The water levels on the Moy dropped off quickly throughout the week, as a result conditions are now much more favorable on the lower Moy fisheries than they have been in previous months. More and more grilse are being observed in catches, with fresh spring salmon still featuring.

The Moy Fishery has now come into good order, with three fish caught over the weekend, including the first off the Cathedral Beat, caught by 16 year old David Andrews, Co. Meath, weighing 7lbs on fly. Further catches were recorded over the remainder of the Bank Holiday Weekend. The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water enjoyed a good week as the water levels dropped, with 37 salmon reported.

Erwin Kunz, Switzerland with his fine 16lbs salmon taken on the worm at East Mayo

Upstream, Mountfalcon, Knockmore and Attymass all recorded a few fish, while Byrnes had five and Armstrong’s 11, including one of 14lbs for German angler Emily Breun (on worm). At the Foxford Fishery, 6 were caught including two grilse for Thierry Del-Roue, France. Rinanney yielded 13, and at Cloongee, 30 were reported. Among those to have success at Cloongee were Keith Miskelly, N.Ireland, who had two of 7lbs and 9lbs on worm, and Jez Leech, U.K., who had three of 8lbs, 10lbs and 11lbs.

The East Mayo Anglers water recorded 57 captures, 6 of which were released. Marcel Jacqueim, Belgium, had a great week, with two grilse of 3lbs, two more weighing 7lbs and a further two of 8lbs, caught on spinner and worm. Herve Le Do, France, had one of 7lbs and two 11lbs springers on worm, with Erwin Kunz (pictured above) landing a fine 16lbs springer.

The river continues to drop, suiting the lower fisheries, with the Ridge Pool and Cathedral Beats expected yield good results in coming days.