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Salmon continue to run Lough Currane over Easter

April 4th, 2018 | by

Lough Currane and River Inny updates from Vincent Appleby and the Waterville Lakes and Trust

The Appleby reports

28/3/18 All Lough Currane’s action comes from renowned Kilkenny Angler Mr. Tommy Duggan and his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com who were in great form this morning in the trolling department and finished his trip off with a cracker of a 12 lbs. Salmon and returned another. They also caught a good few Kelts and for the rest of My Noble anglers they looked on with envy! Wind was all over the place light to calm all day with good cloud cover with hale showers. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall,1.1mm  Maximum air temperature 11.4c.

29/3/18 There was some fine action on the Big Lake this day so straight to the action and we start on the North Shore, local angler Mr Robert Elson of http://thecrescentwaterville.ie/ was in flying form, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught a cracker of a 11 lbs. Salmon on the troll and staying with the North Shore we head for the Bungalow, Mr. Michael Roden of Dublin and Waterville, caught a fine 8.75 lbs. while trolling with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com Now we head across the Big Lake to the South side and the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com German anglers Mr. Heinz Hilderbrand and Mr. Heiner Aldebert, caught a fine 10 lbs. Salmon on the troll and that wraps up todays fine action. Wind was all over the place, light to calm with hail showers at times and very cold out on the Lake. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 4.7mm. Maximum air temperature 9.3c

30/3/18 The Lough Wild Atlantic Salmon were celebrating this Good Friday because for the first time in 90 years one could celebrate with a pint legally after ones days fishing so on this historical day we start at Waterville boats and at watervilleboats@gmail.com Local Gillie Mr. Eric Jouen, caught a fine 10 lbs. Salmon on the troll this morning and by all accounts had a good battle and in the words of Mr. Eric Jouen “I gave him the Butt and now I can go home to my Family and celebrate Easter in style” and there’s no argument to that. Staying in the trolling department, Local Gillie Mr. Sion Brain also caught a fine 8lbs. Salmon, while trolling. Wind ENE light with reasonable cloud cover with showers. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall, 3.0mm.Maximum air temperature 8.6c.

31/3/18 It certainly was a Good Friday and I can say without any fear of contradiction Easter Saturday was all quiet on the SW front in all departments and with bright sunshine all day, at least My Noble Anglers had a bonafide excuse for their slack lines. Wind ENE light as you can see by the photos of Lough Currane’s Famous Fishing Family Vincent O’Sullivan. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall  0.1mm. Maximum air temperature 8.0c.

1/4/18 All the action comes from the Bungalow, Mr. Nick Kennedy, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught a fine 7 lbs. Salmon on the troll. Just for the record it was wild out there with a strong SE wind blowing with heavy rain at times and in fact it was that rough only three boats ventured out this Easter Sunday. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 0.3mm.Maximum air temperature 9.6c.

2/4/18 All Wild Atlantic Salmon headlines come from South side and at www.lakelandshouse.com French Angler Chioe Duperat, caught a fine 9 lbs. Salmon on the troll, while fishing with her Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of  www.lakelandshouse.com and for the rest of the pros and amateur’s alike, it was all quiet on the SW front. Wind SE light and overcast. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 3.4mm. Maximum air temperature 6.9c. Total amount of rainfall for March 130.6mm.

Andrew Wishart with his 10lbs Currane salmon

Andrew Wishart with his 10lbs Currane salmon

3/4/18 Mr. Andrew Wishart of Northern Ireland takes all the Salmon headlines, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught a cracker of a 10 1bs. Salmon on the troll. And the other anglers that were manipulating lures and flies sadly it was all quiet in all departments. Wind SSE fresh with good cloud cover with rain at times. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 3.3mm. Maximum air temperature 12.8c

That is your ration from the last week on Lough Currane, from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery, no spin no fly’s just facts.

Vincent Appleby


The Trust report

The spring salmon run continues!

After a glorious Easter weekend Monday reverted to the usual wind and torrential rain which tends to visit us at this time of year. We are amazed to report that despite the gales an mountainous waves, one of the ghillies ventured out with his client and still managed to catch another spring salmon!


The run of these well conditioned two sea winter fish has continued and the numbers caught, since the salmon season opened on Currane in January, is currently equalling the 2015 season, which itself was the best in recent years. This is of course measured against a series of poor returns since 2010, but nevertheless it does engender some optimism.


The Trust is naturally disappointed that none of the ‘Fin Clipped’ fish from their Salmon Conservation Programme has yet shown up in the anglers catches, so we urge all anglers to look out for and report any ‘fin clipped’ fish caught in the next few weeks.


It has been reported that numbers of brown trout and salmon and sea trout parr have been taking advantage of the continuing massive hatches of ‘Duckfly’ on Currane. On the lake this morning there were vast clouds of the insects in the air above the boat landings. We recently checked some of the salmon scales from our Scale reading programme and it is interesting to see the obvious accelerated growth of these parr immediately before they run into the tide. Undoubtedly assisted by these massive duck fly hatches!


Duck Fly

The Trust’s representative attended the Annual Rivers Trust Conference, which this year was held in Dublin. There were over 250 delegates from Rivers Trusts all across the British Isles and it was a great opportunity to share help and information. Our very young Rivers Trust was well recognized for the conservation work we are undertaking and we received much encouragement from the more established Trusts across both Ireland and the UK.


These next two weeks sees the Trust co-hosting, with the our local Sea Synergy organization, some EU Erasmus students from southern France, who have come to learn about the ecology of our inshore and fresh waters. We are pleased to extend our support to this important programme.


We are still anxiously awaiting our first sea trout of the year on Lough Currane – lets hope it is a good one!


Lough Derriana this morning looked more like an Arctic lake than a Kerry one! A dull slate gray and bitter wind. No sign of duck flies here yet! A spell of much needed milder weather would certainly bring them on up here and with them the fine trout for which Lough Derriana is renowned!

Lough Derriana

Lough Derriana

We were also very interested to hear of the capture and release of a ‘well mended’ hen kelt, which was originally ‘fin clipped’ at our conservation hatchery in the autumn of 2015! Clearly a fish which had returned and spawned in the wild. Lets hope she fares well in the North Atlantic again and returns to spawn a second time next year!


Rod Robinson
Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust


Go fishing…

Vincent Appleby

Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel West, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 (0)66 9475248
E-mail: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net
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Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust

The Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust, formed by concerned volunteers in 2016, is one of the new Rivers Trusts to be set up in Ireland and is currently aspiring to Charitable Status. Its remit is to protect the fresh and coastal waters of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Find out more and how you can contribute at

Find out more about Lough Currane…

The rivers and lakes of Waterville drain a large catchment and are regarded by many as the foremost Salmon and Sea-Trout fishery in the country. The lake system is well developed with access to boats and guides being readily available to the tourist angler. The Sea-Trout caught here are renowned for their size and quantity. For more details see

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