Lough Derriana with its spectacular scenery and pristine water is rightly regarded as the most important brown trout lake in County Kerry. This is the highest lake on the Waterville system accessible to Atlantic salmon and seatrout but it is better known for its spectacular brown trout fishing. The lake is managed by the Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust and two boats are available on this lake which is almost 1000 acres in size.
Fishing normally starts in April with duck fly and some olives. The fishing improves throughout the summer with the chance of a salmon or large seatrout improving with the advancing summer.
Evening fishing through the summer can be spectacular with large sedges a feature of evening rises. The autumn fishing is excellent and fishing remains good until the closing date on 12th October.
The brown trout can be taken on a myriad of fly patterns with the Bibio, Claret Bumble, Dunkeld and Green Peter the most popular. Pattern size is normally between 10-14 dependent on conditions.
The lake fishes well on all shores but the two bays with the inflowing rivers give good sport while the bay at the outflow can be very exciting, especially in high water, with the chance of a fresh run salmon or sea trout.
The southern shore can be fished in its entirely dependent on wind and expect to be busy with free rising wild brown trout.
Cloonaglin Lake is probably one of the most interesting lakes in the Waterville catchment with its myriad of secret bays and indeed secret lakes. This system is practically unspoilt with post ice age vegetation visible on its islands while the remnants of history are a feature of its southern shoreline with potato plots and dwelling houses from a bygone era visible.
The scenery lends itself to a spectacular experience and the fishing can be exceptional with a large numbers of free rising wild brown trout. In high water it is essential that the adjoining lake is fished by rowing through the narrow channel at the inflowing river where large sea trout especially later in the year congregate.
The bay at the outflowing river gives excellent results but area of the pump house provides some of the lakes best fishing. The area around the islands can be quite good and as with all the lakes the shorelines and headlands produce the best of the fishing.There is one boat on the lake so you again have solitude and above all exclusivity. The patterns of fly are again similar to Derriana with the Green Peter a good fly for all seasons.
Lies just above Cloonaghlin and can be reached after a walk of 10 mins from the inflowing river in Cloonaghlin. The lake is crystal clear and is seldom fished. A well presented dry fly might do the trick here but the lake also holds sea trout late season and patterns used in Derriana will also prove successful .
Above Lough Derriana lies three loughs with Doolough the largest. These lakes are inaccessible to sea trout and salmon. The wild brown trout are small but are in great numbers in all these upper lakes. A smaller sized fly suits with size 14-16 proving successful on most occasions.
There are no boats on these lakes and bank fishing is relatively easy but as always life jackets must be worn at all times. Jackets are available at Derriana Lodge to guests staying at the lodge.
Lough Currane is the most famous of the lakes in the region and is home to the largest sea trout in Ireland. Atlantic salmon also feature with many of these fish caught in the spring months. The Brown trout are also abundant with the spring period particularly good. Fly patterns, size 8-14 are similar to the upper lakes but the Green Peter and Bibio are dominant on this lake. Bumble patterns are well represented in the catches and Brown and Sea Trout can be taken on similar patterns. A team of three flies on a floating, intermediate or sink tip is the choice for anglers on Currane. Salmon are taken on the fly from March to September with slim bodied hairwing flies preferred. Black Pennel, Hairy Mary, Silver Doctor , Silver Stoat and various patterns of Shrimp Flies are preferred with sizes from 8-14 on a floating line or slow sink tip.
The lake is large compared to the other lakes in the system. It is just above sea level and fish can enter from the Atlantic even in very low water. The famous Butler Pool drains Currane and this fishery holds large numbers of salmon from late June to the end of the season.
The main drifts on the lake are extensive and Sea Trout and Brown Trout are available over the large shallows off Church Island. The eastern side of the lake is strewn with reefs, rocks and small islands and these areas are preferred by sea trout. The areas where the Capall and Cummeragh rivers discharge into Currane are considered a must visit during times of spate.
Salmon are mostly taken on fly near headlands with many famous areas like Capal Bay, Cummeragh Bay, Majors Point, Fur Island, Morgans Rock and Edere Bay producing spring salmon and grilse throughout the season. The best of the salmon fishing is in the spring with April to mid June regarded as the most productive period.
Sea Trout arrive in the system during April and gradually build up throughout the season with the largest run usually occurring during July. Dependant of weather Currane provides exciting fly fishing with anglers not knowing if the next trout to show interest in their flies will be a fish of a life-time. Sea Trout of over 10 pounds are taken each year and the vast majority of anglers practise C&R on these fish.
The Brown Trout are usually taken with the same tactics as Sea Trout but certain areas of the lake appear to hold large Brown Trout stocks notably the western end of the lake with the Castle, Oven Rabbit and Donnellys Bay areas providing excellent sport. Large Duckfly hatches occur at the end of March into April and at this time some large Brown Trout are taken with some up to 3 lbs.
Lough Na Mona
Lough Na Mona is a small shallow lake set in a moorland and forested area with a larger lake Cloonaughlin draining into it. Na Mona has a large stock of free rising brown trout and can be fished all over. The best areas are under the forestry and where the inflowing river joins the lake.
The best patterns for the brown trout are broadly similar to Derriana but a particular favourite is the Bog Fly which seems to attract the larger browns. Sea trout and salmon are in the lake from April and can be taken along the shorelines and headlands.
The lake can be rough at times and a steady wind from the West is best. Some of the largest sea trout in the Waterville system are taken in the lake with many specimen fish recorded over the years. The lake has one boat again managed by the Waterville Lakes and River Trust and exclusivity is guaranteed. Lunch by the outflowing river is a must for anglers where a white tailed eagle may be spotted in the adjoining forest.
Vibrant and healthy streams produce wild juvenile trout to keep our lakes truly wild.
Killarney and Glencar
The Killarney Lakes are famous throughout the world for their beauty but it is as a wild brown trout fishery that it is known to fly fishing enthusiasts with excellent opportunities to catch wild fish from April right through to Oct 12th. Lough Leane is the largest lake with a mix of sandstone and limestone bedrock giving it a unique profile among wild fisheries in the area. Muckross Lake adjoins Leane and can be accessed by boat with an onward journey into the beautiful upper lakes. All these lakes provide excellent wild brown trout which are relatively free rising. The catchment is part of a National Park but when you travel it by boat you are really in a wilderness among old oak forests with native Red deer abundant along the shorelines. This is home to the White Tailed Eagle which can be viewed perched along the shorelines amongst the old oak natural forests.
Caragh Lake and its associated tributaries flow into Dingle Bay. The main lake is an excellent wild brown trout fishery with free rising trout. The best times are April through to October 12th with rarely a disappointing day. Lough Acoose and Cloon Lake are privately managed but access can be arranged.
As always the wild Brown Trout are conservative in their choice of fly pattern with similar to Derriana being the normal course to follow.
Both the Killarney system and the Caragh system have runs of wild Atlantic salmon and each year numbers of salmon are taken by trout fishermen. These systems are little over a half hour drive from Derriana Lodge.
Note: This is rural Ireland and we strongly recommend that if you are not coming with your own car that you hire one from either Cork Airport (2.5 hours) or Kerry Airport (1.5 hours). Transfers can be arranged to and from Kerry Airport are approximately 100 Euro each way.
Ireland Fishing Tour – County Kerry | Tour Code: IRLGAF001
Ireland Fishing Tour Prices – Hosted Package
Price per person (all excluding flights):
Short Tour – 2 Anglers Travelling: GBP 660
Long Tour – 2 Anglers Travelling: GBP 1,110
Both prices above based on two people sharing.
Short Tour – 4 Anglers Travelling: GBP 540
Long Tour – 4 Anglers Travelling: GBP 930
Both prices above based on four people sharing.
Tour Style: Active – Experience required
Tour Length Short Tour: 5 Days / 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing
Tour Length Long Tour: 8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing
Level of Challenge: Medium / High
Bespoke Options Available.