Vincent Appleby reports on fishing from Waterville over the past week:

12/9/18 Straight to the North Shore and Waterville Boats and at [email protected] and the Hampshire Hogs and their C&R Sea Trout fly department, Hampshire Hog, Mr. Nigel Henshaw and fishing out of  while Fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy and at  caught 3 Sea Trout ranging from  Junior class up to 3 lbs and considering the bright sunshine one would call it a class act, and staying with the Hampshire Hogs, Mr. Pete Ruffle fishing out of while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan and at [email protected] caught 1 Junior, and last but not least Hampshire Hog, Mr. Trevor Dewberry, fishing out of caught two Juniors with his Gillie and at  [email protected] just for the record the Hampshire Hogs caught 9 Salmon on their last trip in June and 3 Salmon this Trip and a good few  Sea Trout and all I can say thanks for your great support for the Waterville Fishery and that goes for all anglers. Now we head for the Bungalow along the North Shore, UK Angler, Mr. Adren Francis, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught two trout. Now we head up stream to the world famous Butler Pool and at  Belgium Anglers, Jacques and his good friend Max, while fly-fishing, caught a grilse each on the fly, weighing in at 4 lbs. Wind WNW fresh and bright sunshine. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 15.8 c.

13/9/18 The Currane anglers and Lough Currane wild Game Fish were keeping a low profile today after the Hampshire Hogs and their Gillie’s performance in the Fly and Lure departments in the past week. Wind SW fresh with reasonable cloud cover.Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 15.6 c.

14/9/18 The Currane anglers were drifting with their flies and Gillie’s were holding their clients boat so their flies were hitting the right spot but sadly Lough Currane’s Wild Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout ignored the temptations of being lured into an almighty battle and the same goes for My Noble Currane trollers. Wind West fresh with reasonable cloud cover with the odd shower, yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 15.9 c.

15/9/18 It was a wild day for the Currane anglers, with a strong SW wind blowing down the Lake, so as you can imagine just the odd boat ventured out from the North Shore, mind you there could have been a few boats that ventured from the South side and if they did, going by my phone it was all quiet on the SW front. Wind as already stated and overcast with rain this evening. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 16. 4 c.

16/9/18 There was some great action and a bit of history from the South side today. So we will begin in the hired out boat department of Killarney Angler Mr. DJ Riordan, While fly-fishing on the drift, caught 15 Sea Trout, ranging from Juniors up to 1 ¾ lbs. Staying with hired out boat department, anglers also reported nice catches of Juniors caught on the fly and were well satisfied with their days manipulations. Local Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of reported that one boat was out there all day, signalled on his way home that he also caught a few Sea trout. Now Catch of the day goes to 5 year old Conor who celebrated his 5th  Birthday today and got his first fishing rod and I can tell you it didn’t take Conor long to ask his Grandad Mr. Frank Donnelly of would he take him fishing so he could catch a fish with his brand new fishing rod, well Grandad obliged and by jove Conor christened his new rod in style by catching his first ever Junior and may it be the first of many and by the looks of it a Gillie in the making. On a personal note on bealf of all the Currane anglers well done Conor and a very Happy Birthday to you. Now we head for the North side and the Bungalow, Mr. John Smith of  Birr, Co. Offaly, caught  2 Sea Trout up 2 ½ lbs. While fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of and for the rest of the Currane anglers it was all quiet on the SW front. Wind SW calm to light with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 16.7 c.

17/9/18 Lough Currane was like the wild West as you can imagine Currane anglers were left stranded all day at their Salmon and Sea Trout stations as the waves pounded the North Shore and in the words of one local and I quote, you could see the white horses ¾ of a mile away or put it this way the distance from Mace Supermarket to the Butler Pool. Wind S and strong and overcast with rain in the afternoon and this evening. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 16.9 c.

18/9/18 We start today’s notes with  yesterdays notes and for good reason, I failed miserably in my duties again and yes I’m guilty as charged for failing to check my email and if I had I would have seen an email telling me that Dr. Tim Gleason caught a fine 4 lbs. Grilse on the fly on the World Famous Butler Pool and at again all I can say is my apologies to Tim and his Gillie. Now back to the present and today’s action or I should say lack of action, again today all Salmon Stations were at a standstill with a strong SW blowing across the lake and with Storm Ali to hit Kerry tomorrow you can forget it until late afternoon. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 17.9 c.


The Trust report

Rod Robinson reports on the recent activities of the Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust.

Last week we assisted Professor Ken Whelan with his survey of the prime spawning streams on Lough Currane, which proved to be a very interesting and productive week for the Trust!

Professor Whelan has worked on the Currane system on several previous occasions and he found this last week was a great opportunity to reacquaint himself with the streams and the topography of the Currane Catchment.

We had a chance to discuss in detail the objectives of the Trust’s programme, which is orientated towards selecting a number of key sea trout spawning tributaries to see what can be done to optimise the production from these pilot areas. As is now widely known, the runs of adult sea trout have dropped very significantly and it may well be that compaction issues with the gravels, as well as the need to supplement gravel in other areas, are a contributing factor.

Interestingly in many Irish lough systems the biology is such that sea trout  spawning takes place in what are in essence spawning channels. The fry leave for the lake from the early feeding fry stage right through the following summer. The recruitment largely takes place in the loughs and stream habitat for sea trout parr is generally not a major consideration.

A sea trout spawning channel
A sea trout spawning channel

What was clear on the survey was that virtually all the streams visited were devoid of fry, undoubtedly the result of the prolonged hot summer and the near drying out of these feeder streams. Some of the landowners commented to us that they had observed that there had been a period when the zone where the streams run into the lake had been ‘choked with fry in their millions’. The impact of this premature fry vacation of the streams has yet to be understood, but no doubt the brown trout in Currane had a feeding bonanza!

We selected some six streams to survey, based on the IFI stock survey of 2014 and our week was spent walking all of these streams and assessing their potential. We found that the selected streams on the south side of the Lough were in pristine order and apart from some issues relating to blockages etc. were considered to require no action. Those selected on the North side, however, were found to be largely silted and poaching by cattle and sheep was also an issue. The resultant compaction of gravels will need need some loosening of the gravel  before the onset of the spawning season and quite a few areas of replacement gravel, where this has been removed by a series of severe winter floods, will be needed.


Professor Whelan will be returning in early October to assist with this work.


Go fishing…

Vincent Appleby

Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel West, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 (0)66 9475248
E-mail: [email protected]

Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust

The Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust, formed by concerned volunteers in 2016, is one of the new Rivers Trusts to be set up in Ireland and is currently aspiring to Charitable Status. Its remit is to protect the fresh and coastal waters of the Iveragh Peninsula.

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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