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Sunday, May 16, 2021



16/5/21 Straight to the apologies department because I failed to report yesterday that Currane Angler Mr. Roger Dickeli caught a fine 7 lbs. Salmon on the troll. Now to today’s manipulations, there were a few boats out and there was one Salmon caught in the 7 lbs class on the troll by an angler fishing on his own. Wind North Light and just for the record it made a nice drop of rain last night but nothing big.       

Saturday, May 15, 2021



15/5/21 The Currane Anglers were all quiet on all fronts this day after yesterday’s fine bit of action, just for the record their were 5 boats out today, so on that note we head for the archives, you may ask why? Well I have seen a lot of the past on Facebook on Lough Currane on how good it was in the last twenty years, personally I would rather be debating the present and the future, but today I will be a hypocrite and reminisce on Lough Currane and its fishery of the past and in my opinion it puts the last twenty years in its proper perspective, the year 1970, starting on January 17th to March 9th there were 45 salmon caught, the biggest was 18.5 lbs. plus Mike Moriarty RIP caught a 12 lbs. Salmon on Derriana  all caught in 52 days.    

Friday, May 14, 2021


14/5/21 The Lough Currane Wild Atlantic Salmon make it quite clear that they prefer the blues to the Brown tags, I’m sure the rest of the Currane Anglers agree and for good reason there were two Salmon caught on the troll today and first in my striking zone is renowned Northern Ireland and Currane Angler Mr. Andy Wishart, who caught a fine 9 lbs. Salmon on the troll, also in good form was local angler Tam, while trolling caught a fine 10 lbs. Salmon. Wind SSE fresh, bright in the morning come afternoon it clouded up followed by the rain.

                                                                                      Tam's Salmon                                                      

                                                                                 Vincent, Tam and very proud Daughter and Granddaughter 


Thursday, May 13, 2021



                      Wild Atlantic Way  

13/5/21 The Battle is really on and it’s great to see a good few boats  out, seven to be precise, with all their efforts just one Sea Trout caught. Wind NNW and variable and sunny all day.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


             Eric Jouen  

12/5/21 The Battle of the real 2021 Salmon and Sea Trout Season got off to a cracking start today with a cracker of 10 lbs. Salmon caught on the troll by Local Gillie Mr. Eric Jouen and of so congratulations to Eric for converting to the blue tags in style as well as being a Brown Tag winner and converting his Brown tag into a Salmon. The rest of the Currane Anglers had the blues but no conversions. Wind SSW and Veered NW light to fresh with showers.


Now to the Comment department, Alan replies to last night’s notes, It’s all yours Alan.

Well very sad to read your blog last night Vincent, what is going on with IFI, why are they coming down on anglers so hard, we all know anglers are not the problem to the salmon and sea trout decline in Currane, fish farming has destroyed that wonderful fishery, drift netting at Dursley island, Ballinskelligs bay, dingle etc, IFI should concentrate on these illegal activities and leave anglers alone, and as far as fish farming what are salmon watch Ireland at, farms increasing in size and our wonderful sea trout almost wiped out, and no opposition to fish farming. Sad, Alan


Tuesday, May 11, 2021


 Hand Me Down Salmon

11/5/21 Just 3 boats out and all the headlines go to one angry angler and when I say angry that’s an understatement and that’s after catching the last spring hand me down Brown tag Salmon of 2021.  This is his say on the Lough Currane Brown Tag Season. 

Used my hand my down brown tag today,  Well today was the last day of the brown tags, and 14 tags fished Currane, 25 tags never wet a line, and  best of all some brown tag winners tried to hand down their tags with 3 and 4 days left and locals begging for tags all year, what an insult to the real fishermen on Currane , people in office really making decisions like this should be ashamed of themselves and should look at the bigger picture before introducing something as farcical as the brown tags on Currane , today I ask IfI where are the other 25 tags and why didn’t they make an effort to give tags to people that wanted to fish. And to the person who came up with brown tags idea, how or what do you think of yourself and your idea now, from a very very disappointed local angler.  

Wind WSW light and variable.

Monday, May 10, 2021



10/5/21 Just 3 boats out this day and nothing for their good efforts, on that note all I can say is one more day to go and one more day of sorrow and then it is the end of the Brown Tag Spring season and the 2021 Salmon and Sea Trout Season can get into full swing on the 12th Wind WNW then veered WSW fresh with reasonable cloud cover followed by the odd shower. Now we head for your point of view Department and Currane fly Angler Mr. Bill Bullock makes his point, It’s All yours Bill.

Yes Vincent, of course you can.  I do hope you're well.  If the fate of Lough Currane saddens me, I can only imagine how you and all the other ghillies around the lake must feel.  It's an absolute disgrace.  In my lifetime and indeed not that long ago, it was the finest seatrout fishery in the British Isles.  The dogs in the street know what the problem is, and the political prevarication is blindingly obvious.  It's farcical to have anglers putting fish back and running around with brown tags when the fish farms are murdering the trout in the manner that they have been proven to do since the late 1980's.  I hold John in high regard. He tells the truth.  If only the fishing recovered, we'd be back in Waterville tomorrow.  With very best wishes – Bill.

2006 was the first year I returned to Waterville after a long sabbatical. We were there at the end of May and caught some lovely trout with Frank Donnelly. Then the sun came out and spoiled it.  However, we were in no doubt about the quality of fish in the lake. On the day we arrived, we saw a 6lb+ trout in the Lobster and the gannets were working the estuary.  We were privileged to be in Waterville. It makes me sad to see today’s results. Brown tags and C&R will not solve the problem. Get rid of the fish farms, otherwise we will never see Currane restored to its former glory- Bill

Sunday, May 9, 2021



9/5/21 Just one Lonesome hand me down Brown Tag angler manipulating his lures on the good waves on Lough Currane this day, by all counts the floorboards showed no evidence of a Wild Atlantic Salmon. Wind SSW fresh and overcast with rain at times.  

Saturday, May 8, 2021


                                               The Ledge 

8/5/21 The Brown tag and Barbless Currane anglers were left stranded on the Currane shoreline as a strong SSW took control of today’s manipulations. So, on that note we will go the photographic department, as you can see by this photo taken yesterday by  of the Ledge, it tells you how low the lake is.

Friday, May 7, 2021



7/5/21 Just two or three boats out and nothing to report this day except for the weather, Wind ESE Fresh to strong with gusts, bright and sunny in the morning, come afternoon it clouded over as we pray for a good flood. Just for the record their forecasting for Waterville, 14.6 mm of rainfall from late tonight and tomorrow?

Thursday, May 6, 2021



6/5/2 Just 3 boats out on the Big lake and with all their efforts to no avail. Wind NNE then veered NNW light and bright and sunny all day. Looking into the future in the rain department you can look into the future just click.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Andy and Tam. photo on right Andy! 

5/5/21 All the Salmon headlines goes to Mr. Andy Flaherty and for good reason while fishing with his good friend and local angler Tam, caught a cracker of a 10 lbs. Salmon on the troll and for the rest of the  Currane Anglers it was all quiet. Wind NNW light with reasonable cloud cover at times. Just for the record there was snow on the Kerry Mountains this morning as you can see by the photo, on the outskirts of Killorglin.

                 Snow on the Kerry Mountains today! 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

                                   No Spin No Fly's just Posts

4/5/21 Today was all quiet on all fronts this day, just for the record there were 3 hand me down boats out manipulating their skills. Wind NW fresh to strong with reasonable cloud cover.

Monday, May 3, 2021



3/5/21 All the Brown Tag and Barbless Salmon stations were closed as a strong SW wind took control and veered WNW strong with violent gusts.

Sunday, May 2, 2021


                              the Calm before the storm 

2/5/21 Only three boats out on this Bank Holiday weekend, sadly nothing to report this day and on the eve of a yellow wind and rain warning for Kerry and it will be interesting to see if we get the big flood we need, so click here you might be disappointed because the rain fall isn’t that great, they are forecasting 12.6 mm?  just for the record there were 3 Brown Hand me down Tag boats manipulation. Wind NNW and veered SSW light and sunny all day as you can see by the calm before the storm picture.


Now to the email department, the first comes from Alan an the second from Mark, so the stage is yours Lads.

Are you serious David how is that possible, 4 people were drawn out twice , and the 8 tags were passed on to other anglers, why was this allowed, it’s a an absolute  disgrace, who allowed this to happen , in that case Erick should have got a second tag, and I feel for the local anglers that weren’t drawn out it’s a real kick in the teeth, to only receive a passed on tag, where has respect and common sense gone. Alan.

I would love to know where the other 25 tags Vincent are, how can IfI introduce brown tags to Waterville and give them to people that haven’t or weren’t able to travel to fish Waterville lake, it’s brainless and badly organised and it’s a total insult to locals. Are they trying to close the lake and destroy tourism in Waterville, has anyone stopped to think about this?  Mark



Saturday, May 1, 2021



1/5/21 Four Boats out, their order of merit is as follows, one Brown outright winner and 3 hand me down Brown tag anglers and all I can say is their Brown tags weren’t used this day. Wind SSW light with reasonable cloud cover followed by the odd shower. On that note we will go to a reply to last night’s email. So, it’s over to you David.

Well said Martin, I think it’s an absolute disgrace to hear that out of the 39 brown tags only 14 have fished Currane, IfI  I think ye will have to go back to the drawing board and rethink the brown tag situation, ye have let the Currane anglers and the business people down, what a farce of a system, I remember reading Erick’s comments a few weeks back ,would It not be a good idea to give him another tag  rather than giving a tag to someone that hasn’t fished Currane, also sad to hear so many locals didn’t come out in the brown tag draw and 4 people were given 2 tags each to pass on, what a joke,  Martin you were right shame on you IfI, David


                 Vincent, Tam and a very proud Granddaughter 

30/4/21 Lough Currane may be low, but the good news is that Local Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and his Son in law Tam were on a high and for good reason, while trolling caught a cracker of a Salmon in the 10 lbs class and I can say Tam and Vincent were the talk of the Salmon community, so congratulations Vincent and Tam and fair play to you Vincent you haven’t lost the art in catching my Noble Salmon in virtually hopeless conditions. Now to the email department that was sent to me this evening and I quote so take it away Martin.

Hi Vincent great to see another Currane salmon caught today, well done tam and Vincent, but the reason for my email to you Vincent is iv been informed by my friend from Waterville  that out of the 39 brown tags that were raffled only 14 of them have been on Currane fishing, where are the other 25 tags, it’s a disgrace , who came up with the idea of the brown tags, he can hang his or hers head in shame, 11 days to go and 25 tags not seen or used on Currane, shameful and a total lack of respect to the local anglers that never got tags, plus I believe 5 local anglers only got hand me down tags, a total insult to those fishermen ,out there all their lives , shame on you IfI ,shame on you, Martin