Vincent Appleby is back for 2019 reporting on all the comings and going at Lough Currane…
17 January: Happy New Year to you all and Tight Lines on this opening day of the 2019 Season. So straight to the facts, there were 12 Boats manipulating and sadly there were no Spring Salmon caught this opening day but it was great to hear, Cahersiveen and Currane Angler Mr. Steven Donnelly, while trolling with his good friend Mike, caught 3 Kelts and 3 Trout and were safely returned and staying in the Kelt department, local Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea of www.flyfishingatloughcurrane.com caught 1 Kelt and again safely returned. Wind calm this morning and light SE in the afternoon and overcast and very cold. Pictures courtesy of Ladies World Champion fly fisher Glenda Powell!
18 January: A few boats were out manipulating their lures and flies and with a nice SW wind blowing then veered NW later in the afternoon. It’s not surprising that one boat was casting their flies into renowned Currane Salmon lies, but sadly there was no response from the Currane Wild Atlantic Salmon, be it on flies or lures. Wind as already stated with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, Valentia recorded 14.6 mm of rainfall.
19 January: The Currane anglers rods and reels were all quiet on the SW front in all departments. Wind calm first thing this morning and eventually came from the NW light with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 9.1 mm Maximum air temperature 9.7 C.
20 January: Just a few boats out and no reports of any wild action except on the wild mountains of Kerry of the odd shot being fired at the wing. Wind light NW with showers and very cold. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 7.3 mm. Maximum air temperature 9.9C.
21 January: Lough Currane anglers were left redundant today as a strong SW blew across Lough Currane and hammered into the North Shore and followed by heavy rain at times. Just for the record the Irish Meteorological Service has put Ireland on a Yellow alert as you can see clicking this link https://www.met.ie/warnings and that sums up today’s facts. Wind as already stated, yesterdays weather amount of rainfall, 1.9 mm. Maximum air temperature 9.1 c.
22 January: I’m starting today’s notes on a personal note because its six long years since my father passed away this day and I can still see him now getting his toothbrush into fishing especially on those beautiful Heavenly Lakes, Dad R.I.P. Now today’s no Spin No Fly’s just Facts Zone and I can say without any fear of contradiction it was all quiet on the SW Front in all departments. Wind NW fresh and overcast with showers and very cold, felt like 4 c. Today’s weather as already stated, yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 7.9 mm. Maximum air temperature 8.8 c.
That is your ration from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery, no spin no fly’s just facts.
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