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    River Moy

    Wild Atlantic Way
    Ballina on the River Moy, one of many great fisheries along the Wild Atlantic Way


    Open for 2023

    • Salmon:
      February 1st – September 30th (from the Ridge Pool upstream)
      17th April – 30th September (downstream of the Ridge Pool)
    • Sea Trout:
      1st February – 10th October
    • Brown Trout:
      15th February – 10th October


    Ireland has a number of great river systems and of these, the Moy, which straddles counties Mayo and Sligo, is one of the most productive. It is approximately one hundred kilometres long and with its extensive tributaries, it drains a catchment of over two thousand square kilometres. The system includes great loughs such as Conn and Cullin but also many small lakes and streams. For much of its course, the Moy flows through pastureland hut the mountains of the watersheds which feed it are almost always in view from its banks. The Nephin Beg range lines the western horizon and the Ox Mountains mark the eastern watershed.

    The Moy has long been famous as Ireland’s premier Salmon river and it offers a wide variety of quality angling to suit all tastes and budgets. Most of the main Moy channel, and some of its larger tributaries provide excellent spring salmon and grilse fishing with both fly and bait. Sea trout are also abundant in the Moy.

    The main Moy channel is deep and up to forty meters wide in the middle and lower reaches. Huge numbers of salmon are landed here each season. The average annual Salmon rod catch on the Moy over the last ten years is a staggering 6,500 fish

    The Moy estuary has large stocks of sea trout, some of which exceed four pounds, and which can be caught on fly and bait. The lower beats around Ballina and Foxford, and some locations on the upper river also provide good sea trout fishing late in the season.

    Angling Methods

    All legal methods are permitted on the Moy, but anglers are requested to check with individual fisheries to confirm local rules.

    River Moy Fisheries


    Ridge Pool Webcam Watch the drama unfold or just check the water levels…