My pal Kuba and I decided to try for some wild Munster Blackwater River brown trout. I knew from a contact of mine that the river was in good order with just a slight stain. Our venue was the absolutely beautiful although short Flower Hill Beat below Ballyduff.
This is always a good early season trout beat and has some really nice streamer water. I fished with an 11ft 5/6 Mackenzie Switch rod as the extra length might prove advantageous on this stretch at this time of year.
When we arrived at the Beat Kuba was delighted to see that we had only a very short walk from the car to the riverbank. We started at the top of the beat and worked our way down along the bank, wading one short part which has a lovely gravel bottom. We even spotted a salmon break the surface as we walked along.
The trout seemed to be holding in the slower water and I managed to get a few hits before managing to hook up and lose a fish or two. I changed fly and this worked a treat as the next three trout all stayed on. No monsters but they were very welcome.
Unfortunately a lot of debris started to float down the river, probably due to a rise in water height. This was making fishing a little awkward and as we had enjoyed the session enough we decided to finish up and come back another day for a proper try.
It was good fun and although Kuba didn’t fish much he enjoyed photographing the beat (including this awesome fallen tree) and I know he is really keen to get back there to fish for these trout.