Another excellent week was had by anglers on the River Moy, the best this season to date, with over 1000 salmon reported for the system. Angling effort was very high on some fisheries and, as water levels continued to fluctuate, conditions suited all methods at different times. The Moy Fishery fished reasonably well once water levels dropped, recording 26 salmon in total. While taking part in a Juvenile angling event on the Freshwater Beat, brother and sister Oisin and Miranda Faul had one grilse each on the worm.
On the Ridge Pool 22 salmon were caught, including four for Roland Capouillez, Belgium, on the fly, and a fine 11lbs fish for Kevin Clayton, also on fly. At the Cathedral Beat, Brendan Earls, Co. Meath, had one to the fly. The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water recorded very good catches, as did Mount Falcon. Roger Morris, U.K., had good success at Mount Falcon, capturing 11 over three days, while Michael English, also of the U.K., had six to the fly and released all fish.
The mid-Moy fisheries experienced a very fruitful week. On the Attymass water, Sean Kearney, Attymass, landed a fine 16lbs salmon at Padden’s Pool while at Coolcronan, Richard Fairhurst, England had one grilse on worm. At Armstrong’s, Willie Moore, N.Ireland, had two of 6lbs and 8lbs to the spinner.
Patrick Zolliker, Switzerland, was among those to have success at Gannon’s with a 7.5lbs fish on spinner. Michael Fantone, France, landed a 11lbs fish on prawn at Rinanney, where a high angling effort resulted in large number of fish caught. The Foxford Fishery produced over 100 salmon, including three for Paul Williams, Wales, his best weighing 7lbs.
At Cloongee, over 30 salmon were reported, where 11 year old Anatole Coupe, France had one of 11lbs on bubble and fly. Fellow French anglers Jean Louis Coupe and Thierry Colum also enjoyed good sport at Cloongee, with Thierry landing two grilse and Jean Louis one of 6lbs. Dr. Klaus Lehmann, Germany, had two on worm, while John Glover, U.K., had five for his week. The East Mayo Anglers’ water also yielded very good numbers, including some large fish. Billy McGhee, Ballyvary, released an excellent spring fish, estimated to exceed 20lbs,
which was taken on fly, while Garrett Byrne, Co. Dublin, had one of 17lbs also on fly, and released another two.