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    Ballina to Cloongee (Foxford Area)


    The main Moy channel between Ballina and Cloongee/Ballylahan is divided among at least a dozen separate owners. Some of the water, mainly around Ballina, Foxford and Cloongee is suitable for fly fishing but generally these stretches are fished with bait, spinner and bubble & fly. Some fisheries have a limit on the number of rods let, but the majority will issue daily, and some, weekly permits. Prices vary considerably depending on location and time of year; further details of tariffs and availability can be sought from the fisheries owners/managers.

    The various sections in this stretch are divided as follows:

    The Ballina Salmon Anglers Association

    This association water is managed under licence from the state and from the Verscoyle family. It comprises approximately 5km of double bank fishing from the weir in Ballina to the confluence with the Corroy River. Most of this stretch consists mainly of deep, slow flowing water and is suitable for angling with bait and spinner, although the bubble and fly method can also be very effective here. Seatrout are also caught in this stretch. The number of rods is not limited and permits are available at a very reasonable price from local tackle shops.

    These permits are available to purchase online at https://permits.fishinginireland.info/

    Mount Falcon

    This is one of the best known and most prestigious of the fisheries in this stretch. Mount Falcon Salmon Fishery consists of over 3km of mostly double fishing on the lower Moy approximately 3 miles above the tide. The fishing is for the exclusive use of the guests of Mount Falcon, either staying in one of the lodges within the estate or in the hotel itself. The fishery is divided into two beats. The upper beat contains the famous Wall Pool, which offers great fly-fishing when river conditions are right. The Wall Pool Straight and Connor’s Gap also lend themselves to fly-fishing.As the pools on the lower Beat are generally slower and deeper than those on the Upper Beat they are best suited to spinning and bait fishing. Notable pools on this stretch include The Dug-Out and Cunninghams, which consistently produces large numbers of fish to the worm and spinner throughout the season.Mount Falcon carries a full range of rental equipment including rods, reels and waders. If required and given advanced notice dedicated guides can be arranged. the peak season is from June to September

    Angling Regulations:

    • Lower Beats all legitimate angling methods can be used.
    • Upper Beat – Wall Pool / Wall Pool Straight Fly only. In high / dirty water spinning & worming may be allowed at the discretion of the Fishery Manager.
    • Other pools – all legal methods.

    Permits & Information from:

    Hotel & Lodge Guests only.

    Hotel Phone – +353 (0)96 74472
    Fisheries Manager Mobile – +353 (0)87 283 1776
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: www.mountfalcon.com

    The Attymass Fishery

    This stretch of river is leased by the Scott Knox-Gore family to the Attymass Anglers Association. It consists of 2 separate beats, totalling about 2.5km of the right bank from opposite the Corroy River confluence to just downstream of the Wall Pool and from the upstream end of the Wall Pool to the Confluence with the Bunnifinglass River. It is primarily a bait and spinner fishery, but bubble and fly can be effective too.

    Permits & Information from:

    Mr. Padraig Garrett
    Tel: +353 (0)94 92 58151

    Mr. Kevin Hennigan
    Tel: +353 (0)86 8436567

    Mr. Padraig Hughes
    Tel: +353 (0)94 9258146

    Mr. Michael Howley

    Tel: +353 (0)94 9256438

    The Scott-Knox-Gore Coolcronan Fishery

    This fishery consists of just over 1.7 km of double bank fishing between the Bunnifinglass River and the Yellow River. Access is via the entrance to Coolcronan House, to the assembly point by the Cable Pool. Number of rods let is limited to 12 per day divided amongst three separate beats. Weekly packages are available on request. Although it is considered primarily as a bait and spinner fishery, there is some good flyfishing at low water particularly in the stretch known as “ The Rocks”.

    Permits & Information from:

    Nick Cousins
    Tel: +353 (0)83 8344114

    Byrnes Fishery

    This is a short stretch comprising about 1.5 km of single bank fishing on the left bank, immediately upstream from the Mount Falcon water. It is suitable for bait and spinner only, although at very low water salmon can be taken on the fly.

    Permits & Information from:

    John McDermott
    Tel: +353 (0)87 6543136

    Roy Buckley
    Tel: +353 (0)87 6447850

    The Knockmore Angling Club Water

    This stretch is similar both in length and in general character to Byrnes Fishery. Again it is suitable for bait and spinner, but the occasional salmon is caught on fly in very low water.

    Permits & Information from:

    Mr. Martin Kelly
    Tel: +353 (0)94 9258287

    The Scott-Knox Gore Fishery in association with Foxford Salmon Anglers (Rinanney)

    This water is operated in association with the Foxford Salmon Anglers and consists 3.2 km of single (right) bank. It holds fish throughout the season and is a very productive bait and spinning fishery.

    Permits & Information from:
    Tiernan Brothers. Main Street, Foxford
    Tel: +353 (0)94 9256731

    Armstrong’s Fishery

    This water is operated by the Armstrong family and consists of about 2.5 km of single bank (left) only. It is primarily a bait and spinning fishery but bubble and fly can be effective when conditions are favourable. Day tickets are available at a reasonable price.

    Permits & Information from:

    Mr. George Armstrong
    Tel: +353 (0)87 2801640

    Mrs. Bridie Armstrong
    Tel: +353 (0)94 9256580 & +353 (0)87 7426219

    Gannon’s Fishery

    This is a section of single bank fishery approximately 2.5 km in length. It consists largely of slow bait and spinning water but in low water the fly can work around Moran’s Rocks and further downstream at the two bends. This is quite a productive fishery and day tickets are available at a reasonable price. Access is gained from the main Foxford – Ballina road and care should be taken when parking.

    Permits & Information from:

    Pat Gannon, Post Office, Foxford.
    Tel: +353 (0)94 9256101

    The Foxford Fishery

    This is a double bank fishery extending from 400 m north of Foxford Bridge, downstream for approximately 1.7 km. It is a highly productive fishery which has a limited number of rods and must be booked in advance. Some sections also provide good flyfishing.

    Permits & Information from:

    Mr. Granville Nesbitt, Fishery Manager
    Tel: +353 (0)86 8032350
    Email: [email protected]

    Web: http://www.thefoxfordfishery.com

    Bakers New Fishery – The Foxford Rocks

    This fishery extends for about 400 m downstream from the “Eel Weir” in Foxford. It has a high gradient and formerly was not noted as salmon holding water. However, following major development works carried out by the owner in the summer of 1999 this beat has two salmon angling pools suitable for flyfishing, both for spring salmon and grilse.

    Permits & Information from:

    Charles Baker
    Tel: +44 (0)1428707272
    Email: [email protected]

    The Foxford Salmon Anglers Fishery in association with Inland Fisheries Ireland

    This fishery consists of double bank fishing from Foxford Bridge upstream for about 1.7 km and adjoining the Cloongee Fishery 0.7 km north of the confluence with the Cross River. It is a very productive water which is fished mainly with bait and spinner, although there is some good flyfishing water near Foxford town.

    Permits & Information from:

    Tiernan Brothers. Main Street, Foxford
    Tel: +353 (0)94 9256731

    The Cloongee Fishery

    The Cloongee Fishery is one of the most prolific fisheries on the River Moy. It is also well known as a fishery that performs well early in the season. It is managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and offers a variety of quality angling. The Fishery consists of approx. 5 km of both double and single bank stretches. It is situated 2.5 km south of Foxford off the N58 Foxford to Castlebar Road. Permits are available from 1st  February.

    Permits must be purchased before attending to fish and are available from Tiernan Brothers Tackle Shop, Main St. Foxford.Tel:094-9256731. Email:[email protected]

    Inland Fisheries Ireland, Ardnaree House, Abbey Street, Ballina. Tel: +353 (0)96 21332. Email: [email protected]

    See Cloongee Fishery Guide [pdf] for more information and pricing.

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    Permits & Information from:

    Permits must be purchased before attending to fish and are available online


    And from Tiernan Brothers Tackle Shop, Main St. Foxford.

    Cloongee Fishery Guide [pdf]

    Please Note

    The ownership, management and boundaries of the fisheries outlined above are subject to change from time to time. While every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up to date information in this brochure, the Board can not accept responsibility for any omissions or inaccuracies contained therein. Anglers are, therefore, advised to check locally for information on these matters.

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