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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/operators. 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. Most fisheries have a limit on the number of rods let, but all 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 3 miles of double bank fishing from the weir in Ballina to the confluence with the Corroy river. There are some newly developed pools in the Ballina area which are suitable for fly fishing. The remaining 2 ½ miles 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. Catches on this stretch are estimated at approximately 1,000 –2,000 Salmon per season. Seatrout are also regularly caught in this stretch. The number of rods is not limited and permits are available at a very reasonable price from local tackle shops and from the following outlets.

Mrs. Josephine Egan,
3 Barrett Street, Ballina.

Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Ardnaree House, Abbey Street,
Ballina.
Tel: +353 (0)96 21332

Mr. Chris Egan,
Barrett Street, Ballina.

Permits are also available from any of the many fishing tackle shops in Ballina.

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

Mount Falcon

This is one of the best known and most prestigious of the fisheries in this stretch. Mount Falcon Salmon Fishery consists of 2 miles of 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 one-mile beats. Each beat is limited to 6 anglers. 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 guest ghillies can be arranged.

Peak Seasons:

Angling Regulations:

Permits & Information from:

Hotel & Lodge Guests only.

Hotel Phone – 00353 (0)96 74472
Fisheries Manager Mobile – 00353 (0)87 283 1776
Email: info@mountfalconfisheries.com
Web: www.mountfalcon.com

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

The Attymass Fishery

This stretch of river is leased by the Scott Knox-Gore family to the Attymass Anglers Assoc. It consists of 2 separate beats, totaling about 1 ½ miles 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 58151

Mr. Pat Gaughan
Tel: +353 (0)94 58147

Mr. Padraig Hughes
Tel: +353 (0)94 58146

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

The Scott-Knox-Gore Coolcronan Fishery

This fishery is owned and controlled by Mr. William Scott-Knox-Gore. It consists of just over 1 mile 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 and advance booking is required. 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:

Mary Carlisle,
Belgarriff, Foxford,
Co. Mayo
Tel: 094 57055 or 087 2398019

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

Byrnes Fishery

This is a short stretch comprising about ½ mile 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: 086 1600754 

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

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: 094 58287

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

The Scott-Knox Gore (or Rinnaney)Fishery

This water is operated in association with the Foxford Salmon Anglers and consists of 2 ½ miles of single(right) bank. It holds fish throughout the season and is a very productive bait and spinning fishery, which produces in the region of 1,500 Salmon annually.

Permits & Information from:
Tiernan Brothers. Main Street, Foxford
Tel: 094 56731

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

Armstrong Fishery

This water is operated by the Armstrong family and consists of about 1 ½ miles of single bank (left) only. It is primarily a bait and spinning fishery but bubble and fly can be effective when conditions are favorable. It produces 600 – 800 Salmon annually and day tickets are available at a reasonable price.

Permits & Information from:

Mr. George Armstrong/ Mrs. Bridie Armstrong
Tel: 094 56580

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

Beal Easa or Gannons Fishery

This is a section of single bank fishery approximately 1 ½ miles in length. It consists largely of slow bait and spinning water but in low water the fly works well around Morans rocks and further downstream at the two bends. This is quite a productive fishery, with an average annual catch in the region of 700 – 800 fish annually 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: 094 56101

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

The Foxford Fishery

This is a double bank fishery extending from 400 m north of Foxford bridge, downstream for approximately 1 mile. It is a highly productive fishery which has a limited number of rods and must be booked in advance.

Permits & Information from:

Mr. Granville Nesbitt, 53 Ridgepool Rd. Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel: 00353 (0)96 49989 or 00353(0)86 8032350
Email: info@anglingwestireland.com

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

Bakers New Fishery - The Foxford Rocks

This fishery extends for about 400m 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 now has 2 delightful Salmon angling pools suitable for fly-fishing, both for spring Salmon and grilse.

Permits & Information from:

Charles Baker
Tel: 0044 7979596859

Eddie Maloney
Tel: 094 9256475

The Foxford Salmon Anglers Fishery

This fishery consists of double bank fishing from Foxford bridge upstream for about 1 mile and adjoining the Cloongee fishery ½ a mile 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: 094 56731

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

The Cloongee Fishery

The Cloongee Fishery is one of the most prolific fisheries on the River Moy with historical catches up to 800 salmon per season. It is also well known as a fishery that performs well early in the season. It is managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland-Ballina and offers a variety of quality Angling. The Fishery consists of over 3 miles of both double and single bank stretches. It is situated 1.5 miles South of Foxford off the N58 Foxford to Castlebar Road. Permits are available from the 1 February with Multiple Day permits available form the 16th April to the end of season. *½ Day permits are available for the period 16 April to 31 July only. [½ Day 6am to 2pm or 2pm to dark] Permits must be purchased before attending to fish and are available from Tiernan Brothers Tackle Shop, Main St. Foxford.Tel:094-9256731. Email:foxfordangling@eircom.net

See Clongee Fishery Guide 2014 [.doc, 380 kb] for more infomation and pricing.

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Permits & Information from:

Permits must be purchased before attending to fish and are available from Tiernan Brothers Tackle Shop, Main St. Foxford.Tel:094-9256731. Email:foxfordangling@eircom.net

Clongee Fishery Guide 2014 [.doc, 380 kb]

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.