High water levels on the Moy, particularly below the Lake River, have hampered angling over the past week, particularly for fly anglers. However, the fisheries in the mid and upper stretches have continued to produce good numbers, resulting in a total catch of 334. Very low angling effort on the Moy Fishery beats, coupled with water levels, has meant that only three salmon were caught for the week, with two off the Ridge Pool to worm for Robert Irwin and Ian Carroll and one from the Freshwater Beat for John McKinley, Athlone.
The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water, and Mount Falcon both enjoyed a productive week with good numbers reported, including 16 salmon for Ian Trayer, U.K. over 4 days, at Mount Falcon, all of which were released. The middle fisheries, up as far as Foxford all experienced a relatively good week. Those who had success included John Slater, U.K, who had one of 5lbs at Coolcronan, and two of 6lbs and 9lbs for Rory O’Toole, N.Ireland, at the Foxford Fishery.
At Cloongee, Maxi Schiedt, Germany, had one of 6lbs to spinner, with Donal Vaughan, Co. Cork, also landing a grilse to spinner. The East Mayo Anglers’ water also produced good fishing, including a fine fish of 14.5lbs taken on a spinner by Dave Pickhard, Isle of Man. Others to have success at East Mayo were Manfred Fauert, Germany, who had two on fly, and Leonard Thompson, Co. Dublin, who had one of 8lbs while spinning.
Angling effort throughout the week has been low, yet with many salmon continuing to migrate through the system, good sport can be had for the remainder of the season.