On moving upstream i knew that we might have a better chance meeting a fish due to the slower water and this would allow both fly and spinner to achieve optimum depth. Fishing down from the top of the beat i caught 9 Kelts which were in great condition and even one gave me a scare for a moment due to the fact that it stayed deep and pulled hard upstream. Looking at the spent fish and the great condition that they were in i reckon that they were late arrivals ( October / November ) and now having spawned are heading back. The fish are not marked and some have still got good body weight to them and fight very strong so they are not in the system very long. Last October and November a large number of fresh salmon were seen going over Fermoy weir and i reckon i caught a few of those fish today. I was using a 20gr Black / Silver flying C with a size four blade to achieve maximum depth, casting upstream from mid water to the far bank i met all my fish hugging the bottom. Kieran also caught three kelts on the fly but the downstream wind was making fishing a nightmare for both systems because it was speeding up and blowing the lines back across the river and not allowing us to fish slower. With cold weather due i reckon that if the river drops another foot and a half there might be some fresh fish caught over the weekend. At the time of writing this report i didn't hear of any fresh fish taken on the Blackwater. The video will be edited and up on youtube tomorrow ish due to the fact that i'm knackered from spinning heavy water all day.