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Thursday, April 30, 2020


Please Sir.

30/4/20 All quiet on the SW front. Wind NW light with showers. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 20.5 mm. Maximum air temperature 12.0 centigrade. Keep those past memories coming in at

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


29/4/20 No reports of any boats out. Wind West and then went flat calm, followed by light to heavy rain this afternoon and this evening believe it or not the temperature fell dramatically as snow fell on the high ground just outside Waterville. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 12.4 centigrade.  Now we head for memories past on Waterville Lake. By UK Currane Angler Ian Scofield.
Hello Vincent, I see the Yorkshire judge had a second memory so I thought this Devon judge might have a go! This is about an old ghillie Mick Donnelly Here goes. I first visited Currane in 1967 and have been staying at Raheen every year since. I was privileged to get to know Mick and Bridie Donnelly who used to live at Raheen and brought up their family there. Mick was one of the old ghillies from pre-war and he would talk of the days before engines were allowed. The boats were wooden, very heavy with heavy wooden oars. In a big NW blowing, there were two ghillie's on the oars with a privileged angler in the stern. Bridie told me she would watch the lake and fear for Mick's health and safety. I once asked Mick if he could swim, and he said "yes, to the bottom" No life jackets of course I was lucky to spend a few days with him on the lake in his mid-80's after he retired. His knowledge of the lake was legendary. He retained his interest in rowing and I can see him now, Guinness in hand watching the rowers at the Valentia regatta. Mick and Bridie are long gone but they are fondly remembered.
Best wishes Vincent

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Memories on
Lough Currane

28/4/20 All quiet on all fronts. Wind NW light with reasonable cloud cover at times. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 13.2 centigrade. On that note we head for memories past on Waterville Lake. Today’s story is by Currane and French angler, Michel Allonsius. Hello Vincent. During the month of May 2018, I was fishing on a boat accompanied by Dominic my ghillie. In the afternoon Dominic showed me the manifestation of salmon. Immediately I launched my fly and after a few moments I took a salmon that was hanging. A few minutes later another salmon caught the fly and the battle could begin. The sequence was filmed because I had started the shooting which I attach. I see this sequence of France again because I was deprived of a trip in 2020 which allows me to get back into the atmosphere of the lake which left me with exceptionally good memories. Kinds regard. Michel Allonsius France.  so keep those memories and photos coming in all you Currane Anglers and at

Monday, April 27, 2020


27/4/20 All quiet on all fronts this day. Wind North and variable with good cloud cover. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 15.0 centigrade.  On that note we head for memories past on Waterville Lake, today’s story is by UK and Currane angler, Judge David Burton.  Part (2) 
Tom and the Judges C&R Salmon
hope that all is well with you and all our friends in Waterville in these troubled times. Your subscribers seem to be reluctant to write to you about their experiences and so, if you do not mind, I thought I would share another with you. For years Tom O'Shea had been trying to persuade me to come to Currane in the spring to have a go at trying to catch a springer. Whilst telling me how much I would enjoy it he would always emphasise how difficult they were to catch, particularly as I refuse to troll. Finally, last year I decided to have a go. On the first day I travelled down from Adare and arrived at Waterville mid-morning. My fly rod was set up and out on the Lough we went. Tom took me to the first drift alongside the Derby. As I settled down with my double handed rod I jokingly said, "I'd best make sure that I don't peak too early". No sooner were the words out of my mouth then a salmon took my fly. Having landed and released the fish I could not help but say to Tom "I thought you said this should be difficult" Needless to say that was the last fish we saw for the rest of the week! Kind regards and hoping to see you in September, David
Judge clicks as Tom releases!

Sunday, April 26, 2020


26/4/20 The wind was in the North but sadly the Currane anglers did not journey forth, so as you can see I haven’t anything to report. Wind as already stated and overcast. Just for the record to all you Currane anglers’ home and abroad keep sending your memory’s past on Lough Currane. Send to  Yesterdays weather, maximum 15.8 centigrade.   

Saturday, April 25, 2020


25/4/20 No reports of any boats out. Wind North light.Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 15.4 centigrade. So, on that note we head for Memories past on Lough Currane.

Richard. Ian, Sylvester! 
Today’s story of Memories past on Lough Currane, is by UK Angler Mr. Ian Scofield
On the April 2nd, 2011 I was with my friend Richard Haigh and fishing out of Raheen Cottage, our Ghillie was Sylvester Donnelly. We Caught a 10 lb Salmon on the troll, but the big story of our trip however was the big salmon, which was returned because of this, it could not be officially recorded. The anglers concerned were sensible honest people and I am sure their story was truthful. The expert who assessed the weight from measurements was Chris Mills who was qualified in Marine Biology, used to manage the Burrishoole fishery in Newport Co Mayo. He thought the fish would have been in excess of 35 pounds and made our Salmon sound small. Really enjoy your Blog. Best Wishes Ian Scofield.  

Friday, April 24, 2020


24/4/20 All quiet on all fronts with light variable wind and very bright and sunny with cloud cover at times. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 16.4 centigrade.  

Thursday, April 23, 2020


23/4/20 Same story, same place and same weather as Lough Currane gets lower and the Currane anglers blood pressure rises. Wind light to calm West with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 18.7 centigrade. On that note we will head for Lough Currane memories of years gone past.
Today’s story 0f the past on Lough Currane, by Mr. Murray Beatts of the U.S.A.
Murray Beatts and Sean Bric, on my 24th Birthday, May 6th, 1978, I and Sean caught a 10 lb Salmon with my Gillie Paddy Sullivan. Strangely enough, the last time I fished Waterville lake prior to that, was my 18th, 1972, with Bric and Tom Sullivan! On that date, I also caught a 10 lb Salmon. So, this was in the nature of a hat trick! Now my last trip last year staying in the Butler Arms and I caught two Grilse one the troll and a 6 lb grilse on the fly. I hoped to return this year but we all know the story in that. Will be back next year if the world survives! Tight lines, Murray.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Your not getting my f ing feathers for flies!

22/4/20 All quiet on all fronts which is not surprising with all this dry weather we have been having and followed by winds from the East. Sadly, there is no stories of past experiences on Lough Currane today, I must say to you Currane Anglers from all over the World, you have failed miserably in your duties this day! Wind West, light with reasonable cloud cover.  Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 14.1 centigrade.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020


21/4/20 Have no reports of any boats out. Wind S light and variable with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 17.8 centigrade  
Today’s story of the past on Lough Currane, by David Burton of the UK
Hi Vincent,
As a long time, visitor to Currane fishing with Tom O'Shea (you always describe me as a retired Yorkshire Judge) I have many happy memories and hope to be able to gather more if I’m able to come this autumn. One of the most remarkable memory that sticks in my mind was a number years ago when we were out on a very stormy day with a strong wind blowing down the Lough. We were drifting towards the rocky bay past the Derby I was sat at the stern and Tom was trying to control the boat on the oars. We had just about reached the point when I should reel in and Tom swap seats with me so that he could start the outboard before we were driven onto the rocks when a large fish took my tail fly. Tom was then hard put to keep the boat away from the rocks whilst I tried to land the fish when a good size junior grabbed hold of the dropper. Chaos descended. I was desperately trying to get the junior up to the surface so that Tom could get it unhooked so that I could then concentrate on the bigger fish, Tom was trying to help whilst still keeping the boat safe. Needless to say, by the time we unhooked the junior the big fish, which I had not seen at all, was gone. What a great day. Many thanks for doing the blog, it keeps the memories alive in between visits.

Monday, April 20, 2020


20/4/20 All quiet on Lough Currane, wind East light with bright sunshine all day. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 15.1 centigrade. On that note we will head for Lough Currane memories of years gone past.
Today’s story of the past is by Mr. Michel Allonsius of France

1- picture 110314: my grandson Maxime takes first brown-trout with spoon. A salmon jumps on a spoon near boat. Boat rent at Michael O’Sullivan and at 23 May 2017
2- picture 142443: Maxime and six other brown-trout with me. On the 23 May 2017
3- 155315: rainbow in the distance as we headed out on 8 sept 2017
4- 162653: 25 pay 2017 On Grassy island during breakfast.
5- 10900485: mouth of the river Cummeragh in Michael’s boat
6- with Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy of   salmon fly fishing 9 pounds on mouth of river on 21 May of 2018. You have picture with salmon at Lobster bar. Boat of Dominic.
7- On 2019 boat for Kerry Brittany ferries was out of order: NO FISHING on Currane.
8- Covid 19: NO FISHING on May. May be on September with boat of Michael or Dominic.
9- On 1976 my ghillie was Vincent Appleby of
10- New picture of Maxime on 23 May 2017
Kind regards

Sunday, April 19, 2020


19/4/20 All quiet on the SW front. Wind E light and variable and overcast with light misty rain at times. Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 16.5 centigrade. My apologies to Michel Allonsius, of France, for not putting your story of past trips to the Waterville Fishery, but have no fear it will be up in tomorrow’s notes.     

Saturday, April 18, 2020



18/4/20 Lough Currane was all quiet on all fronts. Wind East light with reasonably good cloud cover at times.  Now to all you Currane anglers North, South, East, West and over the waters, as we all know the Corona Virus has the majority of anglers in lockdown, how about sharing your stories and photos of your fishing trips to Lough Currane of the past, especially of the one that got away. Talking of being in lockdown, I’m like your good selves because of this I went looking for Booze and low and behold I found a 38 year old half pint bottle of Guinness, Cheers. Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 14.2 mm. Maximum air temperature 16.9 centigrade.                

Friday, April 17, 2020


17/4/20 All quiet on all fronts. Wind light South East and variable, so on that note we head for Vincent Donnelly’s Video Part 3. Yesterdays Weather, maximum air temperature 19.5 centigrade.         


All because of Lock down I found It!

16/4/20 My mobile was all quiet on all fronts. Wind Northeast light, bright and sunny for most of the day. So on that note, I can hear you saying why a picture of a can of Guinness because it’s a bit of history and in the words of a friend, Vincent I see you have reached the end of the booze cabinet, well there is no argument to that, Cheers! Yesterdays weather, maximum air temperature 15.9 c.           

Wednesday, April 15, 2020


Copal Lake in the Distance today!
15/4/20 The Currane Anglers are at a loss, with bright and sunny days, day in and day out plus the Currane Water levels dropping fast which doesn’t make it any easier. On that note we will head for Vincent Donnelly’s video part two. Wind Southeast light to fresh, bright sunshine all day. Yesterday’s weather maximum air temperature 12.9 centigrade.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


 14/4/20 We start today’s notes on a reality and a humble point of view on the Corona Virus and for a good reason, Waterville and London based, Currane Angler Vincent O’Sullivan, Son of Renowned Waterville Gillie Vincent O’Sullivan Snr. has caught the Virus and as you can see in his video it brings all us complaining anglers down to earth and there is nothing like a reality wake up call, take itaway Vince and tell your video story of a fact of life and on behalf of the Currane Anglers and all your good friends and neighbours of Waterville and Kerry, get well soon. Now today’s Lough Currane check in, No comment on this bright and sunny day, with a light wind from the North West. Yesterday’s weather, yesterday’s weather maximum air temperature 16.1 Centigrade.  

Monday, April 13, 2020


Camera with a view!
13/4/20 It was all action in the suntan lotion department this day for the Currane anglers as the sun scorches the Currane anglers, so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know today was a day of lack of action. So, we head for a day out with Vincent Donnelly, it’s all yours Vincent, take it away. Wind NE light to calm with bright sunshine all day, yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall 9.9 mm. Maximum air temperature 10.9 centigrade.      

Sunday, April 12, 2020


12/4/20 The Currane Anglers were all quiet this Easter Sunday in all departments. Wind NE light to fresh with strong gusts in the afternoon and overcast with the odd shower. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 12.5 centigrade.   

Saturday, April 11, 2020


Lough Currane

11/4/20 They Say a picture tells a story and today was a perfect example and yes it was all quiet on all fronts. As you can see by today’s photos including the weather facts. Wind West light to calm and variable. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 16.1 centigrade.  Happy Easter to all and stay Safe.

Friday, April 10, 2020


10/4/20 All quiet on all fronts, wind light and overcast with light rain this afternoon and humid. As I’m sure you all know the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has added another 3 weeks of lockdown, well one angler wasn’t amused while watching the Taoiseach on TV this afternoon as you can see when you click of the day? Lough Currane was on the calm side all day. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 17.3 centigrade.          

Thursday, April 9, 2020


9/4/20 All quiet on the SW front as the walls close in over the World lock down and drive anglers up the walls, so click and see if you can be caught this day. Wind SSE fresh with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 13.5 centigrade.       

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


8/4/20 Yes you have it again, it’s all quiet on all fronts this day. Now for quote of the day, goes to a frustrated angler, who sent an email, Hi Vincent, just to let you know that your reports are getting as boring as my four walls, I know where you are coming from, so just click this it might cheer us all up bad reporting or not?  Wind light WNW. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 12.9 centigrade.    

Tuesday, April 7, 2020


7/4/20 My Noble Currane anglers were all quiet on the SW front in all departments. Wind SSE fresh with reasonable cloud cover, just for the record the amount of rainfall we had two days ago had little effect on the Currane water levels. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 12.4 centigrade.       

Monday, April 6, 2020


6/4/20 All quiet on all fronts. Wind West fresh with bright sunshine. Yesterday’s weather amount of rainfall 12.2 mm. Maximum air temperature 14.1 centigrade.       

Sunday, April 5, 2020


5/4/20 The Currane anglers were in lock-down as a strong Southeast wind took control on today’s fishing procedures. Wind as already stated and overcast with heavy rain at times and it will be interesting to see how much rain fell in tomorrow’s weather report. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 12.7 centigrade.     

Saturday, April 4, 2020


4/4/20 The Currane anglers had an off day today and that’s not surprising as there was a strong ESE wind blowing with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 11.2 centigrade.  

Friday, April 3, 2020

3/4/20 Update

 3/4/20 All quiet on the Currane waters today. Light wind from the NW then veered SW and veered back West light with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 11.6 centigrade.     

Thursday, April 2, 2020


2/4/20 All quiet on the SW Front in all departments. Wind North with good cloud cover.Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 10.2 centigrade.    

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


1/4/20 There were a few boats out on the big Lake and going by the good vibrations at least one angler fishing out on the Waters of Currane caught a fine Salmon on the troll and for the rest of my Noble Currane Anglers it was all quiet on all fronts. Wind light East with reasonable cloud cover. It's with great sadness that I have to report that chef Michael Lucey R I P of the Cable station, Waterville, sadly passed away yesterday. On behalf of all the Currane Anglers and the good people of Waterville and Kerry, our Sincere Sympathies to his Mother Eileen and all his Family and friends. May He Rest in Peace.    

Michael RIP