Ghillie Vincent Appleby reports on the salmon and sea trout fishing in the past week on Lough Currane from his blog at http://wwwsalmonandseatroutphotos.blogspot.com/

24/9/14 Straight to the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com  Mr. Fran Murray and Mr. Shane O’Neill caught 2 juniors on the drift. Now we cut across the Lake to the Bungalow, Mr. Peter Liddel, while fishing with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com  caught a fine sea trout just over the 3 lb. which he sportingly returned, so my noble sea trout could head up stream to produce our great sea trout, be it small or specimen and best of all so we the angler can have good sport for the future and of course its right to survival, the reason I say this is because I had an email commenting on  my photo of the Fish Farm out at Scarriff so I will let Mr. Murray T. Beatts have the last word on today’s notes. I saw your post about Salmon Farms, and all I can say is ask the Canadians!  They have had a lot of trouble as a result of salmon farming in the ocean, including but not limited to inshore pollution caused by the inevitable overfeeding that goes along with salmon farming.  In some areas it has changed the coastal biology completely. Further, part of the local history in Waterville, as told to me by Michael Moriarty, is that the first incidence of UDN, commonly called Salmon Disease, was in Waterville and was rumoured to be the result of the short-lived rainbow trout hatchery there. This happened long before my time so it was not something I witnessed myself, but Mike was convinced of it.  Atlantic salmon and sea trout are such a fragile resource, that I would not agree that taking any risk with them merely to make money, was a good idea.  Especially since the sea trout fishing in Waterville is now so much better than it used to be in my day.

25/9/14 Straight to the South side of the lake and the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com and in Lakeland’s fly department, Boat number 1, Mr Fran Murray and Mr. Shane O’Neill, caught 15 sea trout, ranging from Juniors up to 2 lb. In Boat number 2, Bob and Roman, caught 5 juniors and in Boat 3, Erni and Renée caught 4 sea trout, ranging from juniors up to 3 lb. Now we cut across to the West end, Mr. Mark Doorman, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Bob Priestley, caught 2 sea Trout both in the 2 lb. class. Now we head down the North shore and to the Bungalow, Mr. Lindsey Richards of the UK fishing with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com was in good form again in the C&R department with 5 juniors to his rod. Now to Vince’s harbour, French guests fishing with their ghillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught 3 sea trout ranging from Juniors up to 2 lb. Wind light W with good cloud cover with misty rain at times.

26/9/14 Lough Currane as we all know is on the low side but this doesn’t deter enthusiastic Anglers from manipulating his or her flies or lures and today was no exception, first in the C&R striking zone was UK angler Mr Rob Elson, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, who caught a fine 4 lbs. Grilse on the troll and finished their day off with 3 sea Trout in the Junior class caught on the drift. Mr. Keith Nicklen, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught a fine salmon and finished their day off with a sea trout. Staying with the sea trout, Mr. Mike Fish caught a fine 2 lbs. sea trout on the drift, while fishing with his ghillie, the one and only MD, well DM your diagnoses was correct. Now for catch of the day and that goes to those renowned Luxemburg Anglers, Erni and Renée, while fishing with their ghillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com  caught 2 salmon and finished their day off with 2 sea trout. On the weather front, calm this morning, come afternoon there was a nice light Westerly blowing down the lake and very warm with good sunshine throughout the day.

27/9/14 Straight to the Sea Department, Mr. Keith Nicklen, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught 2 sea trout on the drift, both in the 2 ½ lb. class. Staying with the drift, Mr. Pierre Loyer, fishing his ghillie MD, caught 6 sea trout all in the junior class. Mr. Guy Hollis, while fishing with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com caught a sea trout in the 1 ½ lb. class, which he sportingly put back to fight another day. I finish today’s notes with a Photo that was sent to me today and I will let Barbara have the last word on today’s notes. “Hi Vincent, I went fishing with Michael O’Dwyer on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th of September and caught a salmon. We really enjoyed our first ‘proper’ fishing experience and had a fabulous afternoon with Michael on the beautiful loch.” Barbara Hewitt, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Mike and Barbara
Mike and Barbara Hewitt with her salmon

28/9/14 There was some reasonable action in both the salmon and sea trout department, mind you that depends what boat you were manipulating in? In the Salmon department, Mr. Ed Kelly of Killarney caught a fine 8 lb. salmon on the troll just outside the mouth of the Commeragh River. Also in good form in the Salmon department was Mr. Paddy Barrett, who caught a fine Salmon on the fly, in the 7 lbs. class, fishing with his ghillie MD Esq. Now to the Sea Trout department, guests fishing with their ghillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught 3 trout on the drift. Also in good form in the C&R sea trout department was Mr. Guy Hollis, while fishing with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com caught 2 fine Sea Trout from 2 lb. up to 3 lb. Staying with the sea trout, Luxemburg Anglers, Erni and René, while fishing with their ghillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com caught 7 sea trout on the fly, ranging from Juniors up to 2 lbs. and in Franks hired out Boat, fly department, Mr Finsing, caught a sea trout of 1 ½ lb., Mr. Phil Cronin and Donal O’Reilly, caught 3 Juniors to their boat, Mr. Jamie Boot caught 1 sea trout of 2 ½ lbs. Bob and Roman of Luxemburg caught a nice basket of Juniors. Now we head slightly west, Mr. Rob Elson of the UK, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton, caught 4 sea trout on the drift, ranging from Juniors up to 3 lb. and all were returned and staying with Mr. Rob Elson of the UK, yesterday, while fishing with his ghillie, Rob, caught and released a fine 4 ½ lb. grilse and finished their day off in the fly department with 3 sea trout, ranging from Juniors up to 2 lb.. Mr. Michael Roden caught 1 sea trout on the drift, while fishing with his ghillie Mr. Junior Scully. Wind west light with good cloud cover.

29/9/14 Straight to the hired out Boat Department of www.lakelandshouse.com Canadian Angler, Mr. John Hamill, caught 4 juniors on the drift and Mr. Clive MacDonnell caught a sea trout to his fly rod. UK angler Mr. Rob Elson fishing with his ghillie Mr. Terence Wharton, caught 4 sea trout, all in the 1 ½ lb. class and Rob was telling me that he lost a cracker of a sea trout, it took his fly and went right down and sadly the rest is history. Now we head to the salmon department, again Mr. Paddy Barrett was in good form with a fine 6 lb. salmon caught on the fly and ably assisted by his ghillie MD. Wind SW with good cloud cover this morning but sadly bright sunshine all afternoon.

30/9/14 Today may have been the last day of the 2014 Salmon season but at least 3 anglers went out with their Swan song. I start on the Famous Butler Pool and at www.watervillegolflinks.ie Mr. Paddy Barrett, was in great form again and finished his season with a 5 lb. salmon and his good friend ended the day with a fine grilse and in the words of their ghillie MD, I am one of the greatest! Now we head downstream to the Big Lake/Lough Currane, There is one angler who has made the headlines many a time this Season and that is Mr. Andy Wishart of Northern Ireland and today is no exception, yes you have it, he caught a fine grilse in the 4 lb. class on the troll, which he sportingly put back and just for the record Andy was fishing in the hired out boat department of Waterville Boats and at [email protected] Now to the Sea Trout department, UK Angler Mr. Rob Elson, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Terence Wharton, caught 3 Sea Trout, ranging from Juniors up to 3 lbs. Anglers fishing with their ghillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught 1 Junior. Just for the record there were a nice bag of Sea Trout caught by some Cork anglers, one of their sea trout was of a good grade so lads if you are reading the Blog, please drop me a line or even a photo if you have one. Wind W light with reasonable cloud cover this morning and good sunshine this afternoon, on that note as from tomorrow its all sea trout and C&R so let battle commence.

Mr. Joe Simpson
photo courtesy of
loughcurrane.com

1/10/14 Lough Currane was on the quiet side with just 2 Juniors caught by Kevin and Senan Lavery, while fishing with their ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com  As you all know it’s a year to the day when Mr. Paul Lawton of Cork caught and released that magnificent sea trout, and was ably assisted by Mr. Liam Ellis of Waterville and their cameraman was Mr. Peter Muldoon of Co. Cork, but sadly they have failed miserably in their duties to procure the same results this day and I have to say its back to the drawing board in all departments i.e. ghillie, fly man and cameraman, on that note we head for the poaching department of www.loughcurrane.com and the higher Lakes and Lough Namona, Regular visitor Joe Simpson caught a fine brown trout on Lough Namona today!  Just for the record you can fish the upper lakes until the end of the season and remember its fly only Wind west light with reasonable cloud cover.

Vincent Appleby

Eureka Lodge

Caherdaniel West,

Co. Kerry.

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