Another extraordinary week for an Irish river, with the reported catch in excess of 800 salmon, reaffirming the River Moy as Ireland’s premier salmon fishery. Water levels did continue to fluctuate slightly throughout the week, and fish were taken on worm, spinner and fly, with some notable captures on the fly in particular. The Ridge Pool produced just three salmon, including two grilse for Trevor Simpson, U.K., although angling effort has been very low on the lower fisheries.
The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water yielded 26 salmon, including two for N.Ireland angler John Mc Callan on a spinner. At Mount Falcon, over 40 salmon were caught, including 16 for the Brown party, U.K.
Knockmore, Attymass and Coolcronan each enjoyed very good angling during the week. At Coolcronan Linda and David Frost, U.K. had three while spinning.
Byrne’s, Gannon’s and Armstrong’s fisheries also experienced a very fruitful week, and at the Foxford Fishery, 32 salmon were caught. Rinanney continued to fish very well, among those to catch salmon there was Henri Muire, France, who had one of 10.5lbs on a spinner.
At the Cloongee Fishery, many visiting anglers had great sport, with Ludovic Coulon, France recording three weighing 4lbs, 5lbs and 7lbs, two of which were caught on bubble and fly, the third on a spinner. Alain Schnell, France, had two grilse while spinning, Patrick Herve, France, had one of 7lbs, Thomas Smith, N.Ireland, landed a grilse while spinning with Beatrice Valaize, France capturing three of 5lbs, 6lbs and 8lbs.
Once again, the best sport on the Moy was had on the East Mayo Anglers’ water, which reported a staggering 179 salmon for the week, 91 of which were released. Pascal Nicholas, France enjoyed an excellent week at East Mayo, landing several salmon, ranging in weight form 4lbs to 9lbs. U.K anglers Andrew Pearse and Ian Mountford, both captured fish of 8lbs on the fly while N.Ireland anglers Michael O’Kane and John McGinn also had success on the fly, with fish of 11lbs and 10lbs respectively.