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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Rory Burke got his first salmon, a 4lb fish caught on fly, from Copal Lake

27/8/15 Lough Currane has a new King of the fly in the making, 15 year old Rory Burke of the UK and the Grandson of  renowned UK and Waterville Angler Mr. Kevin McGillicuddy, caught his first ever Salmon a 4lb fish onthe fly, from Copal Lake. His Gillie MD was telling me that this was his first time ever fly fishing and young Rory finished his day off with a fine 1 lbs. Sea Trout. There was no comment from the rest of the Lough Currane anglers and for good reason, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out why, yes you have it they failed again. Wind SW fresh to strong with showers.

28/8/15 Lough Currane was on the quiet side in all departments. Wind W fresh with reasonable cloud cover.

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Matt Whiteley with his specimen sea trout

29/8/15 We start on the upper Lakes and Lough Derriana and the C&R fly department,  in the last few days Mr. Tony Gibbins and party from Co Mayo have had fantastic fishing with 80 Juniors caught and a few nice Sea Trout in the 2 lbs class. Not satisfied with that, they came down to the Big Lake/Lough Currane and showed the rest of the angling community how it should be done in style. Yes – you have it, today, fishing in the hired out boat department of, Mr. Matt Whiteley of Westport Co Mayo, caught a cracker of a specimen 6.56 lbs. Sea Trout out at the Sisters on a size 8 Alexandra fly, on a floating line.  Just for the record Matt would have released this fine fish but again sadly this fish was damaged in the gills. Staying with the Co Mayo anglers in the last few days they have had some good baskets of Sea Trout taken from Lough Currane from Junior class up to 2 lbs. For the rest of the Lough Currane anglers there wasn’t a murmur from their reels or their mobiles today but at least the paparazzi was in full swing on his Silver wing Honda. Wind SW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover at times.

30/8/15 Lough Currane was all quiet on the SW front in all departments and to be fair to my Noble Anglers there wasn’t  much wind, and what wind was there was light and variable with plenty of sunshine.

31/8/15 Straight to the Bungalow and the C&R Sea Trout fly department. Mr. Arnold Slater, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught 5 Sea Trout, ranging from Junior class up to 4 lbs. Now we cut right across the Lake to Coffee’s Bay. Local Angler Mr. Liam Ellis caught and released a fine Sea Trout on the drift, in the 3 lbs. class.  Wind calm this morning and fresh Northerly in the afternoon with reasonable cloud cover with the odd light shower.

1/9/15 There wasn’t any white horses on Lough Currane today and for good reason it was like a Millpond (not Milk pond), even though there was odd breeze  coming from the North. The only boat to register was Mr. John Fielding, who caught 1 Trout while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of In the words on one prominent Gillie, Its hard out there and there is no argument to that.

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