A great improvement in fortunes on the River Moy over the past week, as prolonged rains and frequent rises in water levels freshened the system. In total just over 400 salmon were reported for the week, with all fisheries enjoying good sport.

On the Moy Fishery, there were 14 landed, with eight of those from the Ridge Pool. Among those to score on the Ridge were Franz Lohmar, Germany with one of 6.1lbs on fly, and Rudolf Schweissthal, also Germany who had four on the fly. There were also five caught on the Cathedral Beat and one from the Point.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water enjoyed a good week with 38 recorded while at MountFalcon, 22 were caught, 17 of which were released. The Knockmore waters’ through to Gannon’s all enjoyed a good week, with recorded catches ranging from 12 to 60 per fishery. At Coolcroonan, Eugene Farrell and son Evan had one each on the worm.

The Foxford Fishery too enjoyed a successful week, with 26 recorded while Rinanney produced over 50 salmon. There were also reasonable catches reported from around Foxford town, while upstream at Cloongee there were eight caught, seven of those released. Visiting French angler Stephane Legentilhomme, had two on spinner at Cloongee, both released.

Finally the East Mayo Anglers’ water produced very good sport, with 57 recorded for the week, 38 of those released. Visiting anglers to the area were among those to have success at Cloongee, with Walter Mielke, Germany landing two grilse on fly, and Miguel Sanz, Spain, accounting for four grilse, also on fly.

Photographed below is former Scotland Rugby International and British & Irish Lions member Rob Wainwright, who took a break from the saddle to fish the Moy Fishery, during the CROSS Rugby Legends Malin to Mizen Head Charity Cycle which passed through Ballina.


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