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First salmon of the season on the Moy, and Currane

First salmon of the season on the Moy, and Currane

Mark Knowles, fishing with his gillie Dominic McGillicuddy, caught the first salmon on the fly from Lough Currane this season (see photo above). Mark's fish weighted 10lb. Two days later Mark caught a "lightening fresh" 6lb salmon again on the fly.

Also, for the second time in three years, Ballina native Martin Conroy has hooked and landed the first fresh run salmon of the season on the Moy system. This is the earliest date the ‘first fish’ has been reported for a long number of years. The fish was caught today at approximately 9.30am just upstream of the newly refurbished  weirs in the Ballina Salmon Anglers' water. The salmon was surprisingly small for the time of year; at approximately 3lb.

Meanwhile, the trout fishing appears to be picking up on Lough Melvin, due in great part to good hatches of buzzers on the milder days. The best of the hatches seemed to be in the late afternoon or early evening around 5 pm. Lough Mask remained in top form again this week with some excellent bags reported. Reports describe the fishing as "extremely lively" for this time of year with plenty of well-conditioned small trout freely taking the fly.

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