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'Extraordinary' Salmon Angling on the River Moy

13th July 2012
'Extraordinary' Salmon Angling on the River Moy

#ANGLING - Mayo Today reports an extraordinary week of angling on the River Moy, with more than 800 salmon caught.

The best sport on the river was on the East Mayo Anglers' water, where an impressive 179 salmon were snagged on worm, spinner and fly.

The fly catch was particularly good, with visiting anglers Michael O'Kane and John McGinn landing fish of more than 10lbs each.

It marked a second week of great fishing in the region prompted by the persistent rains since June, with the previous week's total nearing 700 on the River Moy alone - the best possible welcome for the visit by Canadian Ambassador to Ireland (and keen Atlantic salmon fly fisherman) Loyola Hearn.

Meanwhile, on the nearby Ballisadore River the fishing was almost as good, with 225 salmon caught during the week.

Topping the catch on that short stretch of water is surely the 15lb monster salmon landed by fishery manager Dermot Glennon taken with shrimp bait.

The situation is very good news in a summer that's seen some concern over salmon stocks in Ireland's rivers.

As reported on Afloat.ie just last month, it was annonced that voluntary conservation measures were being put in place on the Foyle system for the current angling season in response to a "worrying fall" in wild salmon numbers.

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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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