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Ballintemple Fishery and East Mayo Anglers Association

Season: Feb 1st - Sept. 30th

The Ballintemple fishery comprises 2 miles of single bank fishing on the main Moy channel extending downstream from Cloongullaun Br. on the Foxford - Swinford road to the angling club car park at Oldcastle. Anglers with permits for Ballintemple may use this car park. The river in this stretch was formerly rather shallow and streamy, and while it was nice fly water, it only fished well in flood conditions. A development plan which was completed in May ’99 has created new pools and although much of the fishery’s streamy character has been retained, deep pools in the riverbed will hold fish even in low water conditions.

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The East Mayo Anglers Association (EMAA) lease approximately 8 miles of double bank fishing from the State making it the most extensive stretch of Salmon angling available on the Moy. It extends from approximately one mile upstream of the confluence with the cross river to the confluence with the Killeen river on the left bank and from a point approximately a mile and a half downstream of Ballylahan bridge to on the right bank. Best access points are Ballylahan Bridge and along the road which runs from Scarrownageragh Br. on the Gweestion R. To Cloongullaun Br. 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.

Fishing for spring Salmon begins in late March and depending on water levels, can carry on well into May and reports of up to forty spring Salmon per week on this stretch are not uncommon.

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. Favorite 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

Bolands Lounge ,
Co. Mayo
Tel: (094) 9256221 or (094) 9251149

Moy Fishery Tariffs [.pdf, 175KB]

Angling is free on the Upper Moy