Judd Ruane Sea Trout Fishing

I offer sea trout fishing trips on the beautiful Moy Estuary. I am based at the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo but my hunting ground is the mouth of the world famous river Moy. I have over thirty years’ experience fishing for sea trout and dealing with angling tourism in the Moy Valley region in the North West of Ireland. I still enjoy that great buzz, expectation with every cast!

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Sea Trout Fishing

Seatrout Fishing
  • Salt Water Fly Fishing
  • Fly Fishing from boat or shore
  • Bait Fishing with spinning rod
  • All levels of anglers catered for

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The Moy Estuary

Moy Estuary
  • Healthy runs of Sea Trout
  • Beautiful Islands
  • Golden Beaches
  • A wonderful variety of bird life

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Modern Boats

Modern Boats
  • Comfortable & spacious cabin cruisers
  • Lake boats ideal for Salt Water Fly Fishing
  • Safe and fully equipped boats
  • Fishing tackle provided if required

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Fishing Methods

I offer two ways to catch sea trout, bait fishing and fly fishing.

Bait fishing from my cabin cruiser is the most popular method. This method is great for the average angler looking for good day out with a little extra comfort. The Quicksilver 640 Pilothouse cabin cruiser gives plenty of space for fishing, can cater for four anglers and offers better protection from the elements if required.

Salt water fly fishing from my lake boat is a new development. This method is great for experienced anglers looking to catch sea trout on the fly. Catching sea trout on the fly is fantastic and this method has seen a remarkable surge in interest. Over the years I have developed a range of flies and lures for the salt water and I find this aspect of the business very fulfilling. I can cater for 2 anglers using this method.

Both methods come with an experience guide to show you the hottest fishing spots and tackle is provided if required.

Sea Trout Season

The sea trout season runs from the 17th April to the 10th October. Sea trout range in size from ½ to 4 lbs. A state fishing licence is required and this can be obtained from the many tackle shops in Ballina or you can book online at salmonlicences.ie.

If you are planning a visit to this area why not join me on my boat for a day on the wonderful estuary and enjoy a great experience.

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As we approach the first day May I hope we leave the cold spell behind. The north wind gives us clear blue skies but there is an Arctic bite to it…not enjoyed by man, beast or fish. The water quality is continuously improving…under water vis was close to 4 feet yesterday. However, there is no …

We had an ‘easy’ north wind on the estuary yesterday. Temperatures were down but the clear skies took the sting out of it. The terns have arrived and they were very active for an hour after the tide began to flood. However, the sea trout weren’t impressed with conditions so it was a slow day …

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