Fishing in Waterville Kerry


Fishing Season: 17th January – 30th September

Waterville's Lough Currane is world renowned for the quality of its Salmon and Sea trout fishing. Lough Currane is a short distance from the sea and is separated from it by a small river. It has a beautiful backdrop of mountains and spruce forests. Big spring salmon and vast numbers of sea trout have to travel only 500 yards through the river to reach the lough. Fly fishing is the norm and some trolling for early season sport is carried out on the lough. Ghillies will hold the boat close to underwater rocks, islands and headlands, while anglers fly fish.

The main Spring salmon run is from January to May. Average weight 10lbs. A 12ft to 15ft. double handed fly rod is recommended. Popular patterns are Hairy Mary, Thunder and Lightening, Munro Killer, Black Doctor, Blue Charm, in sizes 6,8 and 10. The main gristle run is from May to September. Average weight is 5lbs, and lighter tackle than that used for the Spring is recommended.

SEA - TROUT FISHING The sea trout fishing begins in mid-May. Average weight 2-2 ½ lbs. From July onwards Finnock (known locally as 'juniors') can also be caught. Average weight 1-1 ½ lbs. A single handed 10ft-11ft rod is recommended and popular patterns are Bibio, Black Pennell, Claret Bumble, Connemara Black, Fiery Brown and Watson's Fancy in sizes 8,10,12, and 14.

THE INNY RIVER in the Waterville catchment area is generally spate rivers so fishing is best arranged during your holiday and would also depend on conditions at the time. The catchment is a long narrow mountain valley of some 47 square miles. The fishing which can be excellent is usually confined to about 8 hours following a spate. Deep-sea angling is also available.

Boats are available for hire, as well as Ghillies with their own boats. Ghillies may be hired on a daily basis. All are experienced and as well as being able to create an interesting day's fishing, they can also provide boats and engines and tackle if required. Guests of the Butler Arms Hotel may book Ghillies at the hotel reception desk, but prior notice is advisable. Picnic baskets and drying room facilities also available.

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