Whatever your choice of fish or preferred method of fishing, County Mayo with its many lakes and rivers is guaranteed to satisfy all tastes.
Expert advice from professional ghillies will ensure your fishing trip is rewarding and enjoyable.
From The Lodge we can organise your complete fishing package - just let us know what you require.
1st February to 30th September
The River Moy with a catchment area of 2080 Km2, is Irelands most prolific game fishery with an annual rod catch of over 8000 salmon over the last five years.
The main Moy channel is up to 40m wide in places comprises a variety of private and association waters to suit all anglers (bait, spinning and fly fishing).
The Moy has long been famous as Ireland's premier Salmon river and it offers a wide variety of quality angling to suit all tastes and budgets. Most of the main Moy channel, and some of its larger tributaries provide excellent spring Salmon and grilse fishing with both fly and bait. Sea trout are also abundant in the Moy.
Although the region is known for its prolific runs of salmon and brown trout, there has been a huge increase in the demand for catching pike. The local tackle shops now stock specialist pike equipment, dead baits, lures, forceps, and othe pike fishing equipment needed.
The Moy valley has many small and large lakes holding good stocks of pike which include Derryhick, Levally, Lakelands, Washpool and Carrowmore lakes.
Lake boats can be hired locally and pike angling guides are also available.
For further information contact Paddy McDonnell. Tel: (353) 87 4123235
1st February to 15th October
Lough Conn is one of Irelands premier brown trout lough fisheries with an area of over 14,000 acres. The lake is noted for its free-rising trout and is a favourite venue for anglers from all over the world.
Lough Cullen can fish well from early April onwards with small black fly patterns. The cream of angling is to be had during the prolific mayfly hatch which begins from early to mid May onwards and hatch in good numbers up to the middle of August.
FOXFORD SALMON ANGLERS
The Foxford Salmon Anglers Club is dedicated to promoting Salmon fishing in the Foxford area. It's aim is to keep fishing affordable for local anglers and visiting anglers.
Angling report – w/e 29/30th September 2017
Salmon Angling, River Moy: Foxford Salmon Anglers
The final report of the Season coming a little late but I wanted to present to you the stats for this year as well as last weeks report. We had 53 Salmon reported for the week with 9 fish released. The last few days taking most of the fish. The total number of fish reported for Foxford Salmon Anglers Water was 1210 for the Season. Wishing you all a Happy & Peaceful Autumn & Winter and Hopefully Foxford will see you all next year.
Tight Lines to you all.
Angling report – w/e 23/24th September 2017
Salmon Angling, River Moy: Foxford Salmon Anglers
25 Salmon for the week, 5 of them released. The final Angling report this coming Saturday as the end of the 2017 Season comes to a close.
Tight Lines and hope you can get in a Last Cast! Please Like & Share, Thank you.
Angling report – w/e 16/17th September 2017
Salmon Angling, River Moy: Foxford Salmon Anglers
The week started with yet another flood. Thankfully the river is on the turn now for the past few days. We managed 21 Salmon for the week PLUS 6 Salmon Returned.... So 27 fish for the week, reported from Foxford Salmon Anglers Water.
Congratulations to Ronnie Mc ILveen for winning the Waterkeepers Cup on Saturday 16th with a fish just over 4lbs.
The Club donated 500 euro during the year to help build a Swift Tower at the Foxford National School. As this was a children's School project the Foxford Salmon Anglers were happy to be involved. The Swift Tower was officially opening on Friday 15th September. So hopefully the Tower which has an electronic Swift Caller installed and powered by a Solar Panel will attract new birds and new life.
With 12 days remaining before the Season closes, it is time for the FINAL LAST CAST. September is a Voluntary Catch & Release Month with One fish allowed per day.
Your Liking & Sharing throughout the Season has boosted Angling numbers for Foxford which results in more fish being Reported. Liking and Sharing is good for Tourism and Foxford Businesses. Thank you. Tight Lines.
THE FOXFORD FISHERY
The Foxford Fishery is located a stone’s throw from the beautiful village of Foxford, County Mayo and offers some of the best private salmon fishing available on the prolific River Moy.
The Foxford Fishery offers exclusive fishing for a maximum of 9 rods along a 2.5 KM, double bank section and a further 12 rods along 1.5KM of single bank fishing of The Moy. The Foxford Fishery is one of the most attractive fisheries on the River Moy.
The character of the main pools on the fishery varies from shallow riffles to sweeping bends, deep holding pools and classic glides. The Banks are well maintained and offer good access to a multitude of vantage points along the beat. There are two modern, well appointed, fishing huts and a choice of seats and stiles to provide a relaxing & enjoyable experience.
Further information can be found on this website, or directly from the Fishery Manager, Granville Nesbitt on +353 (0)86 803 2350.
With a five year average that is well in excess of 800 fish per season, the Cloongee Fishery is one of the most prolific beats on the famous River Moy. It is also one of the largest and most varied and definitely enjoys the best of the views and scenery of this picturesque area. This is salmon fishing as it should be.
The Fishery lies one mile upstream from Foxford and extends over 3 miles of the River Moy. Most of the Lake River, that links the Moy to Lough Cullin and Conn, is also part of the Fishery (see map). In total, there is over 5 miles of river bank to choose from, including the double and single bank stretches.
The River Easkey is spate river of some 12 miles, which flows out of Lough Easkey, high in the Ox Mountains of Counties Sligo and Mayo. The River flows North, ducking beneath the N59, Sligo to Ballina road at Workhouse Bridge, and on into the sea at the village of Easkey.
The upper part of the river above the Workhouse Bridge, ambles though both mountain bog and rough pastureland. Here the Easkey is full of lovely streams and pools, perfect for the fly. Below the bridge the river cuts through a few limestone gorges and some beautiful wooded areas.
The Easkey is primarily a Salmon River but also gets a decent run of Sea Trout, starting in June. The Grilse run starts from early June and fish continue running right through the end of the season. The river also gets a good few good autumn fish to 15 lb. On the lower part of the river (below Workhouse Bridge) the fishing is free from the Easkey Bridge (in the village) down to the sea. This stretch has some nice pools for both bait and fly fishing. From the Easkey Bridge up to the Workhouse Bridge, is privately managed by the Fortland Fishery. The upper river, above the Workhouse Bridge, is considered free, with access at the discretion of the local landowners.
EAST MAYO ANGLERS
The East Mayo Anglers’ Association is located only 10 minutes from Ireland West Airport Knockand offers over 9 miles of prime fishing water. The fishery starts at Cloongullane Bridge flowing down river to Oldcastle, Meelick Swinford and continues until the right hand bank at Clongee Fishery, outside Foxford and the left hand bank at the drain with McHales.
This stretch of water incorporates some of the finest fly fishing runs and natural holding pools on the system and offers a variety of fishing to the angler, including fly, spinning and worming.
The season on the Moy runs from the 1st February to the 30th September.
February – May (Peak Spring fishing – April / May)
June – August (Peak Summer fishing – Mid June)
August – September (Peak Autumn fishing – Mid September
If fishing is not your thing, Mayo has plenty more to offer. Feel free to ask us for more information on any of the below and we would be happy to offer our advice.
For those of you who are interested in history there are a number of museums and historical trails you can visit.
Situated on the River Moy, the picturesque town of Foxford has established an excellent reputation as a tourist centre. Nestling between the Ox and Nephin mountains Foxford is the ideal location for a relaxing, stress free break away from the routines of working life. There are a number of loop walks in the area and they all vary in distance and difficulty.
All walks can be found at the following link:
FOXFORD WOOLEN MILLS
The Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre was opened in May 1992. The Visitor Centre informs us of the story of a remarkable nun, Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard (1842-1932), who established the Foxford Woollen Mills in 1892 and altered the town and district. Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard made Foxford synonymous throughout the world with excellent quality tweeds, blankets and rugs. Her story can be heard in the centre using an ingenious three-dimensional audio-visual presentation including animated life-size models (including ‘talking people’) in authentic settings.
The Woolen Mills boast a beautiful shop and cafe which is certainly worth a visit when in Foxford. Here you can purchase skillfully woven blankets, scarves and many more hand crafted products.
MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE
The Museum of Country Life and Turlough House is a short drive from Foxford. With exhibitions spread over four floors, see how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s.
The award-winning Museum of Country Life is also home to the National Folklife Collection.
Interactive displays and screens, actual video footage of traditions we are fast losing are featured alongside handcrafted harvest knots, wickerwork, spinning wheels and boats, clothing and artefacts from the islands and hand operated machinery our grandparents used.