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Fishery News & Reports


Fishing was slow during the first week of the month with 11 salmon caught. Angling journalist and tv presenter Nick Fisher managed to catch 2 fish (5lb & 7lb) during his short visit.

The next week saw a slight improvement with 13 fish taken. The Gifford party enjoyed good sport with Mike, his son, and his 92 year old father all catching salmon. The award for the most unusual catch of the week must go to hotel receptionist Veronica Curry who caught a specimen brown trout weighing 5lb 4oz from Mount Falcon’s Sandy Bank Pool. Unfortunately this magnificent fish was deeply hooked and could not be returned. This is the largest fish from our stretch of the Moy in living memory, the previous largest was a fish weighing 33/4 lb taken in Mrs Aldridge’s time.

The 3rd week in September saw a rise in water level and with it a rise in the number of fish taken, in all 66 fish were caught (23 on the 16th). Mr & Mrs Federico Moscardo (Spain) both caught salmon. The Billy Youle party (N.I.) had some exceptional fishing, mainly on shrimp. The vast majority of the fish were returned. Mark Gessink (Holland) took time out from fishing the Moy and had a bumper day on Carramore catching 3 salmon (largest 9lb), and 2 seatrout (all fish released).

The last full week of the season saw father and son team Bill and Kevin Robertson take 6 fish over 3 days. Others enjoying success included Georg Steiner (Switzerland) who had 4 salmon.

Over the last 3 days of the month 20 fish were taken. Amongst the successful anglers were 3 generations of the Martin family. The last day of the season saw a 6lb fish taken on fly from Connor’s Gap by Mount Falcon regular Mr Roger English.

The total for September was 136.

High water throughout the final months meant that a number of normally productive pools unfishable for a significant amount of time and this had a knock on affect, despite this the annual total was 451 salmon.