Another exceptional week on the River Moy, as the Grilse continue to migrate in their thousands into the system. Over 700 salmon were reported for the week, with many angers stating that they have not enjoyed a run as good as this since the mid-1990’s! The abundance of freshwater of late has no doubt enticed these fish to enter the Moy, with many fresh salmon in the 6lbs to 14lbs range being caught, throughout the length of the system.
The Ridge Pool produced five grilse, with Alan Hanna, Kenneth Millsopp (both N.Ireland) and Tom Toner, Castlebar recording fish. There have been no catches reported of late from the Cathedral Beat, Springwells or Ash Tree Pool, as water conditions have not been conducive to angling in these lower fisheries. In contrast, the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water did produce good angling, and at Mount Falcon, Cathy and Tom Good enjoyed good sport, landing six of the 16 recorded at the fishery, their best weighing 6lbs.
The mid-Moy fisheries, Knockmore, Attymass, Coolcronan, Byrne’s, Armstrong’s and Gannon’s all yielded very good numbers of fish. At Coolcronan, Ronnie Douglas, N.Ireland had three, Ray Jarvis (also N.Ireland) had two from Armstrong’s and Pat Healy, Co. Roscommon, banked one of 8lbs with the worm at Gannon’s.
The Foxford Fishery also enjoyed good sport, and Rinanney fished very well, producing excellent numbers of fish. Among those to have success at Rinanney, was Marcel Selous, France who landed a fine 13.5lbs salmon. Once again Cloongee and the East Mayo Anglers’ water had excellent fishing.
At Cloongee, Edward Murphy, Co. Cork and Peter Moylan, Co. Dublin both had fish of 5lbs to the spinner, and fellow Dubliners George Partridge and Michael Conway had catches of 7lbs and 7.5lbs respectively.
Of the 77 salmon reported on the East Mayo Anglers’ water, Lothar Waldeck, Germany had one of 9.5lbs, Robert Ducandas, France landed one of 7lbs and Des Edwards, N.Ireland had one of 6lbs on the fly.