell Guiding
& Blackwater Salmon Fishery


The 10th Irish Fly Fair in Galway 9th & 10th November.
http://irishflyfair.com/

Fly Casting/Fishing Courses On the River Blackwater 2020
http://glendapowellguiding.com/

Trips, Courses & Adventures Abroad 2020 & 2021

https://www.kercock.com/     (Scotland)
http://www.salmonfishing-norway.com/      (Norway)
https://vimeo.com/296658763     (Patagonia)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5aAnrZMqVI    (Greenland)


October's Party

''October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came.  The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,

And leaves of every name.  The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything

was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.'' George Cooper

What a lovely poem by George Cooper describing what we witness at this time of year

when we dress up in our winter clothes and as my late mother would say,

'get outside to play.'  I was lucky to come across this poem as Albert Titterington

from The Great Game Fairs Of Ireland had mentioned that he had learned it as a

child.http://www.irishgamefair.com/

I love this time of year.  In fact I love every season but Autumn has a special place in my heart

as we have come from a busy fishing season, and we are very much in

the planning stages for the coming one.  There is time however to walk and to explore. 

We have been climbing mountains (in training for Greenland!), hiking along

cliff walks in Ardmore and Ballycotton, and  breathing in the crisp air in our beautiful forest

walks that are in abundance in our local area.

There is time to catch up with our children and to chat about their school and rowing life.

They are so busy racing ahead and planning their future. It seems like a short

time since I brought Anna home from the hospital when she was born and in fact we are now

organizing an 18th birthday party for her as she reaches adulthood later this month.

Last weekend our APGAI Ireland AGM was held in Navan and I am honoured to be the

Chairperson for another year.  Thank you to our members who came to the

meeting and for supporting our association.

10th Irish Fly Fair Galway Bay Hotel 9th 10th November 2019 (this coming weekend)

This weekend coming I am delighted to be attending the Irish Fly Fair in Galway at the Galway Bay

Hotel for the 10th year in a row. It is a great honour that I have been asked back to the Fair for

the 10th year to demonstrate fly casting and to help with APGAI Ireland to promote fly fishing and

angling at the show.

We will have a stand at the show - Glenda Powell Guiding - and we would be delighted if you

could come along and say hello. Noel, Anna, Ian and myself will be there to chat about the Blackwater

and courses at home and abroad.  I will be delighted to help with any fishing/casting questions

that you may have and can go outside for a cast if you wish to improve or to try out our new LTS rods.  My casting demonstration outside will be at 13.30 each

day and I would be delighted to see you there.
 http://www.irishflyfair.com/programme.html#casting

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the best International Fly-dressers practice their art, whilst champion fly-casters will be

available to demonstrate and advise on fly-casting techniques and fly-fishing tactics.
As usual, there will be a series of talks and seminars from expert anglers on a wide range of interesting angling related topics

and of course, a massive range of top quality trade stands selling everything the fly angler and fly dresser needs.

To encourage the youth into the sport there is an annual Irish Fly Fair fly dressing competition and this year it has been

dedicated to the late Peter O'Reilly.

This fair takes a lot of hard work and effort to put together each year and my thanks goes to Stevie Munn, Elaine Munn and the

whole team who work tirelessly to improve this show each year.

We look forward to seeing you at the fair or on the water somewhere soon.

Sláinte an bhradáin  (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

Glenda 
00353 (0) 872351260
glenda@glendapowellguiding.com
http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/
http://glendapowellguiding.com/
h1>Fly Casting/Fishing Courses on the River Blackwater Ireland 2020.

 Course Dates

As well as guiding and individual tuition on the River Blackwater next season you are welcome to book one of our 4 courses next year.  These courses also make great gifts and I would be delighted to send you a gift voucher for tuition, guiding, fishing or courses on request.

February 1st is Opening Day and we would like to welcome you to the start of the new season with a breakfast roll and a fun casting/gear clinic.  Spaces are limited to 10 people and the cost is €25. Booking is essential please.

February 2nd I will be running a workshop on Casting and fishing sinking/skagit lines and heavy flies.  The cost is €150 per person including lunch and fishing.  Maximum 6 participants.

March 7th Double Hand/Spey Casting for improvers including lunch and fishing.  The cost is €150 per person. Maximum 6 participants.

June 13th Single Handed Spey/Skagit casting, hitching flies and low water techniques.  The cost is €150 per person. Including lunch and fishing. Maximum 6 participants.

Contact Glenda 00353 (0) 87 2351260  
glenda@glendapowellguiding.com

Trips, Courses & Adventures Abroad 2020/2021/2022.

http://salmonfishing-norway.com/
http://www.salmonfishing-norway.com/team.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2F565mlSCo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFtYQuUAn9U

Norway August 2020 Trip Date is Week 32, 01/08-08/08    (One Place Left on this Week)
We will arrive to Trondheim Vaernes airport in Norway on 1st August 2020. The drive is approximately 50 minutes on very

quiet roads from the airport to the Guesthouse Aunemo where we will be staying in single rooms for the week

(http://www.salmonfishing-norway.com/unterkunft.htm).

We will be taking a maximum of 6 people on this trip and suggest that the car hire is split between two people, if possible. 

If you are travelling on your own then we will try to arrange that other single rods travelling group together in pairs as you will be

fishing in pairs for the week.
The disinfection of your equipment will take place at the farm by Bjorn the Fishery manager on arrival and will cost each person

150 NOK which is about €15.  You will also need to purchase a national fishing licence which will cost €55 on arrival.
The fishing week begins on Saturday at 20.00 and ends on the following Saturday 08.00.  In Norway it is light quite late and

bright early at this time of year so you really can ‘try’ to fish all day and night if you wish.
The fishing is on a beat rota system with 5 beats and you will change each beat normally every 12 hours.
The fishing is unguided however the beats are easy to find and also easy to read for experienced anglers.  Each beat has a maximum

of two rods fishing. 
Glenda and Noel will be there to help and I will be working with each group of 2 for a number of morning sessions during the week

with some tuition and guiding.  This I will also work on a rota system.
Aunemo Guesthouse is a very old beautiful wooden house and has everything we need.  It has a very relaxed atmosphere and

breakfast will be provided each morning at 8am. The rest of the day it is up to each person to make a packed lunch, dinner or whatever you would prefer.  There is a super kitchen with all cooking equipment required and a nice place to enjoy meals.  There are also numerous restaurants and shops in the area.

The total cost of the Accommodation, Salmon Fishing, and my guiding/tuition as outlined above for the week is €2500 per person.
50% non refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due by the end of March 2020.
I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Here is a little clip of some video that Noel took during our trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFtYQuUAn9U

Las Buitreras Patagonia Argentina 14th-21st March 2020    (2 spaces available)
We are about to book flights for this coming adventure and the people who are booked to go are getting really excited

- including myself and Noel.
Two spaces have become available on my hosted trip to Patagonia in March.
If you are interested then please contact me and I will send you PDF information regarding our trip.
We would love to have you come with us on this adventure of a life time.

Las Buitreras Patagonia Argentina 27th Feb-6th March 2021  (12 spaces available)
I have just confirmed the dates for Patagonia 2021.  If you are interested in coming on this trip please email me for further information.

Scotland Courses on the Tay 2020 (1 space available on course 1 and 4 spaces available on Course 3)


http://www.taysidehotel.co.uk/
http://glendapowellguiding.com/contact-booking/about-glenda/
https://www.kercock.com/


Course 1  Arrive for dinner around 19.30 at the Tayside Hotel in Stanley Perthshire on Monday 29th June 2020.  The course is

held on the Kercock Beat of the River Tay on Tuesday 30th June, Wednesday 1st July and Thursday 2nd July.  We depart from

the hotel on the morning of the 3rd July.

Course 2  Arrive for dinner around 19.30 at the Tayside Hotel in Stanley Perthshire on Sunday 5th July 2020.  The course is held

on the Kercock Beat of the River Tay on Monday 6th July, Tuesday 7th July and Wednesday 8th July. 

We depart from the hotel on the morning of the 9th July. 

Course 3  Arrive for dinner around 19.30 at the Tayside Hotel in Stanley Perthshire on Wednesday 8th July 2020. 

The course is held on the Kercock Beat of the River Tay on Thursday 9th July, Friday 10th July and Saturday 11th July. 

We depart from the hotel on the morning of the 12th July.

The course is suitable for all levels of angler.   It is mainly a Double handed fly fishing course however we will be doing some

single handed casting also.  There is a course workbook and a three day programme including; safety, safe wading, knot tying,

fly Selection, equipment selection and fly line discussion, many casts including the Spey Casts, Snap Casts, Skagit Casts and fishing techniques including Hitching, Low water Salmon Fishing, Fishing Micro Flies and Stripping Flies.

The cost is £900 per person.  This includes four nights single room accommodation at the Tayside Hotel, Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast.  A bus is also provided to and from the fishing. Three days fishing on the mighty Tay with 3 full days tuition and guiding with Glenda Powell. Maximum 6 people per course. 
To book your place or ask questions please contact Glenda on glenda@glendapowellguiding.com

Greenland Kangia River Lodge Hosted Week 5-13th August 2021  
(3/4 spaces available)
http://www.solidadventures.com/fly-fishing-greenland-kangia-river-lodge/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5aAnrZMqVI

Greenland Kangia River Lodge Glenda Powell Hosted Week 4-12th August 2022 
(10 spaces available)

These are the new dates for 2022 for my Greenland hosted trip.  Please email me for further information.

Best wishes

Glenda Powell  
glenda@glendapowellguiding.com

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4th September 2019

Glenda Powell Guiding
& Blackwater Salmon Fishery


My Big Tay Salmon Story and the Last Month of Our Salmon Season on the Blackwater is here.
http://www.blackwatersalmonfishery
https://www.kercock.com/

Anna and Ian's Special Salmon on the Blackwater.

Our Trip to Norway Fishing on the River Orkla
http://www.salmonfishing-norway.com/

''Ideas are like fish.  If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water.  But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.  Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.  They're huge and abstract, and they're very beautiful''.
David Lynch

I was guiding on Woodstream Beat today with Doreen and Malcolm who are clients but have become great friends over the years.  As I sat under the tree intently watching Malcolm stripping his flies, hoping a fish would grab them and it did, the leaves above me were dry and making a familiar crackling sound, which to me means the end of the season is approaching fast.  It dawned on me that lots of water has passed this spot since I last wrote my newsletter and time passes so quickly that I should update you on snippits from the last couple of months.

The fishing on the Blackwater has been up and down for the past two months.  We have had numerous dry sunny spells and then some small floods.  With this unsettled weather and water the fishing can be quite tricky yet we are at present catching fish every day.   We have had some success on stripping flies in the past week and this is great fun when they take, even if they don't hold onto the fly.  There is more rain forecast for the coming days and there is another small fresh coming from the upper river as I write.  Fingers crossed for a good last month.

Since my last newsletter I have attended three Game and country fairs, and I am always honoured to be invited to go to these shows and to participate in the casting demonstrations and to also bring our Blackwater Salmon Fishery/Glenda Powell Guiding stand;

The Irish Game & Country Fair Galway Racecourse Ballybrit 15-16 June 2019
http://www.irishgamefair.com

The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival Shanes Castle, Antrim 29-30 June 2019.
http://www.irishcountrylifestylefestival.com

The Scottish Game Fair Scone Palace 5-7 July 2019
http://www.scottishfair.com/

Blackwater Salmon Fisheries Children's Day.

At the end of June we hosted a very successful Children's Day on the fishery, with 15 children/teenagers attending and great fun was had by all who attended especially the Fly Fishing Fairies (you know who you are).
Not to mention that young Liam Davis managed to catch his second salmon on the fly to order in front of a crowd of approximately 30 people.  Well done Liam.  Thanks also to Miles Kelly from Inland Fisheries Ireland who came to give a hand on his day off and to Billy Moylan for supplying the BBQ food, Denis Collins for the snacks, Shauna and Eoin for the fish nets to show the children which insects live in the river and to all the adult helpers (and our own teenagers Anna and Ian) for helping out on the day.

River Tay Scotland

In July I have also hosted two Fly Fishing Courses on the River Tay in Scotland with 6 people on each course on the Kercock beat, staying in the lovely Tayside Hotel in Stanley.  The new course dates are available for 2019 and I will be hosting 3 courses again next year.

My Big Tay Salmon

Can I tell you now about my biggest ever Salmon?

After the first course was almost finished around 4.30pm (course finishes at 5pm), I took my LTS Nitro 12 foot 6 rod, with a floating Skagit head, a T10 ten foot tip, as I couldn't locate my T16 and with gusto I made a joke to Arthur that I was off to catch one of these great Tay monsters that everyone keeps talking about.  I had approximately 30 minutes before the bus was arriving to return our guests to the Tayside hotel where we were staying.  I told Arthur that if he heard me calling, to not worry that I had not fallen in, but I would have a fish on the end and to get help.  Arthur, relaxed at the end of the day said, ''Ok Glenda, go for it I really think you will catch him.''

With gusto I strode off in the direction of the Dungeon knowing how little time I had to accomplish my 'pretend' mission which I had now accepted in my head as achievable.  The words of William Stone ringing in my head from one of my favourite all time books The Success System that Never Fails, ''What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve''.

I got to the rocky Dungeon pool which from the hut side is only fishable from a rocky bank which can be a bit slippery.  You certainly wouldn't want to fall in here as immediately below is about 18 foot in depth.
I got to the top, near the little gate and started to cast. I had tied a copper tube fly on and after a few casts I was not at all happy that this was getting deep enough. 

My mind started to wander and I was thinking that before the next course I really must sort out all  my reel cases, tackle bags etc again as they always get totally messed up during any course and I really could have done with my fastest sinking tungsten tip for this pool.  The next course was 3 days away so I had time to sort out everything again, and I had everything ready for the 3 days at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace which was happening the following day.

I changed my fly to a fly that I had tucked into my wader pocket as I had no fly box with me.  I was only going fishing for 15 minutes so didn't see the point of bringing a fly box.  It was a big heavy Red Francis that I had bought from Select a Fly a couple of weeks previous and it was made of Tungsten.  I tied it on along with a size 4 Loop Double hook and after testing the knot by pulling the hook on my forceps I cast the line as far upstream as I could to try to get depth. As the line swung around, and after numerous upstream mends I had the feeling that it was getting down a bit before it came into the run which was below my feet.

The first few casts were not great as there was a lot of vegetation close behind me.  After an adapted V Kick Double Spey I managed to make a few casts that I was comfortable with.  I did this for about 10 minutes and was almost ready to go back to the hut to thank everyone for attending the course, and to thank Gary Harkin the Ghillie on Kercock and Pete for their help, when I got a tug.  I was at first amazed and thought oh, a Trout, then it started to tug away and I realized that it was a Salmon.  Then it did some violent head movements and dived straight down into the hole which is why it is called the Dungeon.  I immediately knew that this was a big fish and my reel was smoking, my heart thumping, and my rod was doubled in two with the tip almost touching the water.  Where I was standing,  I knew that I couldn't give the fish much line and I knew that I needed help.  ''Arrrrtttttthuuuuuur!!!'' I called at the top of my voice.  Meanwhile Gary had arrived back to the hut from collecting the gentlemen from the Cottage Stream. '' Arrrrrrttttttthhhhhhhur''.
I thought by now that someone must have heard me call, and they had.  I found out later that in fact they had heard me as far as the bottom Croys which is over half a mile away.
Arthur said to Gary, ''Did you hear something?, Oh it must be Glenda!''.  Gary looked from the bottom of the steps where the boat is moored and he shouted to Arthur, ''It is Glenda, I'll take the boat, you take the path''.

Before long I could hear the engine of the boat roaring under full pressure making its way towards me and Gary asking as he passed by, ''Hay, ye seen it yet?''.  
No I had not seen the fish, in fact we did not see the fish until half an hour later when Gary netted it and that was really funny to look back on.
Arthur by this time had made it along the slippery path as fast as he could without killing himself yet almost landing on his bottom several times.  I was asking if he could get a photo of me playing the fish in case I lost it  but he had left his phone at the hut in his hurry to get to me, so I was scrambling to get mine out of my wader pocket to give to him and playing the fish.  I was shaking, and Arthur was breathing heavily after the journey from the hut, yet lit up a cigarette anyway to calm all our nerves.

Gary had moored the boat upstream and had informed me that we might have to get in the boat and follow the fish.  He perched himself on one of the only spots that he could find on the rocky bank with the net extended  in anticipation of landing the fish when it was ready.
Billy Moylan's words were ringing through my head about  the perfection loop knot does not work very well with fluorocarbon and I couldn't remember what tippet material I had on the end and was slightly concerned that I hadn't checked everything properly in my haste to go fishing.  After much excitement, fast and powerful runs, a heart bursting with excitement and fear, not to mention a very sore right arm I managed to get the fish into Gary's net.  We were delighted with this wonderful fish which you see in the photo above.  We did not weigh the fish, as I very quickly wanted to return the fish to the water, but we estimate the fish to be over 20lbs which is my biggest ever Salmon.

I was shaking after the ordeal and in fact was on a high for days afterwards.  The memory of this fish, and wonderful experience, among great friends I will never forget. 

Sláinte an bhradáin  (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

Glenda 
00353 (0) 872351260
glenda@glendapowellguiding.com
http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/
http://glendapowellguiding.com/

 


Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You) Glenda 00353 (0) 872351260 glenda@glendapowellguiding.com http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/ http://glendapowellguiding.com/

Glenda Powell Guiding & Blackwater Salmon Fishery May 2019

 

Glenda Powell Guiding
& Blackwater Salmon Fishery


May, the Mayflower and the Mayfly
http://www.blackwatersalmonfishery.com/


2019 Young Persons Day on the Blackwater



OFG 1880 Austrian Event & Further Shows & Fairs 2019



''I'm only wishing to go a-fishing, For this the month of May was made''
Henry Van Dyke


June has arrived and as I sit here in Austria following the OFG 1880 annual teaching event in Purgstall near Vienna listening to the grasshoppers I realise that summer has arrived.  I look back at  May and time has passed quickly on the Blackwater. May is a wonderful time to be in Ireland with everything coming back to life as the daylight hours grow longer. It is with growing anticipation of catching salmon on the Blackwater when the Mayflower blooms and the Mayfly hatch and even though our salmon were a few weeks late this year we have been catching some fine fish in the last few weeks. The water is getting low at the moment and we hope for some rain soon.  Next weekend we are holding our Low Water Salmon Fishing Course on the Blackwater and this course will cover Hitching Flies/tubes, Stripping Micro Flies, Nymphing for Salmon, Collie Dog/Sunray Shadow techniques and single handed Spey Casting.

Ireland is steeped in myth and legend and as I watched the Mayflower (Hawthorn/Whitethorn) bloom in such abundance this year I though back to our ancestors and their beliefs before Christianity. In Irish myth this tree was thought to be a fairy tree. Farmers would not cut down this tree even if it was in the middle of the field and they would plough around the tree but not too close in case they made the fairies angry. Many roads have been diverted in Ireland to avoid cutting one down and this tree is generally seen as a tree which brings good luck to the owner and prosperity to the land where it stands. As children growing up we knew to stay away from the circle of trees in the middle of the field which was known as the fairy ring and not even the most adventurous child in the group would dare to upset the fairies.

The most well know fly in Ireland has got to be the Mayfly.  The Mayfly (Ephemera Danica/Vulgata) is by far the biggest Upwinged fly on our Island and with it's size and majestic dance is an easy fly to identify. The nymph of this fly is our only bottom burrower nymph and is therefore hidden from the fish diet until it starts to emerge and this usually happens around May depending on the temperature. 
A story is told about the birth of Cuchulain.  Dechtire drank a cup of wine in which a mayfly had landed.  That night she was visited by the God Lugh in a dream, who told her that the mayfly was him, and that she would soon give birth to a boy child.  When she awoke, he transformed her into a swan, and took her to his halls in the Otherworld, where she duly gave birth to Setanta. She returned with him to Email Macha in Ulster, where he was raised, and went on to become the hero warrior known as Cuchulain who was gifted with superhuman strength, speed and skill.

We have a busy month ahead and on the 8th June we have our Low Water Salmon Fishing Course on the Blackwater, June 15/16 we will be in Galway at the Irish Game & Country Fair, on the 22nd June we have our Young Person's Day on the Blackwater and the weekend of the 29th-30th we will be in Antrim in Northern Ireland at the Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival at Shanes Castle.

More information about the Young Person's Day and the Fairs/Events to follow in this newsletter.

We wish you a successful June and look forward to seeing you soon.

Sláinte an bhradáin  (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

Glenda 
00353 (0) 872351260
glenda@glendapowellguiding.com
http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/
http://glendapowellguiding.com/


Glenda Powell Guiding & Blackwater Salmon Fishery March 2019


Glenda Powell of Blackwater Lodge

Adventure is Worthwhile

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Experience the World Of Fly-Fishing Germany 6-7 April 2019 International Year of the Salmon Youth Day 22nd June

''If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It's lethal'' Paul Coelho

Wanderlust is a condition that I have always ''suffered'' from. That strong desire for, or impulse to wander and travel and explore the world.

Even as children we were adventurers. We lived in Comber, Co Down Northern Ireland, and as really very young teenagers, with little money in our pockets we would board a bus without looking to see where it was going to. The fun was in not knowing where we would end up, the freedom of the adventure, and we would enjoy the day wherever the destination was. I look back and smile at those lovely innocent days.

When I was 18 years old I left Northern Ireland on a ferry from Larne to go to Scotland. I told my parents that I was going to fish for the rest of my life. It took some time for them to come to terms with this, as I am sure that any parent reading this can understand. I just wasn't interested in that, ''good pensionable job''. However I look back now and realise that I was just one of the lucky ones who could make a living at doing what I really wanted to do, and through a lot of hard work and persistence I still do.

Time has moved on I have realised that there will not be enough time to see everything I want to see and to do everything that I want to do. Today I grasp each and every opportunity that comes my way, I invite them and seek them out. I realise that travel is not always glamorous or comfortable. I do many shows and fairs around the world every year, lose many nights of sleep traveling on buses, trains and planes and know that this is sometimes not great for health. Adventure may hurt sometimes, but for me I know that routine would kill me. I love not knowing where I could be by the end of the year.

In a few day I will be taking a group of anglers to Patagonia. We will be arriving at the Las Buitreras Lodge owned by Solid Adventures and we will be fishing for some of the largest Seatrout in the world. I have been there before and it is a wonderful place to visit. The fishing is awesome, the people helpful and generous and the scenery and landscape is incredible. We will be going again next March and I have 2 places left on the original March week and I will be taking another week due to demand.

In 2021 we will also be taking a group back to Greenland to fish for Artic Char. (2 places left) I was here last year and can highly recommend this as a great trip for the adventurer. Really hard fighting fish that will test all your equipment in a place that has been untouched by human ways.

I was walking across the mountain one morning to get to the river and in the vastness of the land you begin to see what a tiny place you occupy in the world, and how any trouble you could have would be miniscule in the great scheme of things. We leave in August 2021, let me know if you can come with us.

Lastly on the trips, Noel and I will be going to the Orlka in Norway to spend some time with some friends fishing there this summer, trying to catch the big one. We plan to be running a trip to this destination in 2020. Again, let me know if you are interested and I will send you further details.

The river Blackwater has been up and down in levels since the season opened on 1st February. We had a few people fishing in the first two weeks of February and had a successful Skagit course on the 2nd.

We attended the Dublin Show - The Ireland Angling Expo and I had the honour of presenting the Irish Fish Specimen Awards this year. A few days later I was in Salzburg at the Die Hote Jagd & Fischerei for a 4 day event. The river was slowly coming into wadable height by the end of February and then we have had quite a lot of rain since then and the water levels have remained high.

We have completed the Improvers Double Handed Casting Course on the 2nd March and also the Beginners Double Handed Course last weekend. These have been great learning days despite the high water. As I write this we are expecting another storm to arrive this afternoon - Storm Gareth and we have weather warnings in place for the next 24 hours. It is hard to see at the moment as the sun is streaming in through my office window.

I will be running a Low Water Salmon Fishing Course on June 8th and I have 2 spaces left on this course. This course will cover single handed Spey casting, Switch rods and numerous low water techniques such as hitching flies/tubes, Sunray Shadow and Collie Dog fishing, Nymphing for Salmon , and Stripping micro flies. The cost of this course is €150 per person and includes lunch, equipment if required and fishing. Please contact me if you wish to book on to the course.

I am also available to take private groups of anglers or individuals on the river Blackwater on Guided days which include tuition and guiding and I can also be booked for private casting/fishing lessons.

I am also willing to travel to teach on other rivers in other countries with groups. http://glendapowellguiding.com/contact-booking/about-glenda/

When I am away to Patagonia I am available by email each day and Noel my partner will be here to look after the fishery and can be contacted on 085 7220923.

This year is the International Year of the Salmon and here at Blackwater Salmon Fishery we are passionate about salmon and we strongly believe that if our salmon are to have a future we need to have anglers on the water in the future. To help achieve this we must encourage young people to become involved in our sport. More later in this post.

We look forward to a busy year ahead and look forward to seeing you somewhere soon.

Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

Glenda 00353 (0) 872351260 glenda@glendapowellguiding.com http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/ http://glendapowellguiding.com/

2019 International Year of the Salmon Youth Day. 22 June 2019.

This year is the International Year of the Salmon and here at Blackwater Salmon Fishery http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/we are passionate about salmon and we strongly believe that if our salmon are to have a future we need to have anglers on the water in the future. To help achieve this we must encourage young people to become involved in our sport.

In order to help this happen we will be hosting a ''Young Persons Day'' which promises to be both an educational and fun filled introduction to fishing. We will be talking about, Safety around water, The life cycle of the Salmon, Why clean water is important to us and the fish and we will have a BBQ and try fishing.

The day is the 22nd June on the River Blackwater near Fermoy Co Cork, and to book a space on this day please contact me. Any older person who would like to come and help on this day is also welcome to contact me and we will put on a few extra sausages and burgers on the BBQ.

Come and join us, we need your help.

Best wishes

Glenda

Glenda Powell Guiding

Blackwater Salmon Fishery


2019 International Year of the Salmon Youth Day 22nd June

Ireland Angling Expo this weekend 16-17 February Dublin

Die Hohe Jagd & Fischerei 21-24 February Salzburg Austria

''Many of the most highly publicised events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy.''
Jimmy Carter

As the sun comes up on the eve of our first angling show of the year - Ireland Angling Expo Swords Dublin https://www.facebook.com/IrlAnglingExpo/ - my thoughts are drawn to the game fairs that my daddy used to take us to when we were young.  These shows in Northern Ireland were run by Albert & Irene Titterington from The Great Game Fairs Of Ireland http://www.irishgamefair.com/, and indeed Albert & Irene, along with their team still organise two of the most exciting shows in Ireland, North and South each year.

These events were much anticipated by us four girls and really were a highlight in our year.  Hayley our 'big sister' would always win a medal at the clay pigeon shooting, and went on to represent Ireland and the UK in numerous competitions. Beverley, Emma and I would give the shooting a go and they were quite good but I always ended up with a huge bruise on my shoulder from not holding the gun properly.  It was at the trout pond - which was purposely stocked for the children to have a go at fishing - that I spent my time. I also vividly remember watching Peter O'Reily in the casting arena and wondering how he could cast his line out so effortlessly, wishing that some day I would be able to do the same. It was with great sadness at the end of last year that we said goodbye to Peter. Peter later became a good friend and mentor and he will be remembered by many of us at each event we attend throughout the angling show year.

These events are so important to anglers everywhere and they always have something to offer for our children.  Our own children, Anna & Ian, will be at the Angling Fair with us this weekend on our stand and they also remember a childhood growing up with the fairs.  Come and see us and bring a young person with you if you have the opportunity, we will have a fun competition at our stand for all.

The river Blackwater has been up and down in levels since the season opened on 1st February. We have had a few people fishing in the last two weeks and had a successful Skagit course on the 2nd.  The river is slowly coming into wadable height for the first time, and we would be expecting our first salmon of the year very soon.

This year is the International Year of the Salmon and here at Blackwater Salmon Fishery we are passionate about salmon and we strongly believe that if our salmon are to have a future we need to have anglers on the water in the future.  To help achieve this we must encourage young people to become involved in our sport.

In order to help this happen we will be hosting a ''Young Persons Day'' which promises to be both an educational and fun filled introduction to fishing.  We will be talking about, Safety around water, The life cycle of the Salmon, Why clean water is important to us and the fish and we will have a BBQ and try fishing.

The day is the 22nd June and to book a space on this day please contact me.  Any older person who would like to come and help on this day is also welcome to contact me and we will put on a few extra sausages and burgers on the BBQ.


We look forward to a busy year ahead and look forward to seeing you somewhere soon.

Sláinte an bhradáin  (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

Glenda 
00353 (0) 872351260
glenda@glendapowellguiding.com
http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/
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Glenda Powell Guiding & Blackwater Salmon Fishery

Reports on: Opening Day February 1st on the River Blackwater


Ireland Angling Expo 16-17 February Dublin

Die Hohe Jagd & Fischerei 21-24 February Salzburg Austria

''No Winter lasts forever: no Spring Skips it's turn.'' Hal Borland

What a wonderful day we had on the River Blackwater today. This day marked the beginning of our Salmon Fishing Season which is a very special day in our year. In the last few days Winter seemed to return to the valley, and the daffodils were bowing to the cold weight of snow resting on their heads. Today the rain stopped and the sun came out to greet us. She warmed our cold hands and faces and joined in with the Opening Day celebrations. We were honoured that people came from far and wide to be with us on this very special day. These people knew that the chance of fishing was slim after the recent flood from heavy rain yesterday and snow melt from the mountains. Like pilgrims following a ritual obligation we travel to the river on this day. Often searching for that basic need to be part of something bigger than ourselves, we find ourselves drawn to the river. An urgent need in this busy world, to find solace and personal reflection in a familiar like minded community we travel - despite the adverse conditions.

This winter Noel wrote a quote by Henry David Thoreau on the wall above the fireplace in Kilmurry hut which says it all:

''Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.''

For some of our far away friends they could not travel because of dangerous road conditions and we look forward to seeing them soon. We toasted the river, prayed that the river would be kind to us this year, and that all who fish in Her would be kept safe. We gave thanks that we could be here today and had a moment of silence for those who made their last cast last year and cannot be with us this year. The Last Cast but the River Flows On.

This year is the International Year of the Salmon and to celebrate and we made a special Blackwater Salmon Fishery keyring adorned with the old Irish 10p coin and a piece of Donegal Tweed in it to present to the people who came to the fishery today.

We had the pleasure of trying out the LTS Nitro 12' 6 Double handed rod teamed with the SCS line A fantastic tool and I would be very happy to make an appointment with anyone who would like to try this equipment. http://www.lts-flyfishing.uk/products.html

Tomorrow is the first of our Fly Fishing Courses this year - the Double Handed Skagit Course.

The next course is the Double Handed Course for Improvers which is held on the 2nd March and one space has become available.

Please contact me if you would like to book this place.

This month I will be attending 2 Fishing Shows one in Dublin and the other in Austria. In March I will be taking a group of anglers to Patagonia to fish for some of the largest Sea-trout in the world. We look forward to a busy year ahead and look forward to seeing you somewhere soon.

Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You) Glenda 00353 (0) 872351260 glenda@glendapowellguiding.com http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com/ http://glendapowellguiding.com/

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