Salmon Fishing : The main Spring salmon run is from January to May.Average weight is 10lbs. A 12ft. to 15ft. double-handed fly rod is recommended, with a floating or sink-tip line. Popular patterns are Hairy Mary, Thunder and Lightening, Munro Killer, Black Doctor, Cascade Shrimp, and Blue Charm, in sizes 6,8 and 10.
The main Grisle run is from May to September. Average weight is 5lbs. and lighter tackle than that used for the Spring run is recommended, eg a 10 or 11 ft single handed rod with a floating or intermediate line.
Sea-Trout Fishing : The Sea-Trout fishing begins in mid-May. Average weight 2-2 1/2 lbs. From July onwards Finnock (known locally as ‘juniors’) can also be caught. Average weight 1-1 1/2 lbs. A single handed 10ft-11ft. fly 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.
River Fishing : Rivers in the Waterville catchment area are generally spate rivers so fishing is best arranged during the holiday and according to conditions at the time.
All equipment/tackle is supplied but your own is more than welcome.
Fishing on the upper lakes, Lough Derriana, Lough Namona, and Lough Cloonaghlin can be booked through the tackle shop in Waterville.
- €140 per day for a boat with a ghille with one or two people.
- €55 per day for boat & engine hire.
Lough Derriana : Lough Derriana is the top lake in the system, and has good salmon and sea-trout fishing from May onwards. It also has good sized brown-trout!
Lough Namona : Lough Namona is the nearest lake to Lough Currane and again fishes well from May on – with Salmon, Sea-trout and Brown Trout.
Lough Cloonaghlin : Lough Cloonaghlin is joined to Lough Namona with a 500-metre river and is best known for it’s sea-trout.
Located at Lough Currane, Waterville – Switch to satellite map below to see the lake and surroundings