Guide Vincent Appleby reports on the activities at Lough Currane…
24/06/15 I start with catch of the day and for good reason, UK Anglers, Mr Alex Muir and Peter Liddell, fishing out of www.butlerarms.com and fly fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught three fine Grilse, their weights are as follows, 4 ¼ lbs. 6 lbs. 6 lbs. and just for the record Alex caught one to his fly rod and Peter caught 2 to his rod. Their choice of flies were in the classified information department, the only bit of info I got was they were caught on a floating line and two were caught on a intermediate fly line, all I can say on their fly selection, it was a Neil special with an Italian connection. Now we head for the south side and the hired out Sea Trout boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com Luxemburg anglers Ernie and Bob both caught 1 Sea Trout on the fly each, both in the 2 ½ lbs. class. Also in good form in Franks hired out boat department was Mr. Bill Bullock, who caught two Sea Trout both in the 3 ½ lbs. class and last but not least, UK Angler, Mr. Barry Vaughan, caught two 3lbs. Sea Trout on the drift. Wind light and variable with reasonable cloud cover.
25/06/15 It was a raging day on Lough Currane today, with a strong Southerly wind, but this didn’t deter UK anglers, Mr Alex Muir and Peter Liddell, fishing out of www.butlerarms.com catching two fine Grilse ranging from 3 lbs. up to 5 lbs. and their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com also reported to me that they finished their day off with a fine 2 lbs. Sea Trout. Talking of the South, that’s where we head for next and the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com Mr. Michael Heary and Neil Gilchrist, caught 5 Sea Trout to their boat, from Juniors up to 4 lbs. and released four of them. Staying in Frank’s hired out boat department, Mr. William Hamilton, caught 2 Sea Trout, both in the 2 lbs. class and all caught on the fly. Wind as already stated and overcast with rain this evening
and heavy at times.
26/06/15 It was another wild day on Lough Currane, but this didn’t deter two Canadian Anglers, Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Ford from catching and releasing a 5 ½ lbs. Salmon / Grilse, caught on the troll, while fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com On the Sea Trout front very little action going by the mobile, but to be fair it was very rough with reasonable cloud cover.
27/06/15 I start with some great pictures of Salmon and Sea Trout all caught on the fly, by Anglers fishing out of www.lakelandshouse.com will give more facts tomorrow. Staying with the fly, Mr. Andrew Brown, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, caught and released 2 ½ 4 ½ lbs. Sea Trout and finished their day off by caching and releasing a fine Grilse of 3 ½ lbs. and Andrew was telling me that, yesterday they released 1 Grilse /Salmon of 4 ½ and a Junior. Also in good form today were two anglers fishing on their own, they caught two Salmon and two Sea Trout, the anglers in question don’t want their names on line, all I can say is they had plenty of Game fish on a floating line. Mr. Peter Kiernan caught a fine 3 ½ lbs. Sea Trout on a Bibio, on a floating line, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. John Murphy. Now to the trolling department and catch of the day, Mr. Martin Coveney of Cork, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com caught two fine Salmon on the troll both in the 7 lbs. and 8 lbs. Class. Wind SW fresh to strong and overcast, with heavy rain this evening.
28/06/15 The Bungalow takes all the headlines and for a great reason, two young Anglers caught their first Salmon, first in my striking zone is Mr. Nathan Bratton, caught a fine 4 lbs. Grilse on the troll, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com and the action didn’t stop there because Nathan’s cousin, Dion Dennehy fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com caught a cracker of a Salmon on the troll in the 8lbs.class. On a personal note, congratulations to the both of them and its great to see young Anglers take up the Game fishing mantle. On the Sea Trout front just a few Juniors caught but nothing that would make the Game Fishing journal and if there was, they failed miserably in their duties, as I say that I have just received a Text from the hired out boat and fly department of www.lakelandshouse.com that, Mr. Barry Vaughan and Mr. Leon Smith caught 2 fine Sea Trout in the 2 lbs. Class. Now to the apology department, yesterday I made a technical mess up in the www.lakelandshouse.com notes, I got all the anglers names wrong and for good reason not watching what I was doing sorry for that Barry and John especially after Frankie gave me the facts three times. On the weather front, wind SW fresh reasonable cloud cover at times but mainly sunny and just for the record it made a flood yesterday, amount of rainfall was 15 mm.
29/06/15 Breaking News, just in from Lough Currane, Mr. Andrew Brown, fly fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, caught and released a fine 5 lbs. Salmon / Grilse and yesterday C&R a 4 lbs. Sea Trout.
Mike the Bull of Waterville and Tralee, takes all the head lines in the Salmon department, when interviewing Mike, I asked where did he catch his fish, he replied all I can tell you, I caught it on a Black Birds Fancy on a floating line and the rest as you would say is classified information, so on that note we head out onto Lough Currane, there was just a few Juniors caught. On the weather front there was very low cloud and misty rain for most of the day, with a strong southerly wind.
30/06/15 Straight to the Sea Trout department, Mr. Merick Parsons, caught 2 Sea Trout both in the 2 lbs. class, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com Now for a mixture of Salmon and Sea Trout, Mr. Martin Sutton caught a fine Sea Trout on the drift on a Green Peter Muddler, using a floating line and his Father Mr. Greg Sutton finished their day off with a lightening fresh 4 ½ lbs. Salmon Grilse on the troll and in the words of their Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com we should have had two Salmon for the day, but as they say, that’s fishing. Staying with the fly, Mr. Garry O’Hagan caught a fine 4 lbs. Sea Trout on a Thunder and lightening on a floating line and his Gillie MD was telling me that they lost 5 more good fish of which some were Salmon. Now to the River department, which river I couldn’t tell you and yes you have it, Mike the Bull was in great form with the Black Birds Fancy and his floating line and for good reason, he caught another fine Salmon in the 8 lbs. Class, when I asked Mike where did he catch his fish, he replied that’s like a red rag to a Bull and I have only one thing to say, No comment. Wind SE then veered SW light to calm and overcast.
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.
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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
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