The final week of this year’s salmon fishing season has arrived and the penultimate week proved a productive one on the River Moy. There was an increase in angling effort as many anglers travelled to the area for their ‘last cast’ of the season. A total of 326 salmon were reported, with some fisheries recording up to 50 fish for the week. A significant number of these fish were safely released.

The Ridge Pool yielded six salmon, with Paul Christie, Scotland, landing one on the fly and releasing a sea trout of 2lbs. Graham Childerley, U.K. also landed one with the fly, with Raul Lobo Garcia, Spain, capturing two grilse with the spinner on the Ridge. The Ballina Salmon anglers’ water fished relatively well, while Mount Falcon and the Knockmore water produced very good numbers, with 41 fish being returned on the Mount Falcon Fishery.

At Coolcronan, Ken Wright, U.K. was among those to enjoy success, landing one of 4lbs to the worm and a 5lbs fish on the spinner over two days. Armstrong’s and Gannon’s fisheries also had a good week, reporting good numbers of fish, mirroring the increased angling effort.

Both the Foxford Fishery and Rinanney reported good numbers of fish, with Phil Whitehead, U.K. landing a fine12lbs salmon at the Foxford Fishery and Belgian angler Eric Stalmans, capturing one of 11lbs on prawn at Rinanney. Some fly anglers enjoyed great sport on the East Mayo Anglers’ water, where Danny Knowles, Co. Dublin, had five grilse, Jean Lensi, France, landed one of 10lbs and Billy McGhee, Ballyvary, had two fine fish of 12lbs and 18lbs. In total 25 salmon were released on the East Mayo Anglers’ water throughout the week.