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’.
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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.
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.