Despite water levels still being slightly high, it was another excellent week for anglers on the Moy, where over 500 salmon were reported! The lower fisheries are suffering due to the water level, however, this is having a positive effect on the upper fisheries.
The Moy Fishery produced just seven for the week, with five from the Ridge Pool and two from the Freshwater Beat. On the Ridge Pool, Dublin angler Eamon Fitzsimons had two of 3.5lbs and 6.5lbs on the worm, as did Jim Keeley, N.Ireland. Both John McKinley and Padraig Hastings had success while spinning on the Freshwater Beat.
The Ballina Salmon Anglers' water yielded fifty salmon, while Mount Falcon, Knockmore, Attymass and Coolcronan also produced their share. Byrne's Fishery produced twenty-six and Armstrong's thirty-five including one of 8lbs for Michael Braun, Germany.
Gannon's Fishery reported thirty-nine for the week, where Simon Stokoe, U.K. had one of 11lbs. The Foxford Fishery also enjoyed a very good week, where their total was fifty-one salmon. At the Foxford Fishery, Peter Feeney, N.Ireland, had two of 9lbs, each to the worm, while Sean O'Brien, Co. Wexford had one of 11.5lbs, also on the worm. Rinanney and the Foxford town fisheries all reported very good numbers of fish. At Rinanney Horst Zettle, Germany, caught one of 13lbs spinning while Guy Herve, France had one of 12.5lbs.
IFI's Cloongee Fishery produced almost ninety salmon, including a great fish of 15lbs for Tom Cogan, Co. Monaghan to a spinner and one of 13.5lbs for Alain Soisson, France, also spinning. East Mayo Anglers' water yielded almost one hundred for the week, where John Noad, U.K. had two of 5lbs and 7lbs on fly, Lothar Deeg, Germany had one of 7lbs also on the fly while Dennis O'Manoney, Dublin had one of 10lbs.
The Ballisodare Fishery also experienced a great week, where over two hundred salmon were caught and over one hundred of these released. Among those to have success were local angler Christy O'Gara, who had one of 8lbs, John Murray, 9lbs to the fly, Ronan Waters, 8lbs on fly and Peter Henry who also had one of 8lbs, on the worm.
Shane Maye and Jimmy Cuffe, released fish of 6lbs and 5lbs respectively, taken on the fly, with Eddie Harte capturing a fine fish of 10.5lbs also to the fly. Visiting angler Peter Cunningham released one of 7lbs to the fly, John Connolly had a nice salmon of 11lbs on fly with Eamon Ruddy, taking one of 8lbs to the worm.
Although the high wind did hamper efforts on Carrowmore at times during the week, many anglers had good sport on the lake. Michael Naughton and Vincent Rigney had one each to the boat, while J.J. Sullivan and boat partner had two each. Ronnie Maye boated one as did Gary Copney, Vincent Roche and Paddy Byrne. David Donnell had two, Alan Boyd and Jim Ruane, one each as did Larry McElendon. Flies which proved successful over the past week on Carrowmore were the Black Dabbler, Green Peter and Cascade varieties.
Lough Conn and Cullin
The weather did hamper angling on Conn and Cullin once again, despite this, some anglers did enjoy success. Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Rodger Sanders, Paul Dixon and Ben Dixon, U.K. had five trout to the boat for a day, all taken on the Grey Wulff. Sean Almandras, U.K. also had five for a day, his best was 2lbs. Steven Forehead, also from the U.K. reported seven, his best 1.5lbs, all taken on the Royal Wulff.
Angling out of Murphy's of Massbrook, Barry Graham and Ned Tyrell, Co. Offaly had six for a day, their best was 2lbs. Boat partners Liam McHugh and Mick Sweeney, Co. Galway had six for a day, including two trout each weighing over 4lbs, taken on mayflies off Coleman's Shallows.
Dominic Concannon, Co.Derry released four trout, while Bob Allis, U.K./Terrybaun had three for a day on Cullin, his best 1.5lbs.
In the Cloghans area Stephen Brown and Sean Creane, both Cloghans, had two each on dry Olives, their best 1.5lbs while John Burke, Foxford and Adrian Murphy, Cloghans also had two each all taken on dry flies.