News and Events June 2014
The Lough Currane Championship 2014!
Our Annual Seatrout Catch and Release Fly Fishing
Competion will be held this year on Friday 8th and Saturday
All are invited to compete for lots of valuable prizes!
Print off your ENTRY FORM now and return to: The Secretary,
Waterville Fisheries Development Group, Waterville, Co. Kerry or email to email@example.com.
Entry is limited to 40 anglers with preference given to those
who have competed in previous competitions.
The hot dry weather continues into yet another week!
Fishing on Currane remains challenging, to say the least!
Fresh salmon are however being caught daily with occasional seatrout showing up.What we need now is rain and plenty
JoJo Daly of Tralee, out trolling with Ghille Frank Donnelly of Lakelands, landed the 22lb sea liced MSW fish in bright
sunshine,the largest off the Lough for a good few years!
The heavy rain which fell over the last week has certainly
perked up the fishing on Currane! A number of good salmon
have been caught over the last few days and several sea trout in the 2 to 4lb class. (see fishing reports)
Ghillie Neal O'Shea reported tonight that his guests had four
salmon and two seatrout today -all on the fly!
Tom O'Shea reports that the fry in the hatchery are doing
well with over 30,000 surviving the difficult transition from
egg sack to dry food!
We have had a major problem with the electronic feeders,
which failed at the the critical time, so Tom currently has to
feed the fish daily by hand until such time as the
manufacturers can forward a replacement part!
The new salmon fry are doing well!!
First MSW hatchery salmon caught on fly today!
Regular visitor from Germany, Michael Schulz, out with ghillie Neil O'Shea captured the fish, which weighed 91/2lbs, on a
small Hairy Mary fly off the Grassy Island. Another first for
Michael Schulz and Neil O'Shea with the fish
The Upper Lakes 'Duck Fly Deal' finished at the end of April
and proved to be more popular this year with over twenty
days booked! A good number of lovely conditioned brown
trout were caught, with the best about 31/2lbs! A number of
anglers commented on the quantity of salmon and sea trout
smolts they encountered on these lakes. A good sign for the
Easter came and went with just a few salmon to
report. Two specimen sea trout of 7 & 8lbs also caught
this last week. It will not be long before their smaller
cousins turn up now and the start of the fly fishing
As we move into May its good to take stock of the
spring salmon fishing so far. Fifty six salmon and one
grilse have been reported so far, an increase of about
10% on last year at this time. What is also significant is
that there have been far fewer boats on the lake, in the
early season, than last year, so if more effort had been
made I'm sure the catch would have been well up by now!!
For the first time for long enough the weather has felt
much warmer these last few days, with a much milder
wind. Lets hope the fish react!!
From the sublime to the ridiculous! From miserable cold
fronts to blazing sunshine and flat calms! A steady trickle
of salmon still coming to the trollers but with the lake now
very low fly fishing remains challenging. A good number of
visitors came into Waterville for the holiday weekend and
at least they had the best of the weather! I hate to say it
but we now need some rain to bring the lake up to a more
fishable level and hopefully bring in some more fish!
The duckflies are still hatching well on the Upper Lakes and
the trout are still mad for them! A good number of decent
brownies have been caught over the last month with fish up
to three pounds from Namona and Cloonaghlin. There are
still a few days left to avail of the 'Duck Fly Deal'!!
This correspondent spent a couple of hours on Derriana
for a total of 20+ brown trout! Several of them were around
the pound mark with many at 1/2lb+. The best was a lovely
conditioned fish of about 21/2lbs. All the fish were released! Why not try a day fishing for wild trout on Derriana, Namona
or Cloonaghlin and re-connect with fly fishing at its best!
A wild Derriana Brownie in top condition! Note the Duckfly
imitation in its mouth!
Very blustery conditions on Lough Currane this weekend with
torrential rain and gales overnight on Saturday. Martin
Coveney out with Tom O'Shea had a nice fresh salmon of
6lbs on the troll.
Frank Donnelly reports that on Saturday his guest had one
of the biggest brown trout off the lake for some time, a fine
cock fish of 4lbs!
Despite very little fishing effort on Currane this last
week, a number of salmon have been boated. Enrico
Fantasia, a regular visitor from Dublin, out with ghillie
Neil O'Shea caught and released a nice fresh fish of
There are now good hatches of duckfly taking place on
all the lakes, why not give our 'Duck Fly Deal' a try?!!
Enrico with his 91/2lb salmon
First Specimen sea trout of the year caught on Currane!
Regular English visitor, John Allen, fishing with boatman
Jim Sayers, caught the specimen off the Black Rocks on
a small rapala type lure. The fish weighed in the region
of 9lbs and was very fresh and in fantastic condition.
Lets hope we see more of these in the coming weeks!
These magnificent fish, whose genes date back to the last
Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, are the fish which have
made the Waterville Fishery famous throughout the world.
If we continue to treat these fish with the utmost respect,
let them spawn and pass on their valuable genes, our
children and grand children will be able to come to
Waterville to have a chance of catching the decendants of
these remarkable fish.
CPR = Catch, Photograph and Release!
Check into Vincent Appleby's fishing report for more
catches of the day!
The Upper Lakes - The 'Duck Fly Deal'!!
I can report that all the boats on the Upper Lakes are now
launched in readiness for anglers wishing to have a go at
the fine brown trout fishing, which these lakes offer at this
time of year when we have great hatches of duckfly.
Although the trout are not of the size of those in the great
Western Lakes, they average aound 3/4 lb with many up to
11/2lbs and higher caught at this time of year. Beautiful
wild fish straight from the last ice age!
Again this year we are offering a special 'Duck Fly Deal' to
paid up members of the WFDG. Members can book
a day's boat fishing on any of the three upper lakes, Derriana,
Namona and Cloonaghlin for just €25!!
This deal is for fly
fishing only - no trolling, spinning or bait fishing of any kind
Membership Tickets are available, on line, at loughcurrane.com
and at the Londis Store in Waterville Tel. 0669474253, where
advance bookings for the Upper Lakes may be made.
A typical Derriana Trout of about a pound
The boats are ready on lough Derriana!
More salmon are being caught on Currane as the lake drops
and the weather settles. Liam Ellis had a nice fish of around
ten pounds on the troll yesterday.
A grand fish for Andrew Wishart on the fly fishing with
Dominic McGillicuddy over the weekend!
More springers caught on Currane over the weekend despite
difficult weather and a high lake. local Ghillies Bob Priestley
and Dominic McGillicuddy both found fish with their guests.
Dominic's guest caught his fish on the fly!
Neil O'Shea reports that he caught and returned a well
conditioned grilse kelt, which was fin clipped and from our
own hatchery stocking in 2011!! Another first!
The salmon catch is mounting now that the weather has
settled a little! Neil and Tom O'Shea had a lovely fresh fish of
over 14lbs within minutes of setting out!!
Local ghillie Dominic McGillicuddy fishing with regular guest
Tom Duggan also had a fish of about 7lbs on the troll.
The first salmon of the season caught on fly by Noel Clancy!!
Second salmon of the season caught on Currane !!
First Salmon of the season!!
Well known local Ghillie, Bob Priestley, Caught the first
salmon of the season this morning whilst trolling in the
vicinity of Morgan's Rock. It was a fresh sea liced fish of
Hatchery Event January 2014
WFDG has initiated a schools program with the Colaiste na Sceilge in
Caherciveen in 2014 to try to integrate our conservation work on the
fishery into the school's environmental curriculum for the younger
age groups. This program is intended to promote a better awaremess
in the pupils of their immediate local environment and to introduce
them to our unique fishery. We have so far given presentations at the
Colaiste to the Principal and teachers and two age groups of pupils.
We were able to organise a visit to our hatchery for a group of 17 1st
year pupils to assist us in the release of our remaining salmon parr!
Much to delight of the children TG4 attended to film the event and you
will see from the following photos that they were delighted to see our
youngsalmon swim off on their journey!
2014 gets off to a good start on Lough Currane with fine
mild weather and little rain. Initial reports say that alot of
kelts are coming to the troll, but no sign yet of any fresh fish.
A boat heads out on opening day!
Back to a warm fire after a mornings trolling!
REPORT ON THE AGM
There was a good attendance at the Waterville Fisheries Development
Group AGM last evening. Our Secretary, Kevin O'Sullivan, gave a
presentation on the work carried out by the group during 2013.
Chairman Michael Roden gave an update on the Group's financial
affairs during 2013 and the current situation. He concluded by making
an appeal to all, to help with Membership Ticket sales in 2014 to
ensure the continued success of the WFDG.
We wish all our Members 'Tight Lines' in 2014!