Vincent Appleby reports on the salmon and sea trout fishing at Lough Currane…

28/5/15 First to the back date department, yesterday 27th UK Angler Mr. Pete Maxi caught a 3 lbs. Sea Trout and his good friend Mr. Justin Peyton Jones caught his first  ever Sea Trout of 2 ½ lbs. caught on a Bibio, while fishing with their Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly. Now back to the present, UK Angler Mr. Sean Smith was in great form again in the fly and the C&R department with a fine 4 ½  lbs. Sea Trout, his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of  reported to me that Sean caught his Sea Trout on a Bibio.

3 lbs. Sea Trout
Local Gillie Mr. John Murphy, caught a fine 3 lbs. Sea Trout on a Green Peter.

Now to the hired out Boat department of UK Angler Mr. Steve Savage, caught a fine 3 ½ lbs. Sea trout. Mr. William Hamilton, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly caught 2 fine Sea Trout. 1 of  2 ½ lbs. and finished his day off with a fine Sea Trout of 3 ½ lbs. their fly selection that won the day was a Muddler and a Black Pennell Variant. This Evening local Gillie Mr. John Murphy, caught a fine 3 lbs. Sea Trout on a Green Peter. Wind NW with reasonable cloud cover.

29/5/15 There was some great fly fishing on Lough Currane today so lets get to all the facts. We start on the North side and Waterville Boats Harbour and at [email protected] UK Hampshire Anglers, Mr. Trevor Dewberry, caught a fine 3 lbs. Sea Trout on the Bibio fly while fishing with Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan at [email protected]. His good friend Mr. Peter Ruttel, fishing with Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of caught a fine 2 ½ lbs. Sea Trout also on the fly.

Nigel caught his first salmon on fly
Nigel caught his first salmon on fly

Staying with the Hampshire Conquerors, Mr. Nigel Henshaw, caught his first ever Salmon and he did it in style while casting his Red Ass Green Peter fly at the point of Fur Island fishing a Intermediate Trout Fly line, Nigel was telling me that it took the best part of 45 minutes to play his Salmon and as it came to the surface his Gillie MD took one swipe and the celebrations began and are drinking the Waterville Bars Dry this evening as I write theses notes. All I can say is may it be the first of many, Cheers!

 Sea Trout 9 lbs
Justin Clayton-Jones caught a Sea Trout of 9 lbs. on a size 10 Bibio

Now to the specimen Sea Trout department, Mr. Justin Clayton-Jones of the UK caught a cracker of a Sea Trout of 9 lbs. on a size 10 Bibio on a floating line with a sinking tip. Justin was fishing with his good friend Mr. Pete Maxi and their Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly of Lake road Waterville. Last but least Dr. Neil Anderson, caught a fine 2 ½ lbs. Sea Trout on the drift. Wind NNW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover.

30/5/15 It was nasty day on the Lough Currane, but at least some Anglers reported  some Rod benders, first to the South side and the hired out boat department of Mr. Donal O’Reilly and Mr. Phil Cronin, caught one 2 ½ lbs Sea Trout on the drift. Now we cut across to the North side and the Bungalow, Mr. Enrico Fantasia, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught and released a Sea Trout of 2 ½ lbs. staying at the Bungalow, Mr. Leonard James, caught a fine 3 lbs. Sea Trout on the drift. Now we for the west End of the Lake, Mr. Mark Dorman, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, caught and released 2 fine Sea Trout both in the 3 lbs. Class. Wind South and strong and overcast with rain for most the day. On your Lough Currane Flies selection sadly my Noble Anglers were fishing for the secret service, in other words classified

31/5/15 We start with the Hampshire Conquerors, Mr. Nigel Henshaw of the UK, caught a fine Grilse on the fly, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy at

Mr. Nigel Henshaw of the UK, caught a fine Grilse on the fly

Now we head for the Sea Trout department and in the words of Fr Frank Power of Dublin and Jamaica fishing with Tom O’Shea and I caught a five and a half pound sea trout at Church Island on a red arse Green Peter. Strong North Westerly wind all day. Staying with the Sea Trout, Mr. Mark Dorman of Cork, caught and released a fine 2 lbs. 8oz Sea Trout, caught on the drift, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley. Wind as all ready stated. On a personal note would like to thank all you Anglers for sending in your great photos and please keep it up and that includes the Gillie’s.

1/6/15 For the 1st of June it felt like winter, with Lough Currane nearly at a standstill, with gale force Winds blowing all day with heavy rain. The odd boat did venture out and fished the sheltered spots but with no luck. Wind was W then veered SW veered again into the S and come this evening it veered NW. We can only see what tomorrow will bring, will it be rain will it be wind or will it be a Wild Atlantic Salmon or my Noble Specimen Sea Trout? So watch this space. 

2/6/15 Again Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong Westerly blowing down the Lake and going by the mobile there was little to no action. So we head over to Mr. Tom Murphy’s  Facebook and in his words, getting some good quality browns on Currane, Getting some Juniors, but they’re small, Very few over 30cms, but fresh with sea lice.

Brown trout
Brown trout

This photo of a fine Brown Trout was caught by Tom which I poached off his Facebook page, when he caught theses fine fish, I’m not sure, will give facts later, plus I hope he doesn’t send me a Solicitor’s letter for poaching, but for such a fine Brown Trout I couldn’t resist the poachers

3/6/15 Mr. Tom Murphy was in good form again after yesterdays catch, so take it away Tom, the stage is all yours. The brownies are still cooperative on Currane but not the Juniors. I did see a few Juniors  today but no luck. Conditions were tough with bright sunshine and southerly winds. It looks like the lake is just starting to drop after the rain during the week so I’d ‘expect’ fishing to improve. Mr. Paul Lawton caught a fine 3 lbs. Sea Trout on the drift.

30 brown trout and a 10lb salmon – what a day!

Now we head upstream to the Upper Lakes and Cloonaghlin, Mr. Olly Benkert of the UK and Mr. Denis Dennehy had a cracker of a day, caught 30 Trout and finished their day off with a fine 10 lbs. Salmon caught on a Bibio. Weather as already stated.

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