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

13/8/15 Even the optimistic angler turned pessimistic on Lough Currane today and for good reason it was like blazing saddles with no wind. What wind was there was from the West and wouldn’t have blown a candle out.

John Murphy had this salmon fishing the Butlers Pool

14/8/15  We Start on the World Famous Butlers pool of Local Gillie Mr. John Murphy was in good form with his fly rod on the Butlers  Pool today and for good reason, he caught a fine 5 lbs. Salmon. Now we head upstream to Lough Currane and down the North Shore to the Bungalow. Co Clare Angler, Mr. Michael Solen, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught and released a fine Sea Trout of 4 ½ lbs. For the rest of the Angling community there was no comment on the Western Front. Wind NW light to fresh with the odd light shower.

15/8/15 All the news come from the Bungalow on the North side. Local Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of reported that his client, Mr. Michael Solen from Co Clare, caught 3 Trout on the drift and in Neil’s hired out boat department there was a fine 3 lbs Sea Trout, caught on the drift. Wind West light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover.

Kevin O’Shea got this salmon in the Butlers Pool

16/8/15 Straight to the World famous Butlers Pool at Local Angler Mr. Kevin O’Shea, takes all the headlines in the Salmon department and for good reason, he caught a cracker of a Salmon on a Shrimp fly, weighing in at 13 lbs. Now we head up stream to Lough Currane and up the North Shore to Waterville Boats  [email protected]. The Lough Leane Anglers, had their annual fly fishing outing today and in their words, had a cracking day in the fly department and here are their results.  Mr. Patsy Flaherty, caught a 3 lbs. 4 ½ ozs Sea Trout, Mr. Timmy O’Connor, caught 1 Sea Trout in the 2 lbs class, Mr. Timmy O’Donoghue, also caught a 1 lbs. 14 ½ ozs Sea Trout. Mr. Jerry Buckley, caught 2 Sea Trout, both in the 1 lbs. 12 ½ ozs. Class. They also caught a good few Brown Trout, the best weighing in at 2 lbs and saw a good few Salmon moving. Well satisfied with their Hired out Boats from Waterville Boats , [email protected], and the good fishing, they were heading out again this evening. From the rest of the angling community there was no comment so I come to the conclusion their fishing was rather Leane. Wind SE light with good cloud with light rain at times.

17/8/15 All the Game fishing headlines come from the Bungalow and Mr. Arnold Slater, while fly fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught and released four Sea Trout and for the rest of the angling community it was all quiet on the SW front. Wind ESE light and overcast with light misty rain at times.
sylvester and his client salmon 2015 007
18/8/15 Lough Currane was flat calm this morning so as you can imagine my Noble fly angers were redundant until about midday and going by their fingers this evening they didn’t do very well. On that note we head over to the trolling department where at least one angler did see a nice bit of action and that was Mr. Holger Fichel of Germany, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly. Now we head for the upper Lakes and Lough Derriana, Mr. Steven Gavin and Mr. Tom Murphy, caught 14 Juniors and twice as many Brown Trout. Wind calm to light S then veered SSW light with reasonable cloud cover at times.

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