Fishing at Longueville House
The river Blackwater has been noted for a good run of salmon over the years, traditionally with spring fish arriving in February/March, grilse in June/July and a late run of autumn salmon in August/September. There is also an excellent brown trout population in the Longueville stretch, making for fantastic sport throughout the fishing season.
The season opens at Longueville House on 1st February and it closes on 30th September annually. Longueville has one and a half miles of beautiful fishing on the Blackwater adjoining the estate, approx. 50 miles upstream from the river estuary at Cappoquin. With the removal of commercial drift net fishing we are seeing a revival of salmon numbers throughout the country, which will hopefully give a great run in future seasons. The removal of Clondulane weir in recent years has also greatly enhanced the salmon fishing at Longueville - there are great reasons to be optimistic for the coming seasons!
We are delighted to be able to offer a number of other stretches along the Blackwater should the fishing not be right near Mallow. Please enquire with the House to check for availability.
In early spring as the water is cold and often high, spinning may give best results. A 10ft rod with artificial baits such as Toby’s, Flying © or Devon’s (up to 3”) are most popular. For fly-fishing we recommend a 14ft double-handed rod with a sinking line or fast sink tip, with large flies from 4 to 8 often used. Weighted flies, for example tube flies are becoming popular in an effort to get the fly down in the water. The most popular flies throughout the year are Shrimp’s, Garry Dog, Cascade, Willie Gun and Thunder and Lightning, although most people have their own particular favourites. In recent years we have had some good late runs of spring salmon throughout April and into May.
For summer salmon or grilse fishing we normally get a good run of fish in June and July, depending on the volume of rain. We recommend using smaller bait and flies, sizes 10 to 12 and maybe even 14, as grilse are smaller fish and the river is often lower. Here fly fishing comes into its own. Lighter tackle and a floating line with a 12-14ft rod are for better sport, although a sink tip can be useful in case of a rise in water.
Come the end of August and into September we get a good run of autumn fish. These fish can vary in size from 3lb right up to 12lb+, and the fishing can vary accordingly. In lower water we advise similar tackle to summer, with 12-14ft rods and smaller size flies 10 to 12. In bigger water 14ft rods are needed, with heavier line, sink tips and larger flies 6 to 10. Autumnal coloured flies such as Ally’s Shrimp or Silver Wilkinson often do well.
We also have lovely wild brown trout throughout the Longueville stretch, which can be very good, particularly if the salmon is not. A light single handed 9ft trout rod is perfect, with a 5 line most common.
There is an angling bag limit of 10 salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40 cm) on the Blackwater.
Subject to the maximum annual bag limit of 10 fish an angler may take:
A total of one salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day for the period beginning January 1st to May 11th (three fish in total may be retained for this period),
Daily Bag Limit: Three salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from May 12th to August 31st (except where a salmon rod (one-day) ordinary licence is held, one fish),
Daily Bag Limit: One salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from 1st September to the close of the season,
There is an angling bag limit of three sea trout (under 40cm) per angler per day.
After the daily bag limit has been taken, anglers are permitted to fish catch and release, using single, barbless hooks. The killing and possession of foul hooked fish is prohibited.
Ghillie and Equipment:
All fishing tackle and ghillie can be supplied and arranged if required when given a little notice. We highly recommend the use of a ghillie for those who have not fished before, or are new to the Blackwater. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of the river in all conditions and can be the difference between a blank day and landing a fish. Ghillie service costs €120 per day from one to four rods and €90 for half a day (under three hours).
We have a limited number of rods, reels and lines available to suit the conditions at Longueville. Please enquire in advance should you need to use these. We also have a number of flies and nylon available for purchase.
Wading is normal practice due to the size and nature of the Blackwater and its gravel bed. Whilst we are endeavouring to make all pools fishable from the bank, the wading angler will enjoy greater access to all the lies than the bank angler. We have a limited number of waders available in Longueville. Again please let us know in advance should you wish to avail of these.
Charges and Records:
Salmon fishing fee is €85 per rod per day for resident guests and is charged to the hotel guest account.
Trout fishing fee is €30 per rod per day for resident guests and is charged to the hotel guest account.
For our Non Resident Guests, salmon fishing fee is €100 and trout fishing fee is €50 subject to availability.
All anglers must be in possession of a valid state rod licence. This licence (statutory) can be supplied by the hotel to our resident guests at €20 per day as Longueville House Hotel is a distributor of rod licences. A 21 day rod licence is also available at €40.
All salmon and sea trout over 40cm that are kept must be tagged and the logbook filled out accordingly (both supplied with licence). It is prohibited to sell any rod caught salmon or sea trout.
Anglers must notify the house of any fish caught, even if they are released and fill out appropriate forms.