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Monday, March 31, 2014

31/3/14 Update/ Duck Fly reports that there are now good hatches of Duckfly taking place on all the Lakes, why not give our 'Duckfly Deal' a try?!!

31/3/14 Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong SE blowing down the lake, for that reason very few anglers ventured out, but one boat did fight against the elements, but alas with all their manipulating failed to produce the Wild Atlantic Salmon.          

30/3/14 Update C&R photos

Its cold in North Kerry?
Mr. Enrico Fantasia of Italy
As promised here are the photos of yesterday's C&R

30/3/14 Sorry for the delay I was in north Kerry, yes I agree, but that’s life. Now today’s facts, well there isn't any and for good reason my Noble Anglers failed in all departments and if they did procure they failed to register their catches.        

And he's off

Saturday, March 29, 2014


29/3/14 Straight to the C&R trolling department, Mr. Enrico Fantasia of Italy, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught and released a fine Salmon in the 9 to 10 lbs class, will have photos later, sorry for the delay but beyond my control and as Max Boyce wouldn’t say, I wasn’t there to snap. Now to the fishmongers’ department, Mr. Dan Sugrue of Waterville and Tralee, caught a fine Salmon in the 10 lbs class, on the troll, while fishing with his good friend Mr. John O’Sullivan of Waterville. Wind SE light and overcast.      

Friday, March 28, 2014


28/3/14 All quiet on the SW front in all departments, or you could say the paparazzi were redundant on the Salmon and Sea Trout trail, like my Noble anglers. On the weather front, wind NE light with reasonable cloud cover at times.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Mr. Nick Park RIP
27/3/14 I start on the sad news that a renowned fly Angler Mr. Nick Park of the UK and Tullig, Cahersiveen, has sadly passed away, I would like on behalf of all we anglers and the good people of Kerry send our sincere condolences to all his Family and friends on this sad occasion. Well Nick you have left this fishery for a much better one and I can assure you and your family, you will never be forgotten. I am sure Nick wont mind if I give all today’s news in the Salmon and Sea Trout department, first congratulations to Mr. John Allen of East Dean Village, Eastbourne, East Sussex UK, for getting catch of the week, click and admire now today’s catches, Mr. David Mehigan of Kildare caught a fine Salmon on the troll while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of also in good form was Mr. Tommy Duggan of Kilkenny, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, caught a fine Salmon on the Troll. Wind E light

Tommy Duggan and David Mehigan

 Mike Nets Tommy's Salmon

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


26/3/14 Lough Currane was on the quiet side today, but having said that, I did see one local Gillie fishing as if he was into my Noble gentlemen or was he? You could say a Toby or not Toby is the question, and as he came closer, I shouted, you have the right to remain silent, and he did, so here endeth today’s notes, with gone with the Wind NNE light with bright sunshine all day.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


25/3/14 We will let the professionals do the talking in the Salmon department, Mr. Sion Brain of caught a lightening 7 ½ lbs Salmon on the troll and for the rest of my Noble anglers they failed miserably in their duties, be it fly or troll. Wind N fresh with reasonable cloud cover.

Monday, March 24, 2014


24/3/14 Lough Currane was at a stand still with all fishing stations closed for a good reason, there was a strong SW wind blowing down the Lake. Staying with the weather, there was a good flood early this morning.

News from

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
and at the Londis Store in Waterville Tel. 0669474253, where
advance bookings for the Upper Lakes may be made.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


9 lbs Sea Trout caught by Mr. John Allen
14 1/2 lbs Salmon caught by Tam
23/3/14 There was some great action on Lough Currane in all departments, first to the Salmon department, Mr. Liam Ellis of Waterville logged his second Salmon caught on the troll, weighing in at 8 lbs, staying with the south side, Local Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of also caught a 8 lbs Salmon on the troll late this afternoon and considering Frank, only went out after 4 pm and he was home just before 6 pm. Not bad what. Now we head for the north side and Salmon of the day and that goes to  Mr. Anulal Hitmiang  or as we call him Tam, of Waterville, who caught a cracker of a Salmon on the troll weighing in at 14 ½ lbs. Now we head back across the Lake to Coffee’s Bay and Game Fish of the day and that goes to Mr. John Allen of the UK, who caught the first specimen Sea Trout of 2014 weighing in at 9 lbs, caught on the troll. On the weather front there was bright sunshine all day with very little wind.      

Liam Ellis with his 8 lbs Salmon and John Allen again with his 9 lbs Sea Trout

Mr. Frank Donnelly with his 8 lbs Salmon

Saturday, March 22, 2014


22/3/14 No boats ventured out this morning because of a strong NW wind storming across the lake, followed by long spells of hale showers, come afternoon 2 boats did venture out, and failed in their pursuit to produce my Noble Salmon.

Friday, March 21, 2014


21/3/14 Again Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong westerly blowing down the lake and my Noble Anglers were left standing looking at the view, and talking of views, I Received two cracking emails giving their view, I would like to thank firstly, Phil Donoghue, (Cregmore/Athenry anglers) and last but not least, Tony Grehan of Rathfarnham Dublin for their great support.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


20/3/14 One boat did venture out in the wild conditions, and I can say without any fear of contradiction he failed miserably in his duties. Wind wilder than yesterday with a strong WSW wind blowing down the lake. Now to the fundraising department and no its not for the angling association it’s a much better cause, Mike O’Dwyer’s wife, Mrs. Sara O' Dwyer is running in the 2014 Virgin Money London marathon, you can donate on her web site at and just for the record, Sara is running for Children with cancer UK. That reminds me, I said I would donate, will you please, it’s a great cause. Talking of causes Sara is fundraising this Sunday in a 5k run, starting at the Waterville community centre, at 11.30am          

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


19/3/14 Lough Currane was on the wild side and there were no boats fishing the north side, so we cut across to the south via the Bull, and leave the last word to a renowned gillie who will remain nameless and I quote, s*** wind man, squalls in every direction and useless. Thanks for the report Man, oh sorry Terence Jnr.    

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Mr. J Connelly enjoying a small dram on St Patricks Day in Waterville  
Waterville's first responders on St. Patricks day
18/3/14 Lough Currane was on the quiet side today, after 8 year old Alana’s   first Salmon yesterday. Wind W fresh to strong with good cloud cover.

Monday, March 17, 2014


8 year old Miss Alana Kelly  
17/3/14 St Patrick came up trumps for 8 year old Alana Kelly fishing with her Dad, who caught her first Salmon weighing in at 8 lbs and as you can see by her picture it tells the story and may it be the first of many. Wind W light with the odd shower.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Don't disturb me I am resting on my laurels 
16/3/14 On the Eve of St. Patrick’s day. My Noble Salmon weren't in a taking mood, you could say they were like the sheep they were resting on their laurels, so we head for the Kelt department, one angler reported that he caught 3 Kelts all on the troll. Wind Light NW and overcast with light misty rain at times.
Now for comment of the day from the Fishing Guides in Alaska,
Salmon fishing is one of the most preferred fishing sports around the world. Salmon fish is one of the most popular fishes, as far as human consumption goes.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Mr. Liam Ellis
15/3/14 Straight to the action, Mr. Liam Ellis of Waterville caught a fine 10 lbs Salmon this morning on the troll, then headed straight to the Bar for a good celebration on his capture of his Noble Salmon with the lads and watched the rugby, which led to a double celebration, and a good party was had by all. Wind NW light and overcast. I would like to finish today’s report on reflections of the past few days. I would to thank all the readers of the Blog for their kind words. I would like to put all of your comments on the Blog, but sadly it would take weeks of reading, so I have chosen one because it reflects the last 50 years, so I will let Murray have the last word on the past week. 

As a former resident of the area and someone who learned, as you did, fishing in Waterville from the Sullivan family, and Jack Sullivan in particular, I disagree with much of the criticism levelled at your Blog.  Although old Jack would maybe have thought the internet was a very peculiar thing, and some of his generation no doubt thought it the work of the devil, I greatly enjoy your picturesque descriptions of the events of the day in Waterville Lake and its surrounds.  After all, Ireland is the land of poetry and picturesque language, and the Irish language is very much that way if translated literally to English, although I add, I am no Irish language scholar.
If you choose to add a section on wind direction, speed, temperature, water level, etc., to please the technocrats, that is fine.  However, I think your Blog succeeds in conveying the sense of fun and character which has always pervaded fishing in Waterville, and was so beloved by the ghillies of old.  The first man I ever fished with on the lake, when I was only 15 years old, Mike Moriarty, was a character and a half, and the lake has been emptier without his sense of humour and turn of phrase, ever since he was called to fish on a higher plane.
However, I wax poetic myself.  Keep up the good work, so those of us who are fishing in distant lands can capture a sense of the good old days on Waterville Lake, and enjoy a taste of home.
Tight lines,
Murray T. Beatts



Friday, March 14, 2014


Mr. Michael O'Sullivan
 Well we're back to reality and my Noble Salmon takes the fishing headlines, or I should say, the one and only Mr. Michael O’Sullivan Esq. of Waterville Boats and at takes the headlines with a lightening fresh 9 lbs Salmon, caught on the troll. Now to the Kelt department Mr. Jim Sayers was telling me that he caught Kelt on the troll and five in total for the season. Wind NW light and overcast all day.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Swing high Swing Low
13/3/14 All quiet on the SW front in all departments, be it fly or troll and the same goes for the weather, talking of weather, plenty of cloud and fog with very little to no wind. So I will let the photos tell the story.
All Fired up

no fish caught, go to Joey's and get your Fish and chips

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

12/3/14 Breaking News Vincent Appleby Fails in all departments, notes at the bottom

Vincent Appleby Fails miserably in his duties? You decide??

Hi Vincent,
I am finally taking time to contact you.
Appreciate reading your reports over the years.
Can I politely say that it is torture reading about "my noble salmon" and recently "manipulating"
My opinion is that people would really appreciate a concise account of salmon and sea trout angling, the weather accounts, and the sea fishing, but it is just frustrating to go through the report, I hardly know what happened during the week at the end, and I just gave up a few times.
You could really improve on people deciding to go down if it was readable, but it takes away from the credibility of the account.
Kind Regards,
Mike O'Donoghue.
Hi Mike, thanks for your honest opinion, and would you mind if I put your opinion on the Blog because it would make good reading?
Vincent Appleby
Mike, gave his answer
Hi Vincent,
Constructive criticism for your review.
Not into blogs. Concise reports it would increase your business significantly. Many people do not have the time to sift through to make a decision to come down.
Of course I accept some people would enjoy 17th century courtroom etiquette, but many others would find it more informative if water/air temperature wind direction, high tides, salmon/trout throwing in front, were reported. I just cannot see this style of report in Salmon & Trout.
However I cannot spend more time on it if you do not feel reviewing the style critically is worthwhile.

All quiet on the SW front in all departments, be it fishing or weather so we will head to the criticism department, so let battle commence? I will finish today’s fishing notes on a poetic note, and I quote.
O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
(O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.)
Robert Burns, Poem "To a Louse" - verse 8
As the grieving Roman Emperor Nero would say, pass me my weeping vase

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Mr. Danagh McCarthy of the USA and Waterville
I caught it
They say that you have no chance of catching my Noble gentlemen when its blazing saddles and flat calm, well my Noble Anglers you can put that one to rest, because Mr. Donagh McCarthy of the USA and Waterville, caught a fine 11 lbs Salmon on the troll, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of  and as you can see by the pictures, Donagh’s Dog was claiming his stake in Procuring the old gentlemen and that takes us to comment of the day, which goes to Mr. Tony Conlon of Waterville, when Tony was having his pint he saw the photo on the Lobster back bar board, he said “now dogs can catch Salmon on Waterville Lake“. weather as already stated.  

It's mine

Monday, March 10, 2014


Some fine weather at last, with blazing sunshine and calm all day, and yes you have it my noble anglers failed miserably in their duties in all departments.        

Sunday, March 9, 2014


It was a calm day in all departments, but the same couldn't be said for Vegas Circus, where the paparazzi caught a cracker with the King.           

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Ballinskelligs Bay
Lough Currane was at a standstill and not surprising with a strong SW wind blowing down the lake, as you can see by the Bay view of Ballinskelligs Bay. At least my Noble Anglers had an excuse to head for the local watering hole to watch Ireland in the Rugby on the big Screen and see the end of a career? of a great player i.e. Brian O’Driscoll with a world record 140 caps, it will be interesting to see if any body can cap that.        

Friday, March 7, 2014


Straight to the action and the trolling department, first in the striking zone was local gillie Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville Boats and of who caught a fine 10 lbs Salmon, next in the striking zone was local Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, who caught a fine 11.½  lbs Salmon on the troll. Now for today’s weather chart, wind NNW light with bright sunshine and you can say without any fear of contradiction there weren’t any wet arse’s just red faces for those who didn’t catch my Noble Salmon. On an updating point of view there is a lot to be said for Wi-Fi Just for the record there was 21.7 mm of rainfall yesterday.


Thursday, March 6, 2014


All quiet on all fronts, be it fly or troll, so we will go straight to the weather, it has been raining all day and has made another reasonable flood and the amount of rainfall yesterday was 14.3 mm. Now quote of the day, I text renowned Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of I text ‘any good?’ he replied, just a wet arse, I asked him is that a quote? ya!! He replied. That puts today’s manipulations in its proper prospectus. Now we head out to the Atlantic Shoreline, to all you Bass enthusiasts’ click this it will be of great interest              

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


All quiet on the SW front in all departments and that includes texts that are sent out and not received back, remember its not what you can do for Salmon and Sea Trout Blog, its what you can do for the Waterville Fishery and the good people of Waterville and the surrounding towns and villages of this great community.     

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


There were a few boats manipulating and all failed miserably in their duties in all departments. Wind NW light with reasonable cloud cover.

Monday, March 3, 2014


no stopping
Is There an end
Roll on
All quiet today after the weekends excitement. Wind NW fresh with reasonable cloud cover. So we will head out to the North Atlantic, Waterville saw big spring tide this morning so here are some pictures of the Wild Atlantic.        

Ice Cool
On a crest of a Wave

Right on

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Andy Wishart
Lough Currane was on the wild side this morning with a strong SW blowing down the lake, but this didn’t deter Angers from manipulating, so lets get down the action. First in the striking zone was Mr. Andrew Wishart of Co Down, who caught a fine 10 lbs Salmon on the fly, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of Now to the trolling department, Mr. Peter Keenan was in good form again with a 11 lbs Salmon caught on the troll while fishing with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestley. Back to the weather, wind in the morning as already stated, but come afternoon it slackened.         

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Peter Keenan
Legless after a pint in the Lobster
March got off to a good Start for Mr. Peter Keenan and for good reason, he caught a lightening fresh 9 lbs Salmon on the troll while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, and just for the record there were a few Kelts caught on the troll, 4 were reported. Now for comment of the day which comes from a renowned local Butcher from Caherciveen, any thing caught today Vince? Yes I replied, Bob caught a fine 9 lbs Salmon on the troll, that’s good but could you please tell me when a Local Gillie will catch one, well my Noble Butcher, being a blow in myself I can’t comment, mind if you read this first class Blog it would beg to differ, all I can say is your comments are medium rear to well-done. Wind SW Moderate and overcast with misty rain and heavier at times. Amount of rainfall for February, 292.4 mm. last year there was 77.7mm