Winter so far.
It has been an unusually dry autumn and winter so far in the west of Ireland, with rainfall running around 50- 60 percent of the long term average. There have been a number of floods but nothing remotely close to the bank topping torrents of last year.
Salmon have been moving into the spawning tributaries since October and have spread throughout the catchment. Going by reports, there seems to have been a reasonable spawning season with the main activity occurring around the last week in December up to 10th January.
I observed some good spawning in Ballintemple and Oldcastle, with some late spawning still going on. I noticed a lot more carcasses around this year but I would put this down to the long periods of lower than usual levels.
Moy Catchment Association
There is more information on the recently formed association here .