Ireland has a number of great river systems and of these, the Moy, which straddles counties Mayo and Sligo, is one of the most productive. It is approximately one hundred kilometers long and with its extensive tributaries, it drains a catchment of over two thousand square kilometers. The system includes great loughs such as Conn and Cullin but also many small lakes and streams. For much of its course, the Moy flows through pastureland hut the mountains of the watersheds which feed it are almost always in view from its banks. The Nephin Beg range lines the western horizon and the Ox mountains mark the eastern watershed.
The Moy has long been famous as Ireland’s premier Salmon river and it offers a wide variety of quality angling to suit all tastes and budgets. Most of the main Moy channel, and some of its larger tributaries provide excellent spring Salmon and grilse fishingwith both fly and bait. Sea trout are also abundant in the Moy.
The main Moy channel is deep and up to forty meters wide in the middie and lower reaches. Huge numbers of Salmon are landed here each season. The average annual Salmon rod catch on the Moy over the last ten years is a staggering 7,362 fish. The famous Ridge Pool alone has produced up to 2,660 Salmon to rod and line in a single season.
The upper river has a different character and is more akin to a spate river in parts. The fishing here can be superb and the pioneering angler can find excellent Salmon fishing in solitude.
The Moy estuary has large stocks of sea trout, some of which exceed four pounds, and which can be caught on fly and bait. The lower heats around Ballina and Foxford, and some locations on the upper river; also provide good sea trout late in the season.