Ghillie Vincent Appleby reports on the salmon and sea trout fishing in the past week on Lough Currane…

Lough Currane
Dave
Photo taken by Local Angler
Mr. Ken Towner

9/7/15 We Start again on the upper Lakes, Enrico Fantasia of Dublin, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com on Lough Derriana caught 1 Junior and a good few Brown Trout, best weighing in at 2 lbs. All the fish were put pack to fight another day. Now we head down stream to Lough Currane and the battle of the day in Salmon Fly department.  First in the striking zone was UK angler Mr. Dave Eccelstone. Fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of www.vincentsfishing.com, Dave caught 2 fine Grilse both in the 5 lbs. class. Fellow UK Angler, Mr. Mark Knowles wasn’t going to be out classed and that he wasn’t. He caught a fine Grilse in the 5 lbs. Class and finished his day off with four Trout up to 3 lbs. All while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com. Now to the total Sea Trout department. Mr. Ronan Brodrick, fishing with his gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught 4 Sea Trout from junior class up to 4 lbs, again all returned to fight the battle of going up to their spawning grounds. Wind SE light and overcast with misty rain.

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Joe Simpson and his C&R Sea Trout

10/7/15 UK angler Mr. Mark Knowles, was in excellent form with the fly rod today with 3  Grilse and finished his day off with 3 Trout and his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com wasn’t amused in my reporting in the last few days, reason being, I failed to make it clear that his Client, Mr. Mark Knowles, returned all his Sea Trout that he has caught in the last few days. In my defence all I can say is, give me the facts please. In the total Sea Trout department, Mr. Steve O’Callaghan, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught 3 fine Sea Trout on the fly, up to 2 ½ lbs.  On the upper lakes, on Lough  Cloonaghlin, Mr. Joe Simpson, caught and released a fine 3.5 lbs. Sea Trout. Wind SW and gusty at times with good cloud cover.

11/7/15 It was a wild day on Lough Currane with a strong SW wind blowing, but this didn’t deter renowned  International professional Salmon and Sea Trout Guide, Mr. Matthew Solen from Co. Clare and guides his clients from Chile to Argentina and as far a field as Russia. Matthew was fishing with Waterville’s Top Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com and with that combination it wasn’t long before Matthew caught himself a fine 6 ½ lbs Grilse on the fly and if it wasn’t for the wild conditions they would have added to their basket but the weather won the day and by 2.30 pm they called it a day.

Martin James with his 6lb sea trout
Martin James with his 6lb sea trout

12/7/15 There was some good action on the Lake today and we start in the morning. Northern Ireland Angler, and no stranger to the Waterville Fishery, Mr. Andrew Wishart, fishing out of Waterville Boats and at [email protected] caught 2 fine Grilse on the troll. Staying in the trolling department, Guests fishing with local Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of www.vincentsfishing.com caught a fine Grilse. Also in good form in the trolling department, Mr. Tony Derick, caught a 4 lbs, Grilse Trolling and finished their day off with a fine Trout,while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com. Now to the Salmon C&R Fly department. UK Angler Mr. Mark Knowles, caught two Grilse on the fly and sent me a picture of gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com sitting on his laurels after their catch and release. Now to the Sea Trout department, Mr. Donal Rooney, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com caught one 1 ½ lbs. Sea Trout on the drift. In the specimen Sea Trout department Martin James of Cork caught a 6lb sea trout on a size 12 Raymond at lunchtime. He lost another.  Staying with the specimen Sea Trout, yesterday Mr. Tim O’Mahony  of Cork caught 6 ½ lbs. Sea Trout on the drift and finished his day off with a 4 ½ lbs. Sea Trout. Just for the record there were a good few boats out today, whether they caught fish or not they failed  miserably to let their fingers do the talking at the end of their day. Wind West light and overcast.

13/7/15 The Fly takes the head lines in today’s manipulation. I start on the South side in Copal. UK Angler Mr. Garry Carr, fishing out of http://www.cliffordbandb.com/ and fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby of www.salmonandseatrout.com caught his first Sea Trout on Lough Currane and may it be the first of many. Now we head over to the North Side, UK angler Mr. Kevin Wilcock, fishing with his gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com caught and released a fine Sea Trout in the 4lbs. Class. Now for a mixture of Salmon and Sea Trout with a touch of C&R, Mr. Mike Gallagan caught a Fine Grilse and finished his Day off with five Trout and his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com told me that all the Trout were released. Mr. Michael Wright, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com, while trolling, caught a fine Grilse and they finished their day off with a fine Sea trout. Staying in the trolling department, French angler, Mr. Pierre Loyer fishing with his gillie MD caught a fine Grilse.  Just for the record on the upper Lakes there have been a few Juniors and a few good Brown Trout caught up to 2 ¾ lbs. Mr. Tom Murphy caught a fine Sea Trout on the drift. Tom ties hisown flies – his favourite a Bibio variant so to speak. It’s never off the top dropper.  Wind SW fresh and overcast with misty rain at times.

14/7/15 Lough Currane was on the quiet side. To be fair to all fly anglers there was little to no wind this morning and what wind was there was from the NE and was NE all day and light to fresh in the afternoon. At least a couple of boats did see a bit of action. In the hired out boat department of www.oshealoughcurrane.com Mr. Laurence O’Reilley caught a fine 2 lbs. Sea Trout on the drift and last but not least Mr. Mike Gallagan caught a 4 lbs. Sea Trout on the fly, while fishing with his gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com. There was some good action on the Butler Pool at www.Watervillegolflinks.ie. In the words of Waterville House, Mr. Patrick Norton, fishing the Butlers Pool at Waterville House, caught a 7 ½ lbs. Salmon on a Black Shrimp Fly and in the evening, Waterville’s Kevin O’ Shea catches the 2nd 7lbs. Salmon of the day at the Butlers Pool at Waterville House. Wind as already stated and overcast with light showers on the edges of the lake but there was no rain on the actual lake itself.

15/7/15 Lough Currane was on the quiet side with just 1 Trout recorded to Mr. Michael Wright, while fishing with his gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com. To be fair it was calm all day with bright sunshine and in the words of one angler all Lough Currane was fit for was the Killarney races.

That is your ration from the opening days on Lough Currane, from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery, no spin no fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby

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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
Waterville lakes and rivers system