Spinfish Online Magazine


Glenda Powell Guiding & Blackwater Salmon Fishery

''With peaks of joy and valleys of heartache, life is a rollercoaster ride, the rise and fall of which defines our journey. It is both scary and exciting at the same time'' Sebastian Cole


Glenda Powell
It is now time to breath, and reflect, on what seems to have been the most busy season in my career as a fly fishing guide, fishery owner and casting demonstrator.

Thank you, to you, our customers and friends for your support and friendship over the years. Your presence and kindness is a gift that we appreciate very much.

On February 1st we opened the season with the attendance of many valued friends followed by a Skagit/Sunk line course on the 3rd. On the 4th we Christened our nephew Michael in Northern Ireland (''Beverley's one''), and the following three weekends I was attending shows in France, Dublin and Austria as a casting demonstrator and teacher.

In March we held two more courses on Spey Casting for beginners, Improvers and an LTS come and try a day. Then came the snow and high water.

Days later my mother passed away. We buried mummy on the Thursday and that following Sunday, which was Easter Day, we decided to have a family outing to Tayto Park with all the children.

Life, it seems can sometimes be just like the Cu Chulainn Roller Coaster in Tayto Park - joy and heartache with it's peaks and valleys. I must say one rollercoaster ride was enough for me that day, and as for the children, they all had a ball.

In April the Blackwater was still high and I attended shows in Northern Ireland – Strabane, Germany at the EWF near Munich, caught my first Grayling in Austria, thanks to Peter Oberwimmer, Regina and Jurgen and many friends from the EWF show, and finished the month in Holland at the Dutch Fly Fair.

May and June I mostly spent on the Blackwater guiding/teaching and the fishing was excellent. We held a day for ladies and had a great day on the river. In mid May I was teaching near Vienna at the annual event held by Osterreichische Fischereigesellschaft gegr.1880 one of the oldest fly fishing clubs in Austria.

At the end of June the temperatures soared and the rain in May seemed like a distant memory. I attended the show at Shanes Castle in Antrim followed by a trip to Scotland and ran a very successful Ladies Salmon Fishing course on the Kercock beat of the River Tay greatly assisted by Gary Harkin which was to be the first of two courses while attending the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace in the middle of the courses.

Unfortunately due to me spending a week in Nine Wells Hospital in Dundee with Septicemia I could not attend the fair or host the second ladies course. I recovered with a lot of help from some very kind and caring Scottish and English fishing friends and thank God each day that I am alive and have all my limbs.

The dates for the two courses on the Tay for next year are set and I will be holding an open course with men and women and a ladies only course. More to follow in the next newsletter or if you would like to get in touch I can give you the details for the courses in early July.

Two weeks later I was on the trip of a lifetime working with a client in Greenland on the Kangia River and I will write about this in my next newsletter.

All of August and September was spent on the Blackwater teaching and guiding and even though we were catching fish we were praying for rain. The last rain fell in May and it was not until nearly the end of September when the river rose again and brought the fish up from the tidal waters. On our best day we caught 24 salmon - most of which were returned however, our hearts went out to the people who did not catch fish, or who tried their very best to catch fish during the low water conditions. This was certainly a season to remember for low water throughout Europe and we can only hope that this dry, hot weather does not repeat too often for the fish and the anglers.

In the next few days I will be sending the photos that I took of your days with me on the river if you have not already received them.

Course dates for the coming season will be out in the next week and if you have the opportunity to attend the Irish Fly Fair Galway in early November then please come and say hello. I am honoured to be a casting demonstrator again this year and thank Stevie Munn and his team for all their hard work.

We are taking bookings for fishing and tuition/guiding for next season.

Please contact me on glenda@glendapowellguiding.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our fishery.

Our postal address is

lenda Powell Salterbridge Cappoquin Co Waterford Ireland P51 X4H2

Also please note that my very old email address of glenda@ireland-salmon-fishing.net will no longer be in operation in 2018/19. Please change it to glenda@glendapowellguiding.com

Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

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