Fishing is still going strong in Galway, with the grilse run well into it’s 8th week now and 108 fish recorded for the week. Water levels are still at one gate open, and a lot of fish are showing in the river. 19 fell to the shrimp with the rest to the fly, which, with water levels being perfect for wading is providing great  sport, with all anglers getting ‘ takes’ but holding on is another matter! 18 fish were caught and released on fly. A few ‘harvest’ fish have been seen in the river which makes it very exciting as they run into the double digits.

Trevor Stafford had a 3lbs grilse on fly, Owen Trill also fished the fly and had a 5lbs fish. Louis Brennan from Tuam landed a 6.5lbs fish on shrimp.

Eoin Warner had 5 fish for two days, releasing 3 from 3 to 6lbs on fly. Spanish visitor Sebastian Canerero had a 4.5lbs grilse on the fly, while Marc De Veletian who can’t make up his mind if he is from France or Mayo had a brace on fly, both 4lbs which he released. Andy Smith from Dublin  had two fish on fly  to 4.5lbs.

Dr Frank O’Hara had 5 fish for two days releasing two, from 3 to 5lbs on fly. Philip Clifford, Limerick had his quota on fly including 2 at 4.5lbs and a 6lbs fish. Gerard Hartigan also had 3 fish between3 and 4.5lbs, including 2 on shrimp.

Fintan Murphy from Oranmore had 2 nice fish  – one at 3.5lbs on shrimp and a lovely 7lbs fish on fly. Dublin man Dave O’Reilly had a 5lbs fish on an evening rod flyfishing. Gary Kilroy from Mullingar had a beautiful fresh harvest fish of 11.5lbs on shrimp.

The 5th was a very special day for the ‘ elder lemons’ as James calls them – 3 men who have a combined age of 279 years caught 5 fish for a session on the weir, with Bert Lynch from Galway landing the heaviest at 8.5lbs. Bert finished with 2 fish, longtime German visitor Wolfram Hoppe had 2 fish for 4 and 5 lbs and our own Ned Cusack was not to be outdone with a 3lbs grilse.

Colm Adams from Dublin scored a hat-trick of grilse from 4-5lbs on fly, and will be hoping the Dubs can do the same on Sunday!