Fishing in Waterville

Fishing Season: 17th January – 30th September

Waterville's Lough Currane is renowned worldwide for the quality of its Salmon and Sea trout fishing. Lough Currane - a few feet away from sea level with a beautiful backdrop of mountains and spruce forests. Big spring salmon and vast numbers of seatrout have to run only 500 yard length of the river to reach the lough. Fly fishing is the norm and some trolling for early season sport are carried out on the lough. Ghillies will hold the boat close to underwater rocks, islands and headlands, while anglers fly fish.

The main Spring salmon run is from January to May. Average weight 10lbs. A 12ft to 15ft. double handed fly rod is recommended. Popular patterns are Hairy Mary, Thunder and lightening, Munro Killer, Black Doctor, Blue Charm, in sizes 6,8 and 10. The main grilse run from May to September. Average weight is 5lbs, and lighter tackle than that used for the Spring is recommended.

The sea trout fishing begins in Mid-May. Average weight 2-2 ½ lbs. From July onwards Finnock(known locally as 'juniors')can also be caught. Average weight 1-1 ½ lbs. A single handed 10ft-11ft 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 in the Waterville catchment area are generally spate ribers so fishing is best arranged during the holiday and according to conditions at the time. The catchment is a long narrow mountain valley of some 47 square miles, the fishing which can be excellent is usually confined to about 8 hours following a spate.
Deep-sea angling also available.

Boats are available for hire, as well as ghillies with their own boats. Ghillies may be hired on a daily basis, all are experienced and in addition to being able to create an interesting day's fishing, they provide boats and engines, as well as tackle if required. Guests of Butler Arms Hotel may book ghillies at hotel reception desk, but prior notice is advisable. Picnic baskets and drying room facilaties available