Fishing was mixed over the past week, with 284 salmon reported for the Moy system. The sunny weather and dropping water levels impacted on most fisheries upstream of Ballina. However, the Moy Fishery had its best week of the season so far with a total of 34 salmon caught.

A smiling Phoebe Bean, US, with her 8 lbs. Cathedral Beat salmon
A smiling Phoebe Bean, US, with her 8 lbs. Cathedral Beat salmon

Fergal Kyne from Galway had two grilse on fly: one on the Ridge Pool and one on the Cathedral Beat. Also on the Cathedral Beat, US lady angler, Phoebe Bean, landed a fine eight pounder on fly, while John Phealan, Co. Laois, had four on the Weir Pool (one released).

Successful on the Weir Pool: John Phelan, Co. Laois
Successful on the Weir Pool: John Phelan, Co. Laois

Italian visitor, Filippo Maximo, won’t forget his day on the Mount Falcon water where he caught his first ever salmon; a lovely grilse of 5 lbs. Flyangler Sean Reilly from the UK also had a 5 lbs. grilse. He was successful on the Foxford Fishery.

With a total of 10 fish Patrick Rousseau and Jean-Jaques Daurant from France enjoyed a good week’s fishing on theCloongee Fishery. Their best fish weighed in at 10.5 lbs.

Further upriver on East Mayo, French flyangler, Alain Bouvet had a fine 12 lbs. salmon, while his countryman, Patrice Lacombe, landed a 6lbs. fish also on fly.

With the grilse run in progress and wetter conditions around the corner prospects for the coming weeks are looking good.