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Sunday, January 31, 2021



31/1/21 The Currane Brown tags and the Currane C&R are still waiting for that first Elusive first salmon in 2021 for the record, only one Brown tag boat out and only fished for about two hours? It is sad to see Currane so quiet on a mild day, we need to get those diehards out there with brown tags. Please Minister you may be the green Party but we diehard Pro Currane anglers are getting Browned off because between Brown Tags and Covid the spring Salmon fishing is a financial disaster for the local professional anglers, the bed and breakfasts, the Hotels and Bars of Waterville and South Kerry.

Saturday, January 30, 2021


               Mrs. Rose Fogarty RIP

30/1/21 I start with the sad news that Waterville’s great singing voice and entertainer Mrs. Rose Fogarty, RIP, passed away today and on behalf of all the Currane Anglers and the good people of Waterville and Kerry our Sincere Sympathies to her husband Paddy and all the family and friends. On a personal note, I can tell you Rose entertained with Paddy many anglers’ celebrating their catch of the day in the angling Bars, all I can say is Waterville’s loss is Heavens gain.    



Today’s manipulations there wasn’t any action for the first Salmon.  Just for the record there were two Brown Tags and one Catch and release Boat out. Wind NE light with reasonable cloud cover.  


Friday, January 29, 2021


29/1/21 There were five Brown tag boats out today and you could say it was the battle of the tags, but sadly I have to report the Currane Anglers were Browned off by the end of the day. Just for the record there were a few Kelts caught. Bright sunshine all morning, come late afternoon clouded up. wind light and variable in the morning veered ESE light to calm.          

Thursday, January 28, 2021



28/1/21 The Brown Tag Boats were not manipulating their prized lures and the same goes for the Barbless anglers. Just for the record, yesterday I failed miserably in my duties, I failed to report that there was one Brown tag boat out for an hour or two.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2021


27/1/21 No reports of any Boats out on the waters of Lough Currane this day, so you can say that I am barbless and tagless in today’s notes and rightly so.


               Barry O'Donovan RIP

Waterville and the Waterville Fishery has lost another great angler to the Heavenly Waters, sadly I have to report that Mr. Barry O’Donovan RIP of Cork and Waterville, passed away yesterday. On behalf of the Waterville Anglers and the good people of Waterville and Kerry our Sincere Sympathies to his wife Ann and to all the Family.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021



26/1/21 Only one Brown Tag Boat out today and all quiet on the SW front but contacted a Spent Salmon/ Kelt. Just for the record it made a flood last night.     

Monday, January 25, 2021



                            The Snow Mountains of Kerry!

25/1/21 Straight to today’s facts and I can say without any fear of contradiction that My Noble Salmon has not been Brown Tagged at this present time and the same goes for the Barbless manipulators, so I can say there was no stimulation on a very cold Lough Currane today. Just for the record there were 3 Brown Tag Boats and one Barbless boat out. Now we head for the email department and today’s topic and you have it, so take it away, JM here, Hi Vincent very disappointed reading your blog on Sunday, only 2 boats on the lake , very sad to hear no regular locals fishing for heavens sake their the back bone of Waterville lake and have been for years, I can’t understand why these anglers especially in the times were in, weren’t handed tags, I think it’s a disgrace, all locals inside 5km  with travel ban in place don’t have brown tag, to me it looks very badly organised by the fisheries also, no common sense here, for god sake fisheries board cop on and give the diehards tags and make amends for your mistakes.  Where the other 13 tags. Coming to Waterville many years love the lake and the locals, your friend, jM.    

Sunday, January 24, 2021



24/1/21 There was snow on the mountains of Kerry this cold day as two Brown tags headed out on to the Currane waters and I can say that both Brown tags were Salmonless at the end of their day’s fishing.        

Saturday, January 23, 2021



                                   All Quiet On the North Shore!

23/1/21 3 Brown tag boats out manipulating the Currane Waters this day, I can tell you it was very cold and wet. And followed by a fresh wind from the South, sadly the boats did not stay out long. Just for the record there was no barbless hook boats out. Now we head for the email department and a reply to yesterday’s comment. So take it away David, Well said Sean I agree 100pc with your idea of, if you didn’t want or weren’t able to use your tag put back in draw and all the locals might have got brown tags, sad to see very few boats out trying to catch Currane first salmon 2021, it’s sad to hear diehards are missing from lake, I hope for Currane’s sake they get tags in March, Waterville needs the locals out there. Thanks again Sean pity you weren’t organising the draw, and thanks Vincent for keeping the reports going in these strange times. Love Waterville, regular angler David.         

Friday, January 22, 2021



                   Brownless Tagless ?? 

22/1/21 On today’s Brown tags and tagless Anglers I can say without any fear of contradiction today was Salmonless, just for the record there were 3 boats out, 1 Barbless and two Brown tag boats out. Now to the email department and Currane Angler Sean wants to have his say on the Brown tags and that is ok with me, so take it away Sean and I quote, Hi Vincent, I have been following your Blog since the opening day, I cannot understand this brown tag system. If you get a brown tag how are you allowed to give it to another angler, surely if you cannot use tag the fair thing would be is to put it back in and draw again, it will give locals without a tag a fair chance to get a brown tag, I cannot believe what has happened, surely it is illegal to just hand tags around to one another, regular Currane angler, Sean.         

Thursday, January 21, 2021


                    Lough Currane today

21/1/21 In today’s action, there were 3 boats out, 2 brown tag boats, 1 barbless hood boat, few kelts to report. Again, it is sad to see the lake so quiet and I can tell you Appleby, there’s 1 barbless hook angler who is very upset he wasn’t given a brown tag, he’s says some of the brown tag recipients haven’t even launched their boats yet, fisheries have got this all wrong, due to Covid he feels all local and regular local anglers should have got tags, considering the 5 km travel is in place for a few more months.   


Wednesday, January 20, 2021


20/1/21 Today’s report come from a barbless Currane angler, 4 boats on the lake today, 1 barbless boat stayed out all day, 3 brown tag boats that were out, 2 of them just out for 2 hours, the other brown tag boat just out for the bare hour, few kelts to report, sad to see such little effort being put in and for a matter of interest where were the other 12 Brown Tag Anglers.   

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


 19/1/21 It is sad to see that again there were no traditional local Brown Tag anglers on this 3rd day of the Brown Tag Spring fishing. So, let us get the opinion of local angler Mr. Brod O’Sullivan, Its all yours Brod, well Vince I have been getting my Salmon Licence for 65 years and I didn’t get a Brown Tag and it will be the first time in my life that I won’t be able to reminisce going down the North Shore in January and February and yes I’m in my eighties but in fishing terms I still feel I’m in my twenty’s and in a way I feel Discriminated that I didn’t get a tag and I’m sure there are much younger local anglers than me that feel the same, all I can hope is I get a Brown Tag in March. Talking of Younger anglers, local angler Mike also makes his point, its all yours Mike, False data from a fish counter that has never worked properly has caused our lake to be empty today, I feel anglers are being treated like criminals, begging for brown tags to be able to fish a lake that we have been on since we were young boys, how can you have proper figures when the counter was off so many times, never cleaned properly and has a pass that has no counter, it’s a shame to see what’s going on based on lies             



Monday, January 18, 2021


                                                        Brown Tag Boat Yesterday?


 Please Rapala you must be Joking and I'm not                                                                               Hooked  

18/1/20 There were no boats out today to the best of my knowledge and I can’t check the Big Lake because I’m outside the 5 kilometres and I have no intention of being caught by the local Garda and being tagged, talking of tags, back to the fishing, on yesterdays report I had a comment made to me by Currane fly angler Mr. Gary Winston Humphrey and I quote, are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the Spring Fishing, sad times.    


Sunday, January 17, 2021



17/1/21 Well its great to be back on the No Spin No Fly’s just Facts zone. so, let us go to the new and heart breaking and reality of Brown tags spring fishing on the Currane system and as you can imagine this was the main talk on this opening day, some Gillies were smiling because their boat was Brown tagged as they trolled the Currane waters, for the unlucky Gillies who were not so lucky in the draw got their plier’s and files out and then headed out to the catch and release department. Well Brown tag or no Brown tags I can say both failed this opening day. Just for the record there were 9 boats out, six Brown Tags Boats and 3 C&R Boats and where the other 9 tags were, I could not tell you. Wind, well in my opinion it was coming from the Currane anglers and could you blame them, plus it was overcast this Grey day.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


 Happy New Year to Waterville and the Currane Anglers. 

In advance of the new season can I encourage all anglers to join our local fishing club Currane Fisheries more than ever we need to pull together to support the work of our club who among other things run the salmon hatchery, clean the spawning streams, and control the fishing on the upper lakes. With a lack of tourist anglers’ revenue has been severely impacted. Memberships are available from The Mace Store in Waterville at €100. 

Tight Lines 


Michael Roden