Vincent Appleby reports from Lough Curran.

20/2/19 Big Flood or no flood the Currane anglers headed out in good anticipation of catching a Currane Wild Atlantic Salmon, be it on the troll or the almighty fly and I will put it as a quote from renowned local Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy, out all day, no good, but there is an old saying everything comes to those who wait! Now we head for the Salmon and Sea Trout Licence and for good reason, I hear anglers complaining of the price, well today I came across my Fathers 1966 All districts Salmon and Sea Trout Licence which cost £4 and if you relate this to today’s prices you would be surprised and hear are the calculations, £4 in 1966 at today’s value is  £73.90  and just for the record in 1966 the Irish pound was equal to the English pound!! Wind SW Fresh and overcast and wet in the afternoon. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 26. 3. Maximum air temperature 11.3c.

21/2/19 Lough Currane again was on the wild side with a strong SSE wind blowing across Lough Currane and in the words of Local Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of it was very rough out there and no good, that sums up the Currane anglers manipulations this day or you could call it all wind. Today’s weather. Wind as all ready stated and overcast and raining at times. Yesterday weather, amount of rainfall 5.2 mm. Maximum air temperature 12.7.

22/2/19 Lough Currane was at a standstill again and for good reason, there was a strong SE wind blowing and as you can imagine that put a halt to today’s proceedings. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 1.3  mm. Maximum air temperature 13.2 c.

23/2/19 Just the odd boat out today and all quiet on the SW front after yesterday’s storm. Yesterday’s  weather, amount of rainfall  3.8mm. Maximum air temperature 14.2 c.

24/2/19 Lough Currane was wild again with a strong SE wind cutting across the lake, wind or no wind it didn’t deter Local Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of  and his cleint heading out and on that note I will let Dominic tell his side of the story on today’s facts.  Out all day fly fishing but we had the wrong flies on all day, very rough southeast. Wind as already stated. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall,5.5mm. Maximum air temperature 14.0 c.

25/2/19 The Currane Anglers made their Frustrations quite clear this morning as the weather was their topic of conversation and not flies and lures as it should be and for good reason, there was a strong SE wind blowing across Lough Currane so strong in fact they called it a day within minutes of getting out of their vehicles, even though the sun was shining. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall  0.2 mm. Maximum air temperature 13. 2 c.

26/2/19 The wind may have been SE but sadly the Currane anglers didn’t have a feast as the wild Atlantic Salmon looked up at we the anglers, as if to say not today you dirty beast! Wind SE fresh and bright and sunny. Yesterdays weather, amount of rainfall 0.0 Maximum air temperature 15.9 c

27/2/19 There was some great action for the Currane anglers today so straight to the action. In the trolling department, first to hit the Salmon headlines as we all know was Local Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy and at caught a fine 10 lbs. Salmon on the troll and my fish of the day goes to Cahersiveen angler Mr. Steven Donnelly and for good reason, while trolling with his good friend Mike. Steven caught his first ever Spring Salmon weighing in at 10 ½ lbs and may it be the first of many Springer’s. Wind SE  and bright and sunny. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 17.2 c

That is your ration  from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery, no spin no fly’s just facts.

Vincent Appleby

Go fishing…

Vincent Appleby

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