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The Blackwater River flows through the Blackwater Valley in County Waterford in the south east of Ireland from its source in County Kerry. The river is renowned for its salmon fishing but can also offer very good sea trout and brown trout fishing. Ballyduff Bridge fisheries control a number of beats (stretches) of this river. The Ballyduff Bridge beat is almost a mile long offering a huge variety of water and is particularly suited to fly fishing.

Ballyduff Bridge
Ballyduff Bridge

Upstream near the village of Ballyhooley (a few miles outside the town of Fermoy, Cork) we have two beats. The Ballincurrig Beat is one of the most beautiful locations along the river and has an excellent piece of fly water flowing into a deep pool. Just downstream on the opposite bank we have a short but productive beat, called Magners. This beat fishes also well in high water.

Ballincurrig as the water drops and clears

Ballyduff Bridge fisheries caters for beginners and experienced anglers alike; it has something to offer every angler – exceptionally good fly runs, very good spinning areas and some deep pools for occasional bait fishing. Off road parking is very close to our beats and there are fishing huts on Ballyduff Bridge and Ballincurrig.


Connie with Valerie after catching this lovely fish of 21lbs

The fishery is under a continual programme of maintenance and improvement and is managed by ghillie Conie Corcoran.  A self-catering cottage sleeping up to six people is close and convenient to the ballyduff bridge beat. The cottage is very popular with guests so it is important to check availability. There is of course other accommodation in the area, both B&B and self-catering.