An excellent week was had by many on the Moy system, where just over 600 salmon were reported for the week. Despite the low water conditions, fresh fish have been caught throughout the length of the system indicating that these grilse are running and travelling, despite the lack of fresh water.

The Moy Fishery enjoyed a very productive week, with more and more fish beginning to settle in these beats, 75 salmon were caught in total, 54 of those were off the Ridge Pool, 13 from the Weir Pool and six off the Cathedral Beat.

On the Ridge Pool, young Oscan Downing, South Africa, landed his first Atlantic Salmon, a grilse on fly.

Nick Downing also had success, with a 5lbs grilse while N.Ireland pair Colin Farrell and Sean Logan, landed fresh fish 10lbs and 11lbs respectively, both on fly. Sean Maye also had a nice fish of 10lbs, also on fly. Jimmy French was among those to have success on the Weir Pool, with two grilse of 3.5lbs and 5.5lbs, with Alex Herron, N. Ireland, among those to have success on the Cathedral beat.


The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water also had a very productive week, with over 80 salmon recorded from its beats. The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ will be hosting a Juvenile Angling Competition on Saturday 6th July, from 11am to 1pm, with those wishing to take part asked to assemble an the river bank on the Canal side.

The mid-river fisheries all enjoyed a good week, with good catches reported from most of the fisheries downstream of Foxford Town. At Armstrong’s, Michael Clarke landed a 12lbs salmon while fishing prawn, and at Gannon’s Fishery, Chris Atkinson, England, had one of 10lbs (also on prawn). At the Foxford Fishery, Jean-Luc Mural, France, and party of three recorded 20 salmon over five days, with their best weighing 10lbs.

Rinanney and the Foxford Salmon Anglers’ water also all reported catches for the week, while at Cloongee, over 50 salmon were recorded. Among those to enjoy good sport at Cloongee was Geoff Belcher, U.K., with one of 5.5lbs on fly, Peter Thornton, U.K., had two of 4.5lbs and 6.5lbs on fly, Stephen Brennan, Co. Dublin had two up to 7lbs while spinning and Jez Leech, U.K., landed a grilse and a 12lbs salmon on worm.

The East Mayo Anglers’ water once again enjoyed great catches, with 115 salmon recorded for the week. Here, visiting angler Dietmar Jansen, Germany landed three grilse and an 11lbs salmon on fly, with Jerry Carney, Balla, also capturing one of 6lbs on fly.

The Moy Fishery is hosting its annual Juvenile Angling Day on the Cathedral Beat in Ballina on Monday, 8th July. Rods, tackle and tuition are available free on the day with the event open to anyone 17 years or younger. Angling will commence at 9.00am and finish at 6.00pm. Those wishing to participate should call Inland Fisheries Ireland – Ballina on +353 (0)96 22788 or email [email protected] to book their place.