Lough Currane and River Inny updates from Vincent Appleby and the Waterville Lakes and Trust

The Appleby Reports

Storm Hector, Four!
Storm Hector, Four!

14/6/18 Storm Hector hits Waterville as a yacht brakes its moorings in Ballinskelligs Bay and as luck would have it, it landed along the 18th  fairway as golfers of www.watervillegolflinks.ie  looked down with amazement on the unmanned yacht and staying with storm Hector, we anglers got a small drop of rain  14.8mm to be precise but sadly the dry land took it but this didn’t  deter the Bungalow anglers from going out for a bit of action and action is exactly what they got. Mr. Hugh Brennan and Mr. Peter Morris, while fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught a fine 7lbs. Salmon and finished their day off with a fine 2lbs, Sea Trout  and all fish were caught on the troll and C&R. Staying at the Bungalow in Neil’s hired out boat department an angler fishing on his own caught a Sea Trout in the 2 ½ lbs. class. Wind North then veered West fresh with showers. Yesterdays weather, rainfall as already stated, maximum air temperature 15.9c.

15/6/18 We start with the flying visit of Prince Charles and Duchess  of Cornwall, flying by helicopter to and landing at Derrynane House, Caherdaniel, so on that note we will stay with the fly and we head for Lough Currane, where UK fly angler Mr. Peter Ruffle,  caught a fine 5 lbs. Salmon on the fly while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com and In the Sea Trout department, UK angler Mr. Nigel Henshaw while fishing with his Gillie and at      [email protected] caught a fine 2 ½ lbs. Sea Trout on the Troll. So you can say without any fear of contradiction it was an all UK performance today. Wind W with good cloud cover. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 0.3mm. Maximum air temperature 15.6c.

Nigel and Trevor
Nigel and Trevor

16/6/18 There was some great fly action today by the Currane anglers from the renowned Hampshire Hogs Fishing team, we start with catch of the day and that goes to Mr. Nigel Henshaw and for good reason, while fishing with his gillie Mr Dominic McGillicuddy and at www.fishingwithdom.com  caught two 6lbs Salmon / Grilse  on the fly and staying with the fly, fellow Hampshire Hog angler  Mr. Trevor Dewberry caught and released a fine Sea trout of 3 lbs. and finished is day off with a fine 4 ½ lbs. Salmon/Grilse all  while fishing with his Gillie and at [email protected]  and for the rest of the Currane Anglers all quite on the SW front . Wind NW fresh with good cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 6.4mm. Maximum air temperature 14.4c.

17/6/18 All the action comes from the North Shore at Mr. Michael O’Sullivan’s Salmon and Sea Trout Station and at [email protected] to be honest that’s not surprising because the Hampshire Hogs were in great form again today, and as we all know this weekend was a Royal one in South Kerry, well I have news for you, the Hampshire Hogs finished their week off with a Royal Flush or you could say a Royal Splash, UK Angler and renowned Hampshire Hog  Mr. Trevor Dewberry, while fly fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught a fine  4 ½ lbs. Salmon and finished his day off with a C&R Sea Trout of 1 ½ lbs. Staying with the fly and the Hampshire Hogs, Mr. Pete Ruffle, While fly fishing with his Gillie and at [email protected] caught a fine 4 ½ lbs Salmon / Grilse and for the rest of My Noble Currane Anglers it was all quiet on the SW front. Wind W fresh with good cloud cover and misty rain at times. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 3.3mm. Maximum air temperature 15.0c.

18/6/18 The UK Hampshire hogs were in magnificent form again this day in the Salmon fly department. First in the Hampshire hogs striking zone was Mr. Pete Ruffle, while fly fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of www.fishingwithdom.com caught a fine 5 lbs. Salmon / Grilse. Now for catch of day and that goes to fellow Hampshire hog Angler, Mr. Nigel Henshaw and his Gillie and at [email protected] and for good reason, Nigel caught a cracker of a 8 ½ lbs, Springer Salmon and finished his day off with a fine 5 lbs Grilse / Salmon. I was talking to the anglers this evening and I can tell you they were delighted with their fishing trip to the Waterville Fishery and I believe their going to have a few casts tomorrow morning on the world famous Butler Pool and at www.watervillegolflinks.ie   so tight lines. Just for the record the UK Hampshire hogs were fishing out of www.cliffordbandb.com Wind W fresh with good cloud cover. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 6.2mm. Maximum air temperature 15.5c.

19/6/18 The Currane anglers headed out on to a wild Lough Currane as the waves and the wind from the SW slammed into the North Shore and with all the elements against the Currane anglers come 3.30pm the majority of them called it a blank day but we will give them full marks for effort and audacity. Wind as already stated. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall,2.0mm. Maximum air temperature 15.5c

20/6/18 Lough Currane was on fire in the Grilse Trolling department but only one boat came up trumps and that was Luxemburg Angler Ernie and for good reason. While fishing with his Gillie and at www.lakelandshouse.com  he caught two fine Grilse on the Troll, ranging from 4lbs. up to 5lbs. Now I can hear you saying where’s the Fire, well it was reported to me at least 7 Salmon Grilse were lost, so you can say it was on fire with Salmon or fire with temper at the losses. Wind NE bright and sunny. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 1.0 mm. Maximum air temperature 19.1c.

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

The Trust report

We have finally managed to get some action!

This work will be in addition to that which the Trust  has already applied for grant aid.

Basically, both the Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust and Inland Fisheries Ireland will be applying for funding to the Salmon Conservation Fund for essential work to the Waterville Streams. Lets hope the Trust gets ‘prioritised’ as well!! The essential work falls into the prioritised categories below.

Eligible project types – 2018

For 2018, the scheme is limited to the following for both funding avenues:

  • Fish passage improvement (e.g. removal of barriers, modification of weirs, and construction of fish passes etc.)
  • Spawning enhancement (addition/raking of gravel or cleaning of existing substrates)
  • Instream structures (weirs, deflectors, rubble mats, random boulders etc.)
  • River Bank protection (soft engineering measures, log revetment etc.)
  • Fencing (protection of river banks including fences, stiles, cattle drinks etc.)
  • Riparian zone improvement (tree pruning and strategic tree planting)
  • Removal & control of exotic invasive species (e.g. Rhododendron, Japanese knotweed, Asian Clam, Chub etc.)
  • Feasibility studies/ development plans (which lead to future projects under the above headings to maximum of 80% funding or €2000 whichever is less). A maximum of five (5) studies only to be allowed.
  • Screening for Appropriate Assessment, to a maximum of €2000. If this leads to a requirement for an Appropriate Assessment, three written quotes shall be required and may be funded at the discretion of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

We should all be aware, if we are not already, that the cause of the Waterville problems are abundantly obvious to all and the work proposed should be seen as temporary insurance against a total extinction of Waterville’s famous sea trout.

Rod Robinson
Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust

Go fishing…

Vincent Appleby

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

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.

Find out more and how you can contribute at

Find out more about Lough Currane…

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