The Moy had its best week of the season, so far, with a reported catch of 197 salmon. However, it was a difficult week for anglers as water levels fluctuated for most of the time. Conditions improved towards the weekend and as a result most fisheries, particularly in the middle and upper part of the river, recorded some good catches.

The Coolcronan Fishery produced its first two salmon of the season. Harald Retsch, Germany, and Patrick Doherty, Northern Ireland, had fish of 8 lbs. and 10 lbs. respectively. Both salmon were taken on worm. Byrne’s also reported the first fish of the season, a 6 pounder on worm for Roy Buckley. On Armstrong’s, John Keane, Northern Ireland, landed a 10 pounder on worm, while local angler, Padraic O’Boyle, had a cracking 17 lbs. springer on Gannon’s while spinning. Sam McConnell, Northern Ireland, was successful on the Foxford Fishery, where he caught a 9 lbs. salmon on spinner.

A proud John Ellis, UK, displaying his 9 lbs. Moy salmon

On Rinanney, Stephen Scott, Scotland, and Eric Stalsman, Belgium, were amongst the lucky anglers catching 2 salmon each averaging over 10 lbs. All four fish were taken on worm. German anglers, Sebastian Merkofer, Markus Ulmer and Michael Döbele, all had fish ranging from 7 lbs. to 10 lbs., while UK visitor, John Ellis also got a fine 9 lbs. fish on the Foxford Salmon anglers water.

Upstream of Foxford, on The Cloongee Fishery, Jürgen Kettlitz, Germany, had 3 salmon between 7 and 8 lbs., all on worm, while French visitors, Mathieu Pilorge and Andre Rolland had a 9 pounder each on spinner.

Anglers also enjoyed good fishing on the East Mayo Association water ( Amongst the successful anglers were a group of flyanlgers from Co. Meath. Simon Cassidy, John Maloney and Noel Padden all had great sport on the fly catching fish around the 9 lbs. mark.

Moy Estuary

Strong North winds restricted fishing for most of the week on the Moy Estuary. However, Judd Ruane, skipper of the Pegasus, reported 17 sea trout over two days for his clients.

Sea trout
Elaine Waterworth with a lovely Moy Estuary sea trout

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