Rod Robinson from the  the Waterville Lakes and Trus reports on the trout fishing in the Upper lakes…
10 April: The duckfly hatch this year continues on Currane and is now considered to be the heaviest for some years. Innumerable trout,  fry and parr have been seen on the surface taking advantage of the bonanza!

A lough Namona trout from yesterday

The Upper Lakes, understandably given the near arctic conditions up there, have not attracted much angling effort over the last few weeks. Despite very cold conditions yesterday, one of the visiting Erasmus students decided he needed to do some ‘fishing research’! On Lough Namona the ‘research’ produced some fine Brown Trout and it indicated yet again the ability of these high level lakes to produce high quality wild trout fishing even in difficult conditions. He also had the pleasure of sharing the Lough with one of the Sea Eagles, a very rare sight for him!
Lough Namona
Lough Namona on a brighter day

It’s worth noting again that the Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust manages the angling access, on behalf of the owners, to the Upper Lakes, Loughs Derriana, Cloonaghlin and Namona, together with several river beats on the Cummeragh and Inny. Tickets for these fisheries are readily available from the Mace Store in Waterville and can be booked in advance on 066 947 5243.
Every Euro collected from this Ticketing goes into the Trust’s Conservation Fund.
Rod Robinson
Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust

Go fishing…

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