Water levels have remained at one gate this week, with Mediterranean0like conditions prevailing, and the bright sunshine has not made things easy for anglers, although grilse have started to appear in greater numbers again. In spite of the bright conditions, there were 39 fish landed for the week, with fly fishing proving very successful in the lower water.

Billy Moylan landed 2 fish of 5.5lbs and 7.5lbs on fly, while Moycullen man John Anderson had 3 fish of 4, 5 and 11lbs on fly. Richard Odlum caught and released a 5lbs grilse on fly, while Waterford boys Brian Hennessey, Mossy Brown and Eamon Power had 8 fish on fly, all released bar 2, ranging from 4lbs to 8.5lbs. Mossy won the friendly competition with 4 fish caught and released.

Dublin angler Tim Keane had a 3.5lbs grilse on fly, and John Ryan landed 2 on fly of 4 and 5lbs.

Owen Jackman had a great day landing 4 fish on fly from 3 to 6.5lbs, while Fintan Murphy from Oranmore had a 4lbs grille on shrimp.  Galway angler Denis Quill had 2 fish of 4.5 and 5lbs on shrimp, and Neil Spellacy landed 2 on fly of 6 and 3lbs, releasing one.

Michael Parker had 3 fish between 4.5-5lbs on the fly, while Ennis angler Gus Murphy had a 5lbs fish, also on fly, and fellow Clareman Pappy Cotter had 2 fish to 5lbs on shrimp. Crispin Rodwell landed 2 on fly to 4.5lbs, with one released.

Water conditions are perfect, and as long as anglers remember the sunscreen, angling should be very enjoyable over the coming week in Galway.

Leen Verhoeven from Belgium with her first Galway salmon, May 2016
Leen Verhoeven from Belgium with her first Galway salmon, May 2016