LOUGH CURRANE

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Ireland -

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.

Salmon

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.

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.

Brown trout

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.

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