Vincent Appleby reports from Lough Currane where grilse provided some sport over the Bank Holiday weekend…

01/06/17: Lough Currane was all quiet on the SW front in all departments, even though there was a nice breeze from the SW and followed by a nice drop of  rain, how much I will give you all the facts tomorrow, so on that note I will hand you over to your guide who is on top of the world, so click and enjoy. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 1.5mm. Maximum air temperature 16.6c.

02/06/17:  A fine 8 ½ lbs. Salmon was caught on the Commeragh river by Mr. Martin Coveny. Meanwhile the six boats out manipulating and stimulating their flies and lures today on the Big Lake/ Lough Currane, left a lot to be desired this day on the Waterville Fishery and why, well its simple because of their inability to catch a wild Atlantic Salmon or catch one of Lough Curran’s majestic specimen Sea Trout, need I say more. Wind West light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 12.1mm. Maximum air temperature 14.7c,

03/06/17: Now today’s action or I should say the lack of it  because this bank Holiday Saturday there were 8 boats out manipulating and I can say without any fear of contradiction they all failed in every department, as majority of anglers would say that’s fishing! Wind W fresh with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 4.4mm. Maximum air temperature 15.8c.

Martin, Dave, Bob.
Martin, Dave, Bob.

4/6/17 All headlines come from the Bungalow, the home of Lough Currane Salmon fishing and for good reason, there was some mighty Grilse fishing today, particularly one boat, but we leave the best to last. First in my striking zone was UK angler Peter Morris from Newcastle, while fishing with his gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of Peter caught a fine Salmon Grilse on the troll. Now to catch of the day, we start in the C&R department, Mr. Dave Holmes was King of the Grilse today, while fishing with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, Dave caught 4 fine Salmon Grilse on the troll and sportingly put 1 Grilse back to fight another day. Now staying with the Same boat and Gillie, but a different client, Mr. Martin Coveny, caught a fine Salmon Grilse on the troll and all in all you can say today was a cracker of a day for the clients and the Gillie’s and fair play to them all. Wind SW light to fresh with good cloud and heavy rain this evening. yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 1.8mm. Maximum air temperature 15.0c

5/6/17 Lough Currane was on the quiet side after yesterdays brilliant action, but to be honest that’s not surprising with a NE wind blowing and rain pouring down for the best part of the day and it was very cold with a maximum air temperature of 9c but felt like 6c. That ends the excuses for the Lough Currane anglers, so on that note we head upstream and to the Commeragh River and there was one angler manipulating his skill and needs no excuses because the angler in question, Mr Martin Coveny, caught and released a fine 6 lbs. Salmon and two Sea Trout for his efforts, so congratulations to Martin for keeping the Waterville Fishery flag flying high this June Bank holiday Monday. Yesterdays weather. Amount of rainfall 12 mm. Maximum air temperature 14.4c.

Hugh Brennan
Hugh Brennan

6/6/17 Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong and gusty wind from the NW added with heavy down pours, but this didn’t deter a few boats from going out, but all the Salmon headlines go to Dublin Angler Mr. Hugh Brennan, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught a 5 lbs. Grilse on the troll, where the other boats are concerned it was all quiet on the SW front. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 7.3mm

7/6/17 Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong SE wind blowing with heavy rain, so as you can imagine my Noble anglers were in a miserable mood in the communication department and one can only come to one conclusion they failed in all departments. Yesterdays Weather, amount of rainfall 1.4mm. Maximum air temperature 14.3c.

 Logan Ratzlaff
Logan Ratzlaff

8/6/17 Lough Currane on the wild side again with a strong wind from the West, wild West or not, all reels were firing as my noble anglers procured a couple of Salmon Grilse, so straight to the action, French angler Mr. Pierre Loyer while fishing with is Gillie, caught a fine 4 lbs. Grilse on the troll. Staying in the trolling department, US angler Mr. Logan Ratzlaff from Virginia, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught a fine 5 lbs. Salmon Grilse. All in all considering the rough conditions the Currane anglers did well. Wind West fresh to strong with heavy down pours and I mean heavy. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 9.3 mm. Maximum air temperature 14.5 c and just for the record the amount of rainfall so far this month is 49.2mm.  

That is your ration from the last week 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