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Waterville River

Waterville, Co. Kerry


Fish Species: Salmon and Sea trout

Waterville River mouth

The Waterville River is the gateway for salmon and sea trout entering Lough Currane  and the upper lakes in this catchment. It drains Lough Currane which in turn is fed by the upper lakes of Lough Namona, Cloonaghlin Lough, Iskanamacteery and Derriana Loughs and Lough Capall. The Waterville River flows for a short distance directly into the sea at Ballinskelligs Bay on the western shore of Lough Currane. Fishing on this short private stretch of river known as the Waterville River is managed and controlled by Waterville House.


The best of the fishing takes place from May to September and the average size of salmon ranges from 7.5lbs to 9lbs. Salmon fishing can be good early in May and June but the best of the fishing commences with the arrival of the grilse in July. The fishing is worked on a beat system with two four hourly sessions being fished morning and evening. There is a limit of one fish per rod and catch and release is compulsory after this. It is on this short 200m - 300m stretch of river that the famous Butlers Pool is located. This stretch of river extends from the road bridge on the N70 for circa 300m to the sea. Salmon fishing is normally best after a flood has receded.


Fishing is normally reserved for the guests at the house but sometimes fishing can be available. A State licence is required to fish for both salmon and sea trout. Details on accessing fishing on this river can be obtained from the Fishery Manager.

Salmon fishing on the Waterville River and on Butlers Pool may be arranged by contacting the Waterville Fishery Manager at +353 66 9474244 or by email at


Fishing is fly only.

Best Flies


Hairy Mary

Gary Dog

Shrimp Flies



Sea Trout

Black Pennel


Sooty Olive

Claret & Blue


Angling Tip:

Fishing after a receding flood produces the best results


The Waterville River can be accessed off the N70. After passing through Waterville turn right before the road bridge on the N70 south of Waterville to Waterville House. Parking is available at the house beside the river.


Please contact the Fishery Manager at +353 66 9474244 or by email at

Angling Guides


Waterville Fishery Manager at +353 66 9474244 or by email at

Anglers must have a salmon licence when fishing for salmon and sea trout. Licences can be purchased online at

The Salmon and Sea Trout Angling Regulations are revised annually and the current regulations can be found at


Visitors to the Waterville are will find Ordnance Survey Map No. 83 of great assistance in getting around the area.

Tackle Dealers

Kevin Brain,
Waterville Angling Centre,
Lower Main Street,
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9474433 Mobile: +353 87 6766986


Visitors will find a full range of accommodation at


Waterville Fishery Development Group

Getting to Waterville and the Waterville River


Waterville can be accessed by way of the N70 from Cahersiveen.


The airports in closest proximity to Waterville are Cork and Shannon. A number of low cost airlines operate between Cork and Shannon and the UK and Europe.

Ferry Ports:

Waterville can be easily accessed from the ferryports of Cork, Rosslare and Dublin

Further Information: 

Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Masseytown Macroom, Co Cork. Tel: +353 26 41221 Fax: +353 26 41223 email:

For Angling queries contact:

 Michael Hennessy, Email:

Additional Contacts:

Waterville Fishery Development Group

Map of Waterville and Currane system

Access to Fisheries: Access does not imply a right of way and anglers should ensure that they have the necessary permission to enter or cross private lands. Where possible, anglers should walk along the river bank or lake shore.

Country Code: Anglers should ensure that gates are closed and that fences are not broken or damaged. Care should be taken with crops and livestock. Litter must not be discarded and no fires are allowed. Vehicles should be parked in designated areas and in such a manner that they do not cause obstruction.

Errors and Inaccuracies: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this webpage is accurate, no responsibility will be accepted by Inland Fisheries Ireland for any errors or inaccuracies contained herein.