The Fish And The Waters

River Moy Estuary Sea Trout Fishing

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With its spectacular back drop of Bartra Island and the water so clear, very much like the tropical bone flats as the Sea trout are bars of bright Silver and blend into their environment they can be taken on the fly bait or spinning, Mayo angling provides a fast safe 17 ft Dory and all the tackle and bait you will need .

I must mention the pike fishing which is very good here in Co. Mayo, there are two lakes, Derryhick and Levally which hold big stocks of Pike and Perch, and fly fishing for them can be very exciting, for this you would need a stiff fly rod. I can supply the flies. Fishing from a boat is the best method.

The East Mayo section of the River Moy, Swinford Angler’s Association. Water is a very extensive fishery of about 8 miles, permits are available on a daily or weekly basis at the modest charge, it offers some of the best fly water on all the River Moy, part of which is fly only, wading is necessary and can be difficult. The Moy Estuary has to be mentioned for fishing the hard fighting sea trout, mostly finnock (young seatrout) some up to 3lbs or better. Boats can be arranged to avail of this.

Loughs Conn and Cullen the main wild trout lakes in the area, with the beautiful Nephin Mountain as a backdrop. April, May and June in particular can be very good on Lough Conn and Cullen and both wet fly and dry fly can be used. Later in the season many fly are present, perch and roach imitations such as Alexandra, Cats Whiskers, Dunkeld, Baby Doll, in 8-12 sizes are suitable. Also at this time of the year sedges and emerging patterns work well. In general Lake Olives imitations, Buzzers and terrestrials such as Daddy Long Legs can be used at any time.

Lough Conn has a tremendous run of salmon and grilse, the best holding water is shallow and perfect for the wet fly, this makes for very exciting fishing as you never know what you are going to connect with, particularly at this time of the year. There are some excellent hill Loughs with good stocks of trout set in magnificent scenery. A number of tributaries of the Moy hold good stocks of brown trout and offer good support with dry or nymph. “