The Moy system has been heavily affected by the severe rainfall and flooding of last week. Despite this, there has been some excellent fishing, both before and following the high water, with almost 400 salmon reported for the week. Welcomed news for the system is the return of the grilse which are now appearing in good numbers, as well as many late spring fish which continue to be caught.
The Ridge Pool produced sixteen salmon before the flood, many falling to the fly. Laurence Kirwan enjoyed success with a fine 13.5lbs salmon and another of 5lbs, both on the fly, while U.K. anglers Paul Dixon, Roger Saunders and Ben Dixon all had their first salmon to the fly weighing 3lbs, 4lbs and 8.5lbs respectively.
Three salmon were caught on the Cathedral Beat, including one of 3.5lbs for visiting angler Ernst Gründel. The Point produced just two salmon, with the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water yielding over twenty fish.
The lower and mid Moy fisheries continue to produce sport, at Coolcronan Harold Retch, Germany, had one of 6lbs on prawn and a second of 6lbs on worm. At Byrne’s, fifteen were reported including two for Walter Schuster, Austria. Armstrong’s had twelve salmon and Gannon’s enjoyed a good week with thirty-eight recorded, including one of 11lbs for Eric Faber, France. The Foxford Fishery yielded seventeen salmon, with two for Declan Mahoney, Co. Cork, of 8lbs and 10lbs to the spinner.
Rinanney also fished very well, with over fifty reported, with Günter Geib, Germany landing one of 10lbs. The Foxford town also produced numerous fish and at Cloongee, thirty-five were recorded. Thiery Colum hosting a party of French anglers landed eight, five of which were released. Veteran angler Jimmy Scotson, Co. Monaghan also enjoyed success at Cloongee, capturing two salmon on his 75th birthday!
Finally the East Mayo Angers’ water yielded thirty-five for the week, where Jimmy Maloney, Straide, banked one of 12lbs and Martin Wörz, Austria, landed three grilse to the worm.