Water levels have been perfect all week, with catches reflecting the great run of fish until the warm weather took hold. The heatwave has taken its toll however, particularly on anglers, who are wilting in the hot and humid conditions, with temperatures in Galway reaching 29C yesterday.
In spite of the heatwave, there were 62 salmon landed for the week, most of those taken on fly. Brian Howard from Dublin was top rod, with 4 grilse to 7lbs on fly for his visit. UK angler John Wilson landed 2 grilse on fly, as did John Hetherington and John Anderson. Michael Browne and Dexter Lynas also had 2 fish each on fly, and Michael Hegarty took 2 fish on shrimp. German visitor Manfred Wilke landed 2 grilse on shrimp, while Henry Wilke landed his first salmon on fly, a nice grilse of 4lbs. Fellow German angler Wolfram Hoppe had a grilse on fly, as did French angler Marc de Veletian, with a nice 6lbs fish. Spanish angler Miguel Gomez took a 5lbs fish on fly, while Terry McDermott landed 2 grilse on fly, and Liam Gilsenan also had 2 fish on fly in torrid conditions.
With plenty of salmon still running, and the weather set to cool down, even if only slightly, at the weekend, fishing prospects in Galway are excellent for the week ahead.