The long awaited rains finally descended on the Moy catchment, providing much needed fresh water for the system. With the raised water level came a very good run of fish, adding new life to many of the Moy fisheries. An excellent week was had by anglers, with the systems weekly catch total exceeding 1000 salmon for the first time this season. Large numbers of fish were caught over the length of the system, as the fresh run fish quickly dissipated throughout.

The Moy Fishery in Ballina had an excellent week, with 191 salmon recorded, 116 of those from the Ridge Pool. Among those to record catches on the Ridge were Ralf Hemmersbach, Germany, who had a 7lbs salmon on fly, Callum Rudd, U.K., who had two of 5lbs and 9lbs and Jesus Ugart, Spain, who released two also caught on fly. The Cathedral beat produced 45 for the week, including two each for Barry Prince and James Dobson, U.K. (on worm) and a further two for Jesus Ugart on the fly. There 8 caught on the Weir Pool, including a first fly caught Moy salmon for German angling celebrity Babs Kijewski, during her first visit to the Salmon Capital of Ireland and at the Spring Wells, Jonathan Betts, N.Ireland, had one of 4lbs on the fly. The Freshwater Beat also produced 16 salmon, including a grilse for Peadar Duffy, taken on the worm. There are still some rods available on the Ridge Pool, Cathedral Beat and the lower Moy Fishery beats throughout August, those wishing to book rods should contact the Moy Fishery Office on +353 (0)96 21332 or email: [email protected].

With over 1,000 fish caught this week, the Moy is our 'Catch of the Week' winner

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water also had an excellent week, with 167 salmon reported, including three for visiting juvenile angler Ryan McCallan, N.Ireland, and one of 5lbs for Brendan Doyle, Co. Monaghan, caught spinning. The remaining mid-river fisheries all enjoyed great catches during the latter part of the week, with Mount Falcon, Knockmore and Armstrong’s all recording catches in excess of 50 fish each, with Attymass and Coolcronan each exceeding 35, Byrne’s reported 45 and Gannon’s 42. Babs Kijewski landed her first ever Moy salmon while fishing the Mount Falcon Waters’, while at Coolcronan, Ollie Brown had two on worm with Roy Quinn, N.Ireland, landing three, his best weighing 6lbs.

At the Foxford Fishery, 68 were caught for the week, with the Barry Saunders party of four (U.K.) landing an impressive 14 fish over two days. Rinanney also provided plenty of sport for anglers, where well over 100 salmon were reported. There was also good fishing around Foxford town, likewise at Cloongee where Keith Purvis had one of 6lbs while spinning, Barry Saunders U.K. had one on worm as did Stuart Simpson. The East Mayo Anglers’ water also enjoyed a return to form, with 53 recorded including two of 5lbs and 10lbs for Jim Creehan, Co. Galway on fly and three grilse for Derek Doyle, Co. Dublin, also on fly.