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Mount Falcon Salmon Fishery Report 2009.

First Fish Caught                        3nd May
Total Fish Caught                        543
Number of Fish Returned             233
Largest Fish                                13.08 ounce
Best Month (Total Fish)                July – 212 – Salmon Caught 

Upper Beat Total                      369 Salmon                                        Lower Beat Total          174 Salmon
Wall Pool                                    97 Salmon                                            Cunninghams                 90 Salmon
High Bank                                  41 Salmon                                             Dugout                          38 Salmon
Sandy Bank                               75 Salmon                                             Boat Hole                       13 Salmon
Connors Gap                              59 Salmon                                             Stumps                         26 Salmon
Ditches                                      21 Salmon                                             Ledges                            7 Salmon
Wall Pool Straight                       56 Salmon
Apple Garden                             20 Salmon


The 2009 season will be again remembered for the unprecedented high summer water levels just as the previous season. We again lost some days fishing during August & September because of the vey high dirty water.
Despite this we ended the season with 543 fish over 140 fish up on the year before and with the number of fish recorder on the fly well up.
The season got off to a good start with two fish on the 3rd of May the fist fish of the season being caught by 12 year old John mead the son of one of our houses owners it weight 9.5Lbs. July was the most productive month with 212 fish landed. Once again our anglers showed their commitment to conservation by retuning 233 fish Mount Falcon will be donating €5 to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation per fish returned..


 May Highlights         Free Fishing for hotel residents
First fish of the season taken on May 3rd   By 12 year old John mead 9.5lbs taken on worm . Mitch Tunikowski landed two fish for month both spinning at 9lbs a piece. The largest fish was landed and returned by Mark Kane from Dublin this weighed 13.5 lbs  The last week of the month sore 4 fish landed including a 7lbs and 8lbs fish to 15 year old Ben Price bringing the months total to 12 fish.

June Highlights
June was our summer with 3 weeks of sunshine and no rain during the last three weeks of the month, this had the effect of the river dropping to low summer levels and very few fish running. 13 fish were landed during June with first fish for Maeve Farrell, James Murphy and Jack Armstrong all from Dublin. At the beginning of the month Mount Falcon hosted Casting for Recovery on our rainbow trout lake. The two days were a great susses with all the ladies involved landing at least one trout on the fly. 

July Highlights
Water arrived in July and with it came the Grilse. The months total was 212 fish with week ones total 47 fish 18 of these on the fly including Will O’Conner’s 9lbs John Fitzgerald 6, 5, 4.5lbs fish and Martin Davison’s First on the fly 5.5lbs.Week two produced 46 fish. Peter Hughes and son
Had 6 fish during two days best 9lbs.Ellis Fellows a regular visitor to Mount Falcon landed 3 grilse in an afternoon.  The best day was enjoyed by the Royal fishing club  From Germany catching 20 fish on the 25th.The final week of the month accounted for 60 fish With John Millers party from the UK landing 19 fish. 

 August Highlights 
August produced 153 fish with some good fly fishing at the start of the month including fish for Clem both fist on fly and martin Davison continued his fly fishing baptism with 2 in a day. Roger Morris and Powel price from the UK landed 8 fish in two days best 8lbs on spinner.  Bill Whitwell’s party from the UK enjoyed a good week with 19 fish including one of 8.5lbs a first fish for Mrs Margret Pie.

 September Highlights. 
161 salmon caught with 101 of these being returned safely to the river to spawn. 
Best fish 12.8lbs landed on the Fly and returned by Stuart Price.James Hiles from Belfast had a great 2 days with 11 fish all returned on the spinner including one of 11lbs.  Week 3 accounted for 42 fish with 21 on the fly including 8 more for the Davison’s and fist ever salmon for husband and wife team Linda and Philip gosling from the uk who went on to land a total of 11 fish during their stay.

 Looking Forward 
We have two special event weekends coming up for anyone who is interested. Introduction to Clay shooting weekend 12th and 13th March
2 nights B+B with one dinner. Shooting tuition all guns, cartridges and safety equipment provided @ €199 per person sharing.
Introduction to Salmon Fly casting weekend 7th and 8th May#2 nights B+B with one dinner. Fly casting tuition on day one with the option to fish the river for salmon on day 2 @ €199 per person sharing.
 We are already fairly well booked up for the prime time July / August so please get in contact if you are looking to book any fishing at this time so as not to be disappointed.
Thanks to all our guests, and in particular, all our regulars who return year after year. We look forward to seeing you all again 2010.
Wishing you all a great Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Best Regards
Stuart Price





Mount Falcon , Foxford Road, Ballina , County Mayo
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