The long dry spell means that water levels have finally dropped in Galway, with 2 sluice gates open on the weir. Even this is difficult to reconcile with the very low lake level presently, and we may see another gate closed soon if we don’t get a lot of rain.

Over the last couple of weeks there were good numbers of fish seen in the river, although they certainly were not taking too freely in the sub-Arctic conditions. However, John Diskin from Loughrea, who had just bought his first salmon licence, then managed to land his first Atlantic salmon, a fine 10.5lbs fresh spring fish. Its not as easy all the time John!

John’s achievement, however, was eclipsed by Michael Leonard, the dancer from Dublin, whose age will remain undisclosed. Michael was fishing the fly on Thursday the 28th when he hooked and landed a magnificent 21lbs specimen, a fresh-run cock fish that is the heaviest salmon landed in Galway for a number of years. The fish was netted by James Quinn, and weighed on a certified scales for a specimen award. A huge congratulations is due to Michael for his achievement.

With spring appearing on the horizon – it feels positively balmy in Galway today after recent weeks – and water levels perfect for fishing, conditions look good for the next few weeks.

 

Michael Leonard with his 21lbs specimen salmon taken at the Galway Fishery on March 28th, 2012
Michael Leonard with his 21lbs specimen salmon taken at the Galway Fishery on March 28th, 2013
John Diskin from Loughrea, with his first ever salmon, a fine 10.5lbs spring salmon taken on the Galway Fishery
John Diskin from Loughrea, with his first ever salmon, a fine 10.5lbs spring salmon taken on the Galway Fishery