Ghillie Vincent Appleby reports on the salmon and sea trout fishing in the past week on Lough Currane from his blog at

1/5/15 It was a freezing cold Lough Currane, with a fresh SE wind, with light rain, but this didn’t deter my Noble anglers from going out and hoping to battle with the Wild Atlantic Salmon and I can tell you, it wasn’t long before the trolling reels were singing the Lough Currane National anthem. First in the striking Zone was Mr. William Timmermans of Holland and Waterville, who caught a fine 7 lb. Salmon, while fishing with his     ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of  Staying at the Bungalow and the Home of the Waterville Fishery. Mr. Daragh Pender of Cork and fishing out of  caught a 9 lbs. Salmon on the troll while fishing with his ghillie Mr.Terence Wharton Snr.

2/5/15 All quiet on the SW front. On the weather front, misty rain and heaver at times, wind WSW light to fresh. Now back to yesterday, I failed to report of a fine Sea Trout of 3 lb. caught on the fly, I can’t give the anglers name because I forgotten his name, sorry for that, some reporting!

Well known golfer Liam Higgins with a fine 11 lb. salmon on fly
Well known golfer Liam Higgins with a fine 11 lb. salmon on fly

3/5/15 The May Bank Holiday brought some great action on the fly and the troll after the flood. So here is today’s action. First in the striking Zone, was SJAJ Foley of Holland and Ireland, who caught his first 7 lbs. Salmon on the fly, on Lough Currane while fishing with hisGillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy Now we cut across to the South side and Kelly’s Bog, renowned Golfer Mr. Liam Higgins and caught a cracker of a Salmon of 11 lbs. on the fly, Liam may have used his engine as his driver but his fly rod gave him as good as a hole in one! Staying on the South side with the fly, Mr. Tim Harley caught a fantastic 12 ½ lbs. Salmon on the drift between Copal and Edery. Tim was telling me that he had one great battle, you could say his Noble Salmon was firing on all cylinders. Now to the Specimen Sea Trout department and the headlines go to Mr Michael Junior  Quilligan of Cork and fishing out of who caught a cracker of Sea Trout of just over 8 ½ lbs. on the troll. Wind light to fresh with good cloud cover with showers.

 Mr Michael Junior  Quilligan with a specimen sea trout from Lough Currane
Mr Michael Junior Quilligan with a specimen sea trout from Lough Currane

4/5/15  On the Salmon front there were no Salmon or Specimen Sea Trout snookered on the day shift but it was a different story on the evening shift and catch of the day goes to 9 year old Miss Jayden Fogarty, who caught her first 10 lbs. Salmon on the troll, while fishing with here Dad. so congratulations Jayden on your first Salmon and may it be the first of many.

Jayden Fogarty with her first salmon
Jayden Fogarty with her first salmon

Now back to yesterday because there is an update on Mr. Michael Junior Quilligan and party, not satisfied with their specimen Sea Trout, Michael and Mr. Peter Mullane went out again in the evening and caught a fine 10 lbs. Salmon on the troll. Wind South and fresh and overcast with the odd shower.                              

Michael and Peter with a 10 lb. salmon.
Michael and Peter with a 10 lb. salmon.

5/5/15 There was a fine 9 lbs Salmon caught on the troll on Lough Currane, by Mr. Liam Ellis of Waterville. Now we head upstream to the Commeragh River where Mr. Martin Coveny fishing out of

Martin Coveny with a 7 lb. salmon

caught a 7 lbs. Salmon. Wind NW fresh to strong at times with the odd shower.

6/5/15 My Noble Salmon were having a Blank Holiday this day on the Lough Currane, in other words, yes you have it, my Noble Anglers failed miserably in their duties in all departments. There was a strong NW wind this morning, come afternoon NW light to fresh and overcast with showers and felt very cold.

                  That is your ration for this week, from your Ghillie/Guide and the Waterville fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just facts

Vincent Appleby

Eureka Lodge

Caherdaniel West,

Co. Kerry.

Telephone:  +353 (0)66 9475248

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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
Waterville lakes and rivers system