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News and Events April 2014

The duckflies are now hatching well on the Upper Lakes and
the trout are mad for them! This correspondent spent a
couple of hours on Derriana today 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
about 91/2lbs.
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

and released!!

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
around 9lbs.

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!

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!


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