Height at Ballylahan bridge 0.40m
Yesterdays showers have held levels and even though levels are on the low side there is still a fair bit of peat stain. Anglers up and down the country are hoping the rain forecast will materialize today and tomorrow to get the salmon season back on track. Up to 50 mm is forecast, which should produce the long awaited flood. I will up date around 10 pm.
Anglers on the upper Moy will be glad to see the back of July. It began with promise as the main run of grilse was getting underway but turned out to be a poor month with the excessive heat and low warm water. Most local anglers including myself hung up the salmon rod after the first week and the river was only fished by a few visiting anglers. A few fish were caught but fishing in 28- 30°c was not for most anglers. I’m looking forward to getting back to fishing for salmon again, and along with the Moy I hope to fish a few other rivers including the Erriff and Glenamoy, water permitting!
The fly only stretch, East Mayo Anglers Association.
Update 10 pm
The river has just started to rise again after today’s rain (14mm at Oldcastle) and is at 0.48m. There is a lot more rain forecast overnight and into tomorrow, so the chances are we will have a rising dirty river in the morning.
Height at Ballylahan bridge 0.38m
The rise we had yesterday has fallen away steadily overnight and probably wont t have much impact on fishing. I heard of a couple caught yesterday on worm, with nothing fresh reported. A few of the anglers were saying that fish were taking the worms but dropping them again, these were probably stale fish.
There has been some heavy showery rain already this morning and this might get the river creeping up this afternoon or evening. All hopes for a decent flood are pinned on the latest forecast which is saying that rain will push up over the region on Wednesday and Thursday. It is going to take a flood to move the fish up from the estuary, where reports suggest there is a good build up of fish.
Looking upstream of Cloongullaun bridge, early July.
Height at Ballylahan bridge 0.30m
The Ox mountains received a couple of direct hits from thundery downpours yesterday evening and these will start to show shortly with levels rising. It won’t be a big rise but I expect it will get dirty. Shower activity has started already this morning and there could be good water in the river tomorrow. Just be aware that if we do get a flood it will be filthy and take some time to clear. I will update around 10 pm.
Yesterday afternoon I had a drive around most of the fishery to see if anything was happening. I didn’t get speaking to any anglers because the place was deserted! It felt as though the season was over, as local and visiting anglers await a flood before hitting the river again.
Storm clouds gathering over Oldcastle yesterday evening.
Update 10 pm
The river peaked early this afternoon at 0.64m and was dirty. It has already fallen to 0.50m and unless there is a heavy shower or two in the mountains overnight, there won’t be much of this rise left by morning.
Height at Ballylahan bridge 0.31m
Isolated heavy showers yesterday evening have kept a bit of fresh water in the river but it is still at low summer level. Almost a week has past since the break down in the weather but in reality the Moy catchment has not seen much of a change. Temperatures have remained a degree or two above normal and we have missed the bulk of the thunderstorms. This weeks forecast is more promising for a flood. There are heavy showers forecast from today until Tuesday and then more general and widespread rain due on Wednesday.
Looking down from Cloongullaun bridge in early July
Height at Ballylahan bridge 0.28m
We had several heavy downpours late yesterday evening and I would expect some fresh water to come into the river in the afternoon. Unfortunately we have still not received rain throughout the catchment, and the wait for a flood goes on. Widespread heavy showers and thunderstorms are forecast for today, so we might get lucky.
There are very few anglers fishing EMAA at the moment and I have just heard of a few catches. Personally I will wait until the river has received a good flush out and hopefully some fresh fish before going salmon fishing on the Moy again. The first proper flood when it comes will be filthy, as a lot of slime and dirt has built up on the river bed after the prolonged dry spell. I will update around 10 pm if there is any major change to levels.
Approaching storm , at Lough Cullin recently.