James Quinn with IFI Galway office reports:

Anglers on the Galway Weir enjoyed a very good week with a total of 109 fish being caught. Weather conditions and water levels were ideal for salmon angling. There was a great show of fish and anglers and tourists alike were amazed with the amount of salmon pitching and showing in the system. Only 9 fish fell to shrimp with the rest being caught on fly. Some of the results were as follows:

24th June – Werner Meckle from Germany had 3 fish on fly, as did Aidan Brophy, Dublin, while and Eamon Power and Brian Hennessey from Waterford also had their quota but released 4 fish between them.

25th June – Aidan Twoomey, Waterford, showed his father Thomas how it is done with a 2-0 score line. Andrew Davin from Northern Ireland had 2 fish for 4 & 5 lbs. Brian King caught a nice fish of 7.5 lbs. on the fly and added another of 3 lbs. His mates, Gerry Hartigan and Damien Nolan, from Limerick had a brace each, ranging from 4 to 5 lbs.

All above fish came to the fly bar Gerry’s which took a shrimp.

26th June – Dr. Frank O’Hara had 4 fish on fly and released one, all averaging around 4.5 lbs., Fintan Murphy,  Oranmore, landed 3 fish about the same average weight (two on fly one on shrimp. Greg Forde took time off his busy schedule to grass a lovely six-pounder on fly.

27th June – Ned Cusack again landed a nice grilse on the shrimp of 4 lbs., while Spanish anglers Jose and Jesus Maquiteria had 4 fish to the fly from 4 lbs. to 6 lbs. Peter Butler, the infamous writer on coarse angling, caught 2 fish on the fly which was a great achievement after he had major surgery on his hands last year. Local angler, Neil Spellacy, had a great day with 5 fish all between 4 and 5 lbs. on fly, releasing 3 to a killer fly he tied the night before, which he went home without!

28th June – Annie and Peter Taylor, UK, had a fish apiece on fly and shrimp. Sean O’Toole caught a brace in quick time on the fly of 4 lbs. each, while Henry Cosgrove ,Tuam, and Stephen Cullinane, Galway), had a brace as well.

29th June – Dave O’Reilly caught 2 fish of 5 lbs. on fly, while a visiting angler from Belgium, who never took a fly rod up before his day on the Weir landed a 4 lbs. fresh run fish.