Ireland Fishing: The Kerry Angling Experience

Currane is world famous for its highly prized seatrout



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County Kerry in Irelands south west is a beautiful and rugged area and at its heart is the town of Waterville, a flyfishermans dream location where you can catch some truly wild fish on the fly. Lough Currane is world famous for its highly prized sea trout with many large fish being caught every season. Infact 90% of all specimen sea trout caught in Ireland are taken from this Lough.Only a few feet above sea level the Lough covers an area of about 2,500 acres and is set with a fantastic back drop of mountains and forests. Large numbers of Atlantic salmon also run the system and fishing starts in Janurary for the sought after spring fish, and continues through to the end of September.

The Area

Waterville (An Coire-An) ‘The Little Whirlpool’ , is the premier tourist centre in the Ring of Kerry renowned for its fishing and golf. The unique climate aided by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream enables the area to be enjoyed all year round. It is also a paradise for the hill walker, cyclist, pony trekker, ornithologist, archaeologist, sea/shore angler, water sport enthusiast, and indeed the general holiday maker.

Waterville nestles between Lough Currane and Balinskellings Bay where you find mountains, loughs, and the added bonus of the Atlantic ocean on the doorstep. It is an uncommercialised tourist area managed by friendly people with a wealth of experience catering for tourists, and anglers. At the end of the day you can relax in one of the many pubs or excellent restaurants and simply enjoy the ‘craic’.

Fly Fishing - Lough Corrib and Lough Mask <<< Click here to find out where Lough Currane is.    

The Fishing

In early season salmon are usually taken trolling but Lough style fishing from a drifting boat takes over later in the season as the preferred method. Large sea trout also run into the lake early with the smaller shoal fish arriving with the grilse from June onwards. Fishing for sea trout and salmon especially in the summer months is an early morning and late evening affair and our guides are prepared to start you as early as 5am, finish at 10am and take you back out from 7pm to dusk giving you the chance to see the sights during the day.

Salmon and seatrout fishing can also be arranged on the famous Butlers Pool on the Cunneragh river which flows out of Currane for 500m before meeting the sea. Fishing can also be arranged on the rest of the system which includes the upper part of the Cunneragh river; Derriana Lough at 1000acres where there can be good salmon and seatrout fishing from as early as April; Cloonlaghin Lough at about 700acres is best known for its seatrout and brown trout; and Lough Namona at only 200acres holds large seatrout and free rising brown trout. Fishing on the river Inny near by can also be arranged for salmon. Fishing in these rivers is usually dependent on water conditions but can often be excellent.

Not so well known is the superb fly fishing that is to be had in the sea for a number of truly wild fish namely Pollock, hard fighting Mullet and the elusive Bass. This is a new facet of fly fishing and is not for the faint hearted. The Kerry coastline is beautiful but also rugged and dangerous and not the place to venture without knowing the area, weather, tides or currents. This is where our experienced guide Kevin Brain comes into his own. He has fished all along this coast line for the last 24 years, firstly as a visitor from Wales and now as a Waterville resident for the past 8 years. Kevin has gained a wealth of knowledge through hard work by walking every inch of the local coast line in all conditions and tides , throughout the year. He has fished all methods and now can put you on some of his many secret marks to give you the best chance you will ever get to catch these fish. Kevin and his clients have caught numerous bass and mullet on the fly but be assured this type of fishing requires sturdy gear and a fit body to get the most out of it.

The Lodge

Kevin and his wife Christine run a newly built B&B designed with anglers in mind. He can accommodate four anglers in two comfortable twin rooms and guests also have their own private lounge and dining area.

Wherewisemenfish have also organised accommodation with the four star Butler Arms Hotel in the center of the village. This is a family run hotel and is tresured for its luxury combined with a homely intimate atmosphere.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean the hotel is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland and provides excellent rooms as well as a superb restaurant and bar. The hotel is angler friendly with rod racks and drying room facilities available.

Ireland Fishing. The shores of Lough Currane


Wise Men Fishing Tips

Your guide, Kevin Brain points out that:

Tip 1:  "Salmon and sestrout fishing on Lough Currane is best early morning and late evening right through from June to September."

Tip 2:  "Sturdy rods and reels are required when fly fishing for Bass and Mullet in the sea and always remember to wash your tackle in fresh water at the end of each session."

Tip 3:  "A hire car is a must in this area so you can enjoy the spectacular and breath taking scenery."

Tip 4:  "The weather in this part of Ireland can be very changeable so a layered approach to clothing is advisable along with a good set of waterproofs. They say in Ireland if its raining don’t worry its just liquid sunshine."

Ireland Fishing. Mullet fishing in County Kerry


Ireland Fishing: Butler Arms Hotel


The area and hotel was patronised by Charlie Chaplin and his family and he is fondly remembered in the 'Charlie Chaplin Lounge'.

Best Times to Go

Fishing is excellent throughout the season.  However, the best spring salmon fishing is from March to the end of May and for Grilse from June to the end of September. Seatrout fishing is usually best from the start of May until the end of September and the Bass and Mullet fishing can be excellent all year round.

Availability and Pricing for the 2007 Season

Season:  17th Janurary to 30th September.
Rate:  Guiding rates vairy between 150 and 200 Euros per day for two anglers depending on the type of fishing . B&B is 40 Euros per person per night. Hotel prices vairy depending on the time of year but we will ensure you get the best rate possible.

Typical Package Includes:
All packages are taylored to the clients requirements but a typical three day package as follows costs 800 Euros for two anglers:
  • One split days guided fishing on Lough Currane fishing 5am to 10am and again from 7pm to 10pm for salmon and seatrout.
  • One days guided fishing on rivers for salmon and trout.
  • One days guided fishing on the shore for Bass and Mullet.
  • Three nights B&B staying with Kevin.    
If you would like to know more about the fishing in the western loughs, please contact us and we will provide you with more details.  For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:

Ireland Fishing. Mark Patterson with a Brown Trout from Lough Corrib Mark Patterson

Mobile: +44 (0)7771 892 506
Office: +44 (0)845 603 1552


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 Background reading for your trip:

"Flyfishing in Ireland" by Peter O'Reilly


Fly fishermen have been catching trout and salmon from Ireland's abundant rivers and loughs for centuries. This practical fishing book, written by Ireland's top fly-fishing instructor, Peter O'Reilly, looks at the rich tradition of game angling in the Emerald Isle. This is your perfect companion guide to fishing Ireland's loughs and rivers. Includes details for tying 41 patterns for salmon and trout on loughs, rivers, and estuaries with hints on choosing the right fly.

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If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to Ireland, please contact us at the following: 

United Kingdom Office:
Mark Patterson
UK Country Code: +44
Mobile: (0)7771 892 506
Telephone: (0)845 603 1552

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US Country Code: +1
Telephone: 347 284 6333

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