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

Currane Championship

The 2015 ‘Currane Championship’ Waterville’s Sea Trout Catch and Release Fly-fishing Competition, organised this year by The Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust, will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September. The entry fee has been reduced this year to €150 including Dinner at the prize giving on the Saturday evening. All are welcome to enter!
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Angling reports

26/8/15 Lough Currane was on the quiet side in all departments going by the iphone. A few Juniors were caught on the fly, but you can say with out any fear of contradiction in the overall angling community, they failed miserably in their duties, in their manipulation of their flies, selection and presentation, and their choice of drift, and last but not least they failed to let their fingers do the talking at the end of their day. All I can say is, iphone or not I have spoken and just for the record I failed miserably my self, so who the hell am I to criticize. Wind WNW and veered WSW and overcast with showers.

Specimen Sea Trout by Ramon O'Reilly
Specimen Sea Trout by Ramon O’Reilly

25/8/15 Straight to the hired out boat department of Waterville Boats and at [email protected] Mr. Ramon O’Reilly, was in great form with his fly rod today while drifting on Lough Currane, a cracker of a Sea Trout rose to his fly. As Ramon struck his fine fish, experience told him the chances were that he was into a specimen Sea Trout and the battle was on. After a fine fight his Sea Trout was ready for the net and with one swipe the fish was dispatched. Just for the record Ramon had every intention of returning this fine specimen Sea Trout of 6 lbs.7 ozs but sadly the gills were damaged. Now we cut across to the south side of the Lake, Local Gillie Mr. John Murphy, caught 2 juniors and finished his day off with a fine Sea Trout of 3 ½ lbs. all caught on the fly. Wind SE then veered SW fresh to strong with rain this morning and made a small flood.

24/8/15 Lough Currane was on the quiet side in all departments. Wind North light with reasonable cloud cover with the odd shower.

Charlie Chaplin looking a bit glum with the angling results…

23/8/15 Charlie Chaplin takes all the headlines in Waterville and Kerry take all the headlines, as they win at Croke Park both in Minor and Senior football semi-finals and my Noble Anglers had nothing to celebrate as they failed miserably in their duties. Wind West light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover at times.

Terrance found success at the Bulters Pool
Terrance found success at the Bulters Pool

22/8/15 The Charlie Chaplin Festival is in full swing and our Charlie made the Lough Currane anglers look like right Charlie’s today in all departments but thankfully the same couldn’t  be said downstream on the Famous Butlers Pool and at  local Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr, caught a fine 6 lbs. Salmon on a Tube Fly and saved the day from total embarrassment. Wind calm for most of the day, when it did get up it was light westerly with reasonable cloud cover at times.

21/8/15 To all you C&R Anglers there is some good news from Lough Currane Horizon, a young teenage Angler from Boston, Mass, USA, Gavin Dowley, went Salmon fishing for the first time in his life and caught two fine Grilse within hour and a half. His Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of asked Gavin why did he put both fish back, “Well where I fish in the US we put everything back”. No Spin No Fly’s just a simple touch of C&R. Staying in the Grilse Department, Northern Ireland Angler Mr. Andy Wishart, caught a fine 5lbs. Grilse on the Troll and caught 2 Sea Trout both on the fly in the 2 lbs. Class, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy  of  Wind SW fresh with good cloud cover, with the odd shower.

20/08/15 We Start on the World famous Butler Pool and at Local Angler Mr. Jim Sayers was on the early shift on the Butlers Pool and it wasn’t long before he caught himself a fine 6 lbs. Salmon on the fly. Now we head upstream to Lough Currane and the South side of the Lake and at, Dr. John Delap, while fly fishing with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of  was in great form with 4 Sea Trout ranging from Junior class up to 5 ½ lbs. and were all returned. Now to the Salmon department and catch of the day and that goes to UK angler Mr. Dave Eccelstone, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of caught 3 Salmon on the fly and their weights are as follows, 6.5lb, 5lb and 4.25lb. In the trolling department, Northern Ireland Angler Mr. Andy Wishart, caught a fine Grilse on the Troll, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of

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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Vincent Appleby Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel West, Co. Kerry.
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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