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 visible from a bygone era.
The scenery lends itself to a spectacular experience and the fishing can be exceptional with a very large stock of free rising 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, managed by the Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust, 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 Cloonaglin and can be reached after a walk of 10 mins from the inflowing river in Cloonaglin. 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 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.