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Fishery News & Reports

Fishery News & Reports


A few short-lived floods during the month had a positive effect on angling, and August turned out to be our most productive month on the Moy to date. This was despite a number of days being lost due to the colour of the water. In total Mount Falcon guests caught 160 salmon and grilse on our private stretch of the Moy. During the first week regular guests the Jordan family from England had 22 fish for 5 day angling. On one of the days, all 3 generations, Nicol (82) his son Diccon (pictured left) and grandson Craig all banked salmon. The largest fish a 10lb salmon was landed on the Wall Pool by Craig.

The Whitwell party from Lancashire had a quiet start to their week but still managed to catch 28 salmon between 5 anglers in their 6 days fishing. On the 8th 72 year old Martain O'Chongaile on his first outing salmon fishing caught a grilse of around 5lb, this was followed up the next day with a 7lb fish caught in low water conditions from the Wall Pool. The following day John Maloney (84) took a similar sized salmon again from the Wall Pool. Northern Ireland guests George Bingham and son Andy (pictured) had a successful few days at Mount Falcon with Andy catching his first salmon. In total they had 6 fish including a 7 lb and 8lb fish.

On their second visit to Mount Falcon this year Mr & Mrs Bolton and Mr & Mrs Hart from Lancashire England had 17 fish for 3 days fishing. These included first fish for both the ladies. The majority of the fish were taken on bubble and fly.

Dr Terrence Bradley (N. Ireland) a regular guest to Mount Falcon showed that even in extremely low water conditions that fish could be still be taken on fly, by extracting a grilse from the Wall Pool on a skated tube. Over the last weekend of the month the McIntyre party of 3 anglers’ winners of a complementary stay through a radio competition enjoyed excellent fishing catching 16 salmon in 2 days.

On the 24th August the Irish Open Spey Casting Competition was held on the Moy at Foxford as part of The Foxford River Festival. The competition was held to international standards for 15’ rods, the casters wading with a 40o angle change to the cast. We are delighted that Mount Falcon Ghillie Michael O’Kane was overall champion with a cast of 151’, 6’ further than the runner up.

Michael is only 22 years old and has been working with us for the last 2 years. If you are a complete beginner or want to brush-up on your Spey Casting we can arrange a lesson.

Prospects for September – The flood at the end of the August saw a dramatic improvement in the fishing with resident fish coming on the take, it was also good to see fresh sea-liced fish also being caught. We are hopeful this will continue through September. For more information or booking enquiries please contact our Fishery Manager Stuart Price at or contact the hotel at 09674472.

NB During September are only permitted to take one salmon (catch and release can be practiced after a fish is killed)