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River Moy - Ireland - beat permit? Ghillie?

Hi All,

I'm going back to Sligo, Ireland this coming July for 2 weeks. It's short 30 minute drive to Ballina and the Rivery Moy. This time I'm bringing my spey rod (or single hand rod).

I've found a few sites advertising ghillie services and fly tackle. However, just about all the sites are non-functional now (recession related?).

I'm about to email a bunch of ghillie's but I was just hoping to build my knowledge before I talk with them.

Questions I'd love to know...

1) How do I go about acquiring a beat permit for the Ridge Pool?
2) Is it suggested I use a ghillie on the River Moy (in Ballina or elsewhere)
3) What is the going rate for a ghillie and beat permit on the Ridge Pool or other prime waters?
4) What should my expecations be for size and numbers? (July 21--31)
5) Other suggested places to fish in County Sligo or Mayo?

Update: I can't seem to get a hold of the Ballina Angling Centre. Has it gone under?

Many thanks in advance,
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Hi All,

I'm going back to Sligo, Ireland this coming July for 2 weeks. It's short 30 minute drive to Ballina and the Rivery Moy. This time I'm bringing my spey rod (or single hand rod).

I've found a few sites advertising ghillie services and fly tackle. However, just about all the sites are non-functional now (recession related?).

I'm about to email a bunch of ghillie's but I was just hoping to build my knowledge before I talk with them.

Questions I'd love to know...

1) How do I go about acquiring a beat permit for the Ridge Pool?
2) Is it suggested I use a ghillie on the River Moy (in Ballina or elsewhere)
3) What is the going rate for a ghillie and beat permit on the Ridge Pool or other prime waters?
4) What should my expecations be for size and numbers? (July 21--31)
5) Other suggested places to fish in County Sligo or Mayo?

Update: I can't seem to get a hold of the Ballina Angling Centre. Has it gone under?

Many thanks in advance,
Preston
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Great trip Preston, I was there during the Easter-weekend... great waters and great folk overthere.

I would strongly recommend to use a gilly and the best I know is Paddy McDonnell. There isn't a fishing spot he doesn't know. He will probably take you to better water than the Ridgepool only... There are some beautiful other places with very good chances of taking salmon and you'll pay less...

He will provide you with all you need... permits, flies and even tackle if needed... Take a look at his website... http://www.moyflyfishing.com/index.html his contact info is on it...

And have fun!
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Contact Robert Gillespie, you can't go wrong with him to guide you.

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There are a lot of different beats on the Moy, which are very cheap to fish, the Ridge Pool and Cathedral Pool are not the be all and end all of the Moy. You will have a great experience.
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Hi Preston,

Hope I can help you a little.

1) How do I go about acquiring a beat permit for the Ridge Pool?
2) Is it suggested I use a ghillie on the River Moy (in Ballina or elsewhere)
3) What is the going rate for a ghillie and beat permit on the Ridge Pool or other prime waters?
4) What should my expecations be for size and numbers? (July 21--31)
5) Other suggested places to fish in County Sligo or Mayo?

1)You need to prebook your days on the Ridge Pool usualy early that year with the IFI the irish fisheries who control it.
2)Gillies will deff increase your chances but not completely necessary as locals will keep you right.
3)You would not need a gillie on the ridge as fisheries are there 24/7 and will keep you right.Its about 100 euro a day for a guide.
4)July will see the main run of grilse average about 4-7lbs and would be prolific in the right conditions but never guaranteed.
5)In Sligo Ballisodare is a prolific river and easy to get a ticket I fish it regularly and can advise you closer to the date if its fishing well, Easkey is also in Sligo and starts its runs in July. You then have Drowes in County Leitrim 30 mins away which is a stunning fly fishing river. Then County Mayo has the Moy, Owenmore then all the Loughs Conn , Carrowmore , Cullin and loads loads more!

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The Moy can get high and fast - fast , A good guide can get you on to other local and sometimes private water when conditions require. My thoughts, unless you are experienced with the water, tackle and techniques, a good guide is not a cost - its an investment, part of the cost of the trip.

from personal experience I don't think you can do better than giving Paddy a call. Great guy and really knows how to do it and where.

http://www.moyflyfishing.com/

or speaking of Robert Gillespie-(his link to Paddy)

http://www.robertgillespie.net/page2/page2.html

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Thanks everyone. More thoughts are appreciated.

I've contacted both the NW fisheries for a permit and emailed Paddy.

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