The River Moy
The Moy rises at the foot of the Ox Mountains in County Sligo and flows approximately 110 km (68 miles) in a south westerly direction passing into County Mayo before turning north and flowing through the town of Ballina until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Killala Bay. The brown trout (Salmo trutta) or Breac Donn (Gaelic) is a native Irish species and the most widely distributed freshwater fish in Ireland. It thrives in waters of all types, from small mountain streams to broad limestone rivers and loughs. It’s main requirements are clean water and gravel in which to spawn.
Trout Fly Fishing in Lough Talt and Lough Easkey
Lough Talt is a very picturesque lake of about 200 acres located in the foothills of the Ox mountains. The R294 Ballina – Tubbercurry road runs right along the northeast shoreline, making is easily accessible. Boats can be launched from the jetty just of the road. It can also be fished from the shore, which is solid and accessible. The trout here range from ¼ – ¾ lbs with the occasional pounder. They are free rising and numerous, making it an ideal location for the young or inexperienced angler.
Lough Easky lies high in the Ox Mountains in Co. Sligo and is over 100 acres in area
The lough lies along the road which runs across the mountain from Dromore West on the Sligo-Ballina road to Mullaney’s Cross on the Cloonacool-Ballina road. There is no boat, but there is plenty of shore fishing and the safest place to fish is along the road on the east side. However, many consider that the west side gives by far the better fishing, though the walking is difficult and even dangerous in places. The brown trout are small – about three to the pound – but free-rishing, and the seatrout that get up there about August average ¾lb with some better fish. Some anglers claim that the lough holds a stock of large ferox trout, but none has ever been caught. What these anglers saw humping in the ripple were most likely salmon which enter the lough in high water and can be taken on fly or spinner at the mouth of the river which enters at the south-east corner.
Season: February 15th to September 30th
Methods: All legal methods are permitted, but wetfly fishing appears to be most productive. Favorite flies include, Black pennell, Bibio, Claret & Mallard, Sooty olive, Connemara black, Daddy and Green peter, all in sizes 10 – 12.
Deep Sea, Reef, Sand Angling and Blue Shark Fishing
Takes place between the months of August and October.
Sligo Bay provides good varied ground for about 30+ species being caught including mackerel, pollack, coalfish, red, grey and tub gurnard, ballan and cuckoo wrasse, dogfish, cod, pouting, whiting, ling, ray, plaice, sole, skate, tope and blue shark. Trips can either visit the local reefs and fishing marks, drift for game or anchor on some of the local sandbanks to try for something different like tope or flatties!!
- Group and individual rates for full day, half day and evening trips.
- Large parties can be accommodated by splitting groups between local boats.
- Reduced rates for children.
- The various tackles, lures and equipment required for each species are available for hire on board (Shark rods and reels at extra cost).
For bookings and contact details: Ewing Sea Angling & Boat Charters, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.
Tel No: +353 86 891 3618
Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing
With a huge network of rivers and loughs, Ireland is the one of the few last refuges for wild salmon and sea trout attracting anglers back year after year. Salmon and sea trout anglers can use a wide range of methods including, bait, spinning and fly fishing to pursue their quarry.
- Inland Fisheries Ireland reserves the right to change or introduce regulations and revise tariffs without notice.
- All anglers must be in possession of a current state salmon rod licence, tags and log book when fishing.
- Permits must be purchased before fishing.
- Failure to produce your licence and permit (2 & £) on demand may lead to an on the spot fine or prosecution.
- Permits are not refundable or transferable (Named angler only).
- All anglers are required to make a catch/no catch/return on the form provided with their permit and place in the catch return box after fishing or return to Tiernan Brothers.
- The use of prawn/shrimp as bait is strictly prohibited.
- All anglers must access the fishery at designated access points only. Keep to th river bank, use stiles and paths and must not park in front of gates, leave gates open, cause damage, discard litter, fishing lines or hooks.
- All anglers are required to keep a respectable distance from the next angler and fish pools in rotation.
- Juveniles must be accompanied on the fishery by an adult with a valid permit.
- Fishing restricted to the hours 6 am to dark (Daylight Hours Only)
- Fishing off the railway bridge is strictly prohibited.
- Only one salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40 cm) may be retained on a one day licence.
N.B. All anglers must be in possession of a current state salmon rod licence, tags and a log book when fishing. Failure to produce these on demand may lead to an on the spot fine or prosecution. Licences may be purchased from Inland Fisheries Ireland or from local tackle shops.
Nearest Tackle shop for Fishing Licenses, Permits and Equipment from Haggart Lodge is:
Angling Centre & Fishing Tackle Suppliers,
Tel No: +353 (0)94 92 56731
Licence Type: Price:
A – (Annual) ….. 100.00 euro
B – (District) ….. 56.00 euro
R – (21 Day)…….. 40.00 euro
P – (Juvenile)…….10.00 euro
S – (One Day)……. 20.00 euro
When fishing our bog rivers and lakes, a good pair of rubber knee-high or hip boots or waders are essential. We also recommend a good rain jacket and warm sweater on wet or windy days. Polarized fishing glasses and a hat are required for both safety and better visibility. Lough fishing requires warm clothing, raingear, a hat and fishing glasses.
The ghillie will provide the legally required life jacket. We also recommend taking a warm sweater or fleece in the event the wind kicks up, which is very likely.
For further information check out the Inland Fisheries of Ireland
website www.fishinginireland.info or contact their offices located in Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Inland Fisheries Ireland –
Tel No: +353 96 227 88
To get the best of the fishing on the loughs one needs a boat to cover them properly and the services of an angling guide are invaluable. For example Lough Corrib is 27 miles long and 6.3 miles wide at its widest point, with a surface area of some 70 sq miles. It would take several life times to fully familiarise yourself with this area of water. Guides and boat hire are available . Contact Tiernans in foxford for further information on boat hire.
Climate and Weather Forecasts
Ireland has a temperate climate, with rain falling throughout the year. As a rule of thumb, the further west one goes the wetter it gets. This rainfall leads to excellent conditions for salmon and sea trout but also means that the angler should pay close attention to local weather forecasts prior to fishing. At all times the fishing will depend to some extent on prevailing weather, water levels, barometric pressure and temperature. Most Irish rivers and loughs are subject to seasonal rhythms of high and low water. The high winds of spring and autumn can render boat fishing on the bigger loughs unsafe for short periods. If going afloat on one of the large Irish loughs it is essential to get a weather forecast and plan the day accordingly.
For uptodate weather information check out:
Met Eireann Weaterdial Services ( Premium rates apply)
West and Northwest of Ireland dial 1550 123 852
In the interest of safety, anglers are advised to take special care when fishing. The following guidelines should be adhered to at all times. Whether bank fishing, wading or fishing from a boat, anglers should always wear a Personal Flotation Device. Anglers should take care on slippery banks and rocks. Use a wading staff for support and for locating hidden hazards. Care should be taken when casting, particularly when back casting.
For further information on any of the above please contact Maeve at Haggart Lodge.
Accommodation packages available for Anglers,
Bed, Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Evening Meal.