Ballina's Salmon Secrets
Much of North Mayo is drained by the world famous River Moy and its tributaries which comprise Ireland's most prolific salmon angling waters. This magnificent river has produced over 7000 salmon to the rod . The Moy offers a wide variety of opportunities for fishing in ballina including top class fly water, spinning and worming is available to suit all tastes and budgets. The importance of the region for fishing is under pinned by the great lakes Lough Conn & Arrow that yield brown trout, whilst sea angling is popular in Killala bay. The Moy Estuary is excellent for sea trout. There are many beats on the Moy to suit all angling preferences and budgets.
Imagine your ideal fishing break - peaceful natural environments with well-stocked lakes and rivers, majestic scenery and the finest accommodation waiting for you at the end of a satisfying day.
Whether your passion is fly or bait fishing in fresh or saltwater, you’ll find plenty of opportunities around Ballina. After a long day on the lakes, return and retire in comfortable accommodation at the Downhill House Hotel.
And should you catch a fish, we will store your fish for you, until your ready to take it home with you.
Don't forget, Ballina also has the renowned Clarke's Salmon Smokery
, with over 60 years of creating delicious smoked salmon, Clarkes can smoke your Salmon for you! and then you can bring your Salmon home to its final destination!
Want to try Fishing?
And even if you have NO Experience, if you are a complete beginner and fishing novice, we can help you prepare for a days fishing, with our 'Beginner Fisher Person' package. You may have no experience of holding a rod, but we can help you get started. Stay with us for two nights, with full Irish breakfast each morning, and enjoy a days fishing on the River Moy; day licence, equipment and a packed lunch for your day out, an evening meal on your night of choice for €179pp. Click on Beginner Fishing to book your package, or contact our Fishing co-ordinator to learn more about what is available to YOU!
Fish for salmon and trout in crystal-clear lakes and the famous River Moys or hire the services of a ghillie, (we can put you in touch with experienced ghillies) and go boat fishing for the day. Buy the kids their first rod and teach them how to fish for themselves.
Information on the World Famous River Moy, Ballina, Salmon Capital of Ireland
Season - February 1st – September 30th.
Book the Moy Fishery
River Moy Fisheries
All legal methods are permitted on the Moy, but anglers are requested to check with ghillies and owners to confirm local rules.
Flies For the Moy
Thunder and Lightning, Bann Special, Ballina Grey, Foxford Shrimp, Ally’s Shrimp (yellow or Orange) Silver Stoat, Gary Dog, Yellow Thunderflash, Silver Wilkinson’s.
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.
Inland Fisheries Ireland - Ballina
Ballina, Co Mayo,
Fax: +353 96 70543