Ireland Fishing: Mount Falcon Country House
Fly fishing on the River Moy, Ireland’s most famous salmon river
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The Moy Valley and the surrounding County of Mayo has so much to offer the visitor from stunningly beautiful unspoilt scenery to magical attractions. So if you are on holiday with your family or just taking a day off from fishing there are plenty of things to do and see all just on the doorstep.
There are museums, visitor centres, stone age sites, golf courses as well as many activities such as water sports, hiking, walking, horse riding, cycling, not to forget the beautiful sandy beaches, clear waters and fascinating islands. The towns and villages of the area are full of charm and personality and the local Mayo people friendly and welcoming especially in the many hostelries and restaurants.
Mount Falcon Country House Hotel & Estate is located on the west bank of the River Moy just off the main road between Foxford and Ballina. It is easily accessed by road, rail and air with Knock Airport only thirty minutes drive away.
The River Moy is one of Ireland’s most famous salmon rivers for a very good reason – its run of fish is outstanding and Mount Falcon has been inextricably linked with the River Moy and salmon fishing throughout its history. Approximately 85% of the salmon (estimated at between 50,000 and 60,000) that run the entire River Moy system have to pass through the Mount Falcon Fishery. This fact combined with the fishery’s relative proximity to the tidal stretches of the river ensure there is a constant flow of fresh fish throughout the season.
The two mile double bank Mount Falcon Fishery is one of the main fisheries on the lower river and is situated in a pleasant countryside environment. While it has the capability of producing excellent salmon fly fishing at times the Mount Falcon Fishery is very much an all methods fishery offering the angler a variety of experiences over its beats. The upper beats can be fly-fished from the river bank or from a boat using single or double handed rods, with mini tube flies, small Irish shrimp flies, or hairwing flies being the most successful. There is also plenty of good water where bait fishing or spinning can be practiced and on most of the lower fishery prawn and shrimp fishing is permitted. The exclusivity of the water here allows anglers the scope and freedom from having to compete with other anglers.
The Wall Pool is considered by many to be showpiece of the Mount Falcon Fishery and is one of the most productive beats on the entire river. The pool derives its name from a volcanic dyke of bed rock that extends across the pool and as the water levels drop this dyke creates a rock wall below which the salmon hold up. The river here is shallow with a gravel bottom and fast flowing water making this an ideal fly fishing beat.
Mount Falcon Country House has 32 ensuite bedrooms.
There are six unique de luxe rooms (including two suites) named after famous pools on the Mount Falcon Fishery, which are located on the upper floors of the house, enjoying all the original features of this historic home (fifteen foot high ceilings, original cornices, marble fireplaces and pitch pine shutters and floors). You will really feel you have stepped back in time, when you see how these beautiful rooms have been carefully and lovingly restored to their original beauty, and which at the same time, offer all the luxury and services you expect from 4 star de luxe accommodation.
The 26 premium rooms ooze quality. They are spacious and tastefully furnished to the highest standard, with soft and tranquil colours, reflecting the beauty of the woodlands outside each window, and contain everything you need to ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay.
All the rooms have the following facilities:
Best Times to Go
Fishing is excellent throughout the season. However, the following is a summary of the best times to go:
Availability and Pricing
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Background reading for your trip:
"Flyfishing in Ireland" by Peter O'Reilly, et alOur Comments:
Fly fishermen have been catching trout and salmon from Ireland's abundant rivers and loughs for centuries. This practical fishing book, written by Ireland's top fly-fishing instructor, Peter O'Reilly, looks at the rich tradition of game angling in the Emerald Isle. This is your perfect companion guide to fishing Ireland's loughs and rivers. Includes details for tying 41 patterns for salmon and trout on loughs, rivers, and estuaries with hints on choosing the right fly.
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