CURRANE IS the main lough in the extensive Waterville system that includes the sister loughs Derriana, Namona and Cloonaghlin. A very high number of the specimen seatrout that are caught every year in Ireland will come from Currane, and that alone should put it high on the must-fish list of the visiting angler, which is to say nothing of the excellent salmon and brown trout fishing that is also available.
The salmon season on Currane begins early, on January 17, which is often when the first springer of the year is caught. It is advisable to seek the help of a local gillie as even experienced rods can benefit from assistance in holding the boat over the known lies, which allows the angler to cover the water with typical double-handed salmon tackle. Fresh rains will see fish run from the sea into the Upper Lakes quite early in the season. Trolling for salmon with Rapalas and Tobys is also a popular way to fish. The summer grilse, which start to run in June, are often caught while drifting the shore for sea-trout.
Currane is the most famous sea-trout fishery, but sport can be excellent on Derriana, Namona and Cloonaghlin, too. Hiring a gillie is a sensible move and will typically cost in the region of 150 euros for a full day. More experienced boat-fishers may hire boats for the day, which are available from the lake’s gillies or from the Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust on the Upper Lakes – these can be booked in advance through the Mace store in Waterville. Fishing is usually conducted in the traditional manner, from a drifting boat, using 9½ft-10ft rods. The Bibio is a firm favourite among local anglers but most traditional lough sea-trout patterns will work. Fish from 2lb to 5lb are fairly common, and there is always the possibility of something over 6lb taking your fly. Most of the bigger fish are caught early in the season, from late-april and early-may with mediumsized fish appearing thereafter and the smaller fish of around 1lb arriving in June and July.
It is the higher lakes of the system that provide the best brown trout fishing, although there are certainly some good fish in Currane. The duckfly hatch of late April is the starting point for many anglers’ seasons and sport continues through to the back-end with sedges and ant falls bringing better fish to the surface.
Lough Currane lies in beautiful County Kerry.