Fishing conditions this week could not have been much better, with one open sluice gate providing perfect water levels for flyfishing. Good runs of fish continued, and the fishery produced the best week of the season to date, with 28 salmon landed, including 26 to the fly. Increasing numbers of grilse were reported, as well as some great spring salmon.
Eamon power from Waterford landed a 6.5lbs fish on fly, while Ciaran Ward from Dublin had a great day, catching 3 salmon from 4lsb to 10.5lbs, also on fly. Clare man Eddie Corry took a 7lbs fish on fly, while Cork angler John Moore had 2 nice grilse on fly. Father and son Gus and John Murphy from Clare spent a day together while John was home on holiday from the US, and both had a day to remember, catching identical salmon of 10lbs each on fly. Swiss visitor Johan Wetter landed a nice 8.5lbs fish on fly, while Dublin man Gerard Keane, who lives in the US now, enjoyed his visit back to Ireland by landing his first ever salmon on fly, a nice fish of 6.5lbs. Dublin angler Dermot Quinlan landed an 8lbs fish on shrimp, and local angler Michael Barry took a 7-pounder on fly, while local man Simon Lenihan had a 6.5lbs fish on fly. Northern Irish angler had a great time during his visit to Galway, landing 4 fish to 7lbs, all on fly. Tom Beecher from Cork had a 7lbs fish on fly, and fellow Cork man Jim McEvoy had a fine 12.5lbs fish, also on fly. Catch of the week, though, goes to young angler Aidan Twomey from Waterford, who landed a cracking 15lbs silver springer on the fly.
Fishing conditions are absolutely perfect at the moment, and should not be too adversely affected by the forecast rain, as the lake is very low at the moment and should absorb the extra water. Fishing prospects for the coming weeks in Galway are excellent.