Friday 22/11/2019 Fisheries on the Moy part 2 The Middle Moy

Friday 22/11/2019 Fisheries on the Moy part 2 The Middle Moy

A damp and cool start to the day in Foxford. This weeks article is a little bit on the fisheries on the Middle Moy. On writing this i realise that there’s scope for a lot more detail on each fishery. Limited time just now does not allow for this at the moment. I hope the little bit of Info does help you in some way. I was delighted to see that Fisch and Fang, a top German fishing magazine shared our blog with their 150,000 followers last week, so Thanks to their editor for that. This is a link to a little bit of footage we shot of fish running a tributary of the Moy a couple of weeks ago. We purposely did not share it before now just to give the fish a chance to get up river safely. While visiting a few of these streams It was heartening to see IFI staff were out and about doing their jobs and i can genuinely say that we met them in a few places and they are keeping a good eye on things. Regarding the footage, at the location we shot this the fish filmed are attempting to cross a weir, on the opposite side there is a fish pass and most of the fish run this pass.


The Middle Moy  River Moy

Immediately downstream from Bakers fishery there is a short stretch of water which flows through the town of Foxford and past the woolen mills. Like all parts of the Moy, this stretch has its moments and can fish very well during the summer months. In general the fishing is kept for the locals and we do not sell permit for this part.

The next fishery we encounter is the Foxford fishery. Staring just upstream of Maloneys Lodge, the fishery is managed by Granville Nesbitt and offers private salmon fishing for a maximum of 9 rods along on a 2.5 KM double bank section and a further 12 rods along 1.5 km of single bank. The fishery ends at the start of the Rinnanney fishery on the right bank and Gannons fishery on the left bank.

The Foxford fishery fishes well from March onward and all methods can be used. There are a few very good pools on the fishery including the Nibb which is a well-known spring pool and a place where some of the larger salmon tend to lie, The Poplins, which is one of the better fly pools on the fishery, Gurteen and the Frenchman’s. With two fishing huts, proper styles and well-kept banks The Foxford Fishery is one of the more attractive fisheries on the River Moy. The fishery also offer a Ghillie service. Booking is through Granville Nesbitt on +353 (0)86 803 2350.

For the next few km downstream the fishing on the right and left banks is shared. Starting on the left bank and immediately below the Foxford fishery double bank we have Gannons fishery. Owned and controlled by the Gannon family in Foxford. The fishery consists of approx. 2 km of single bank fishing with a mix of deep channel and some shallower pools. One of the more famous of these pools is at the start of the fishery “Morans rocks”. Morans rocks, a boulder strewn pool is a great pool throughout the season, offering the chance of fish to any method on any day of the season. Without taking the other parts of the fishery into consideration, this pool alone makes it worthwhile. Further downstream from Morans rocks another pool that always offers the chance of a fish is the point. Gannons fishes well from March onwards and can be one of the better fisheries later in the season. Permits are available from Gannons shop and Post office in Foxfrod and Pat Gannon can be contacted on 0862659066

Adjoining the Gannons fishery on the left bank is the Armstrong’s fishery. Operated by the Armstrong family this is a 1.5km stretch of primarily deep channel. Suitable for spin and bait good numbers of salmon are taken here annually. For anyone looking for an easily accessible fishery for spin and bait fishing, Armstrong’s is a good choice. The Armstrong family are friendly and accommodating and always do their best for anglers visiting the fishery

The next fishery downstream of Armstrong’s on the left bank is called “Byrnes”. The fishery is now under the management of Niall Byrne and booking is through Roy Buckley or John Mc Dermot. Approx. 1.5km of channel with depths varying from 1m to 6m. Byrnes is another fishery that at first looks featureless but in fact has a lot of hidden detail. The yellow river pool been one of the better pools especially after a summer flood. Booking through John Mc Dermot on 0876543136 or Roy Buckley on 0876447850


On the right hand bank immediately below the Foxford fishery single bank we have “Rinnanney”. The Rinnanney fishery is the second fishery controlled by Foxford Salmon Anglers. Circa 4.5km in length ending at the confluence of the Moy and Yellow Rivers it consists of primarily deep channel which at a first glance can appear featureless and daunting. However as one gains more knowledge of this piece of water there’s quite a lot going on, submerged boulders, deep channels, sand and gravel banks all create good lies for fish. During the summer months a lot of fish will lie in the deeper pools. Due to the overall depth of the water, steep banks and slow flow this part of the river is not ideal for conventional Fly fishing however bubble and fly can be very productive. Combined with the clubs other fishery “Bakers” it’s a real value for money offering. Four car parks within easy walking distance of the river and an anglers shelter. All legal methods are permitted. Permits are available from our shop


Downstream of these fisheries the fishing is again divided. On the left bank immediately downstream of Byrnes fishery we have Knockmore Salmon angler’s association waters and on the Right bank from the Yellow river we have Attymass anglers. Both clubs share approx. 2 km of water which are divided between upper and lower, with the Coolcronan fishery in the middle. The upper part of both fisheries sharing four named pool, the most famous of which is the Wood pool. The lower parts a further three named pools the best known been Paddens. This part of the river tends to fish better during the summer months and Paddens is well known as a very good pool in the autumn. Spin, worm and prawn are the favored methods but in low water conditions the bubble and fly accounts for good numbers of fish. Both associations have water keepers who sell permits on the bank, permits are also available from some houses close to the river.

The Coolcronan Salmon Fishery offer fishing on Approx 1.5km double bank. Rods are limited and must be booked through the Fishery manager. Over the past number of years a lot of work has been done on the fishery to improve access and generally enhance the angling experience. The fishery offers a Ghillie and boat service. With twelve named Pools Coolcronan fishes well throughout the summer months. All legal methods are permitted and all take fish at various stages. Booking through the fishery manager Nick Cousins on 083 8344114. Below Coolcronan we have the Mount Falcon Fisheries.

                                                                                              “The Rinnanney Bends”






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