Billy Thornton reports from Ballina on fishing on the Moy to 22 April…

Last week got off to a bad start with heavy rain on Monday which resulted in a brown flood for most of the week. However as levels dropped and the water started to clear towards the end of the week angling effort improved and 31 salmon were reported caught throughout the system.

Declan Gannon had a fish on Ballina Salmon Anglers water and both Attymass and Knockmore Salmon Anglers reported their first fish of the season. Anthony Murphy, Dublin had a 9 lbs fish on Armstrongs Fishery and Alan Reck, Athlone a 12.75 lbs fish on the Foxford Salmon Anglers Rinanney stretch.

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Gerry Guilfoyle with his salmon from Cloongee

Upstream of Foxford on the Cloongee Fishery Bill O’Regan, Dublin had a 8.5 lb fish and Gerry Guilfoyle, Meath had a 10 lbs fish on worm.

On East Mayo Anglers water David Conaty, Castlebar for the second week running had a 12 lb fish on the fly.

Water levels are continuing to drop and fishing will improve further in the coming days.
Water levels have already dropped back so the week ahead is looking good.

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