William Thornton reports

Heavy rain on Sunday night and Monday saw water levels rise considerably with a large number of fish moving up out of the Estuary. Angling effort increased with a large number of anglers descending on the Moy. As a result 691 salmon were reported caught across the system. On the tidal beats in Ballina, thirty-one salmon were reported, Ballina to Foxford 536 and Foxford town  upstream 124.

On the Moy Fishery, Spencer Wylie, UK, (2.5 & 4.5lbs on worm), Jacib Wylie, UK, (4.5 & 6lbs on worm), Andrew Birkett, UK, (3, 3 &5.75lbs on worm), Julio Hernandez, Spain, (4.5lbs on worm), Kevin Donnelly, Cork, (4lbs on fly), Olive Linehan, Limerick, (3.5lbs on fly) and Rob Malcom, UK, (4.75lbs on fly) all cought fish on the Ridge Pool. Kiernan Cullinane, Carlow, (3.5 & 4lbs on fly) and Gerard Reidy, Limerick, (2.5lbs on worm)were successful on the Cathedral Beat, while Albert Gardiner, Limerick, (2.5lbs) and Gerard Reidy, also Limerick, (4 & 4lbs on worm) had fish on the Freshwater Beat.

Ghillie James Devers nets a fresh grilse for Rob Malcom on the Ridge Pool


Upstream, while fish were reported from all fisheries between Ballina and Foxford, Foxford Salmon Anglers had their best week of the season with 230 fish reported from Rinanney. The Foxford Fishery also had a good week with Paul Mally and John Grant two of the lucky anglers there. Peter Boote, UK, and Liam Moran, Co. Offaly, had a fish of 4lbs each on Cloongee. Also on Cloongee, Thierry Coulm, France, had 5 fish ranging from 3 to 5 lbs on bubble and fly. On East Mayo, Frank Sommer, Germany, (5lbs ) and Dionys Mannhart, Switzerland, (4 & 4.5lbs) had fish on fly.

While water levels have dropped back there is a good show of fish throughout  the system.