With water levels at present very low on the River Moy, rain would be welcome to entice more fish to move into the system. However, despite the levels, angling on the Moy has generally been good over the past week. The Moy Fishery fished well for the week, with thirty-two salmon caught, including five on The Point and thirteen off the Cathedral Beat, including one for Bodo Sander, Germany, and John Harmon, Drogheda. The Weir Pool produced just one while the Ridge Pool yielded fifteen for the week. Among those to have success on the Weir Pool were Ewan Grierson, Scotland, with a salmon of 10.4lbs and fellow Scot Alan Dillon, who had five salmon, the best weighing 7.3lbs.
Upstream on the Moy, the Ballina Salmon Anglers' water fished well with the Knockmore and Attymass waters also producing fish. Armstrong's also yielded some fish over the week and Gannon's also fished very well. The Foxford Fishery had a good week, including one salmon of 10lbs for local angler Donal McCurtain. At Rinanney, anglers had a good week with large numbers of salmon reported. Visiting German anglers Frank Geib and Gunther Geib had three salmon ranging between 10 and 12 lbs.
The Foxford town beats all produced fish and at Cloongee fifteen salmon were caught including three for French angler Jean Michel Gieslin on the bubble and fly, one salmon of 7lbs for Eric Weisser on the spinner and four salmon for two days for Damien Quigley, Co.Laois, ranging from 4lbs to 10.25lbs. East Mayo Anglers' water also continued to fish very well where Noel McManamon, Kildare, had three to the fly, Roger Janneua, France, caught two as did Marc Throme, Belgium.
With mid-summer now approaching fast, the sea trout angling on the Moy Estuary has improved greatly, with mackerel strips and sand-eel remaining the most successful methods.
Lough Conn and Cullin
Changing wind direction, some northerly winds and sporadic hatches on the loughs have made angling somewhat difficult. However, some anglers did enjoy some good fishing. Angling from Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Geoffrey Cook, UK, had twenty-one trout over five days all taken on the Grey Wolf while Peter Shaller and Bernard Aurhammer, Germany had three each also on the Grey Wolf, with their best fish weighing 2lbs. Derek Evans, Dublin, had two trout as did Derek Davis also of Dublin. Fishing Lough Cullin, James Mc Walter had 12 trout taken on the Octopus and Extractor. A few trout have been reported from the Brackwansha shore and also off Poteen Island. Fishing out of Kelly's boat hire, Cloghans, Bill O'Connell, Arklow had ten trout over three days, Joe Mulligan, N.Ireland, had four trout to the Bibio while Jack Gillespie, Armagh, had three trout totaling 5lbs. At Gortnorabbey, Padraig Traynor had three for one evening all on the Golden Olive Muddler while Ivan Scott and Ian Daly, Donegal, had two taken on dry flies. Fishing out of Gerry Murphy's, Massbrook, Dominick Colcannon, Derry, had six for one day's angling while Mike Reed, UK, had two. Paul Heaney, Galway had four trout totaling 5lbs while Mr. Muller, Germany, on his thirty-seventh visit to the region had twelve trout over his stay.
The Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers' Association held their annual fly fishing competition over the Whit weekend, where a total of 108 anglers took part, catching forty-six trout over two days. Most fish caught were taken on dry flies, mainly Mayfly patterns. In first place was Andy Duncan, Mullingar, catching four trout totaling 2.3kgs, in second was Aidan Heffernan, Dublin, with two trout for 2.1kgs and in third was Basil Shields, Galway, with two trout for 1.6kgs.
Carrowmore continues to fish very well with twenty-seven salmon caught over the week as well as numerous sea trout. Of the salmon caught, the average weight was approximately 7.5lbs. Pat Foley, Cavan, enjoyed his trip to Carrowmore catching two salmon as did Mervin Corway, Bangor Erris. Michael Noone, also of Bangor Erris had one salmon while Declan Dooley and Rory Murray of Dublin had a total of nine salmon to their boat.
The Lough continues to fish well with twenty-two anglers catching a total of 63 rainbow trout. Robbie Pitman and boat partner, Galway, had nineteen trout releasing eighteen, with their best fish at 4lbs. Cameron Brant and friends (four rods), USA, also had success catching a total of twelve trout with their best at 2.5lbs. The best flies over the week on Ballin Lough were the Clan Chief, Green Peters, Muddlers, Damsels and Nymphs.
The hatches of mayfly on Lough Arrow have now begun to decline. However, the occasional hatch is still bringing some trout to the surface. The Murrough fishing has now begun, with Noel Clinton catching two fine trout of 5lbs and 5.5lbs in the late evening on the Murrough, Peter Lynch also had some success on L.Arrow, catching two trout both over 4lbs.
Water conditions on the Ballisodare system are now very low, however, the fishery is still reporting very good catches with some days producing up to twenty salmon. George Thornsby had a fine fish of 10lbs on the prawn, while fly angler Michael Burke had one of 7lbs. Other anglers to have success on the fly include Stephen Moore with a salmon of 10lbs and John Connolly with a great fish of 14lbs. Roy and Sue Simpson both had success with the worm, with both angler's catching two salmon each.
Bilberry and Lough Lannagh
Bilberry/Lannagh Angling Club will be hosting its 16th annual McConville Cup angling competition on the 9-11 July. The three day event includes two qualification days following which half the anglers will make it through to the final competition day. First prize for the event is the prestigious McConville Cup and a 19ft Angler's Fancy boat. Second and third places will receive outboard engines. The entry fee is €100 and each entrant will also receive a free Airflo fly line. For further details or to enter contact Matt Fahey on 087 2982717 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.