William Thornton reports

Moy System WE Sunday 16th June 2019.

Bright sunshine, heavy showers, cold northerly wind and fluctuating water levels made conditions very tough for the past week. However, 285 salmon were reported caught with a big percentage of them grilse. This puts the total catch to date on par with 2018.


Kent Anderson from Sweden playing a grilse on the Upper Moy


Kent practicing Catch & Release on the Moy


On the Moy Fishery, Evan Farrell, Dublin, had a 6.75 lbs. fish on spinner on the Ridge Pool. Charlton Peters, UK, and Peter Wadding, Wexford, were also successful on the Ridge Pool with fish of 5.5 lbs. and 7.5 lbs respectively both on fly. On the Weir Pool,  John McKinley, Athlone, had a 3.75 lbs. grilse on fly.

As we move upstream, Laurence Flood, UK, had a nice 10.5 lbs. salmon, while four time world super bike champion Carl Fogarty had a 6 lbs. salmon on the Mount Falcon Fishery.  Other successful anglers included John Tobin, UK, 4 lbs. on worm – Coolcronan Fishery, Jim Geraghty, Longford, 6 lbs. on spinner – Armstrong’s Fishery, Eric Fabe, France, 11 lbs. on prawn  – Gannon’s Fishery, Eddie Manthrope, NI, 9 lbs. on worm – Foxford Fishery, Wilford Topping, NI,  14.5 lbs. –  Rinanny Foxford Salmon Anglers water, Stefan Hibbe, Austria, 12 lbs. bubble & fly, Kevin Edwards, UK, 6 lbs. on spinner & Alain Soisson, France, 3 fish 4 to 13.5 lbs. on bubble & fly – all on the Cloongee Fishery. Successful anglers on the East Mayo water included Gerard Marais, France, 7 lbs. on worm, Mike Childs, UK,  3 & 8 &10 lbs. all on fly, Lothar Deeg, Germany, 8.5 & 10 lbs.  on fly and Kurt Neuenschwander, Switzerland, 5 lbs also on fly. Kent Anderson from Sweden guided by Paddy McDonnell also did well on the upper Moy catching and releasing a number of nice fish.

While there is a good show of fish throughout the system the very unsettled weather continues to make conditions tough.

Hows the river doing…

For more about the River Moy and its fisheries, including prices and maps see – https://www.fishinginireland.info/salmon/northwest/river_moy_system.htm