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    East Mayo Anglers Association



    Salmon: February 1st – September 30th

    Sea Trout: 1st February – 10th October

    Brown Trout: 15th February – 10th October

    The East Mayo Anglers Association (EMAA) lease approximately 13 kilometres of double bank fishing from the State making it the most extensive stretch of Salmon angling available on the Moy. It extends from approximately 1.7km upstream of the confluence with the Cross River to the confluence with the Killeen River on the left bank and from a point approximately 2.5km downstream of Ballylahan bridge on the right bank. Best access points are Ballylahan Bridge and along the road which runs from Scarrownageragh Bridge on the Gweestion R. To Cloongullaun Bridge near Swinford on the N26 Foxford – Swinford road.

    Much of the river in this area has been developed and, consequently, is easily accessible and offers large number of new pools and groynes in addition to the well-established angling stretches around Ballylahan, and the Gub. It is well fished by both local and visiting anglers, but for those willing to walk that little bit further from the bridges, this stretch of water can offer quality salmon angling in tranquil, scenic surroundings. Much of EMAA water is suitable for fly fishing although worm and spinner are popular in the slower flowing areas and there is also a fly only stretch available.

    Fishing for spring salmon begins in late March and depending on water levels, can carry on well into May and June.

    The grilse appear in the EMAA water around the last week of May and as long as water levels remain moderate to high this stretch can offer excellent fishing. The best of the grilse fishing is to be had in June and early July but as the summer progresses and water levels drop, the fishing can become slow. It is hoped that in these conditions the newly created pools will provide sufficient depth and cover to hold Salmon throughout the summer months.

    Angling Methods

    All legal methods are permitted except Prawn and Shrimp. Favourite flies are Ally’s Shrimp, Bann Special, Foxford Shrimp, Green Highlander and Hairy Mary. For spinning, the “Flying C” in a variety of colours is the most popular method. Tobys and Devons are also used.


    EMAA Permits are available on a daily or weekly basis from :

    Kathleen Ward
    The East Mayo Anglers Association Offices,
    Market Sreet, Swinford,
    Co. Mayo.
    Tel: (094) 9253955
    Web: www.eastmayoanglers.com

    D. Canning, Ballylahan Bridge
    Tel:00353 (0) 87 6359224

    Geraghty’s, Ardhoom
    Tel:00353 (0) 94 9384439

    Kneafsey’s Cloongulane
    Tel:00353 (0) 94 9251673

    River Moy Fisheries