I was called out yesterday by an angler who shall remain nameless (ahem, Colm) for being overly optimistic in recent reports about the prospects for angling in Galway. Well this week I am happy to have been proved right, as a good run of excellent quality spring fish provided some great sport for anglers. 17 salmon were landed for the week, including plenty on fly, and a good deal more fish were lost after good sport.  Declan Tuffy was top rod this week, with a cracking fish of 13.5lbs taken on fly.

Athenry angler Declan Tuffy with a beautiful 13.5lbs salmon caught on the fly at the Galway Fishery, 29 April 2016
Athenry angler Declan Tuffy with a beautiful 13.5lbs salmon caught on the fly at the Galway Fishery, 29 April 2016

Sunday was the best day of the season so far, with 5 landed, including fish for Paul O’Malley (6lbs, taken on shrimp), a 12lbs fish for John McCarthy on shrimp, Paul Stewart’s 12lbs fish on fly, a 10lbs fish for Christian Berger, also on fly, and a 5.5lbs grilse for Declan McInerney taken on shrimp. The fishery averaged 1-2 fish a day for the rest of the week, including fish of 10lbs for Jon Menzies and Paul Wymes, fish of 9.5lbs and 8.5lbs for Padraic Corrigan and Seamus Nee (both on fly), and an 11.5lbs fish for Ber Gilsenan on spinner.

A fine salmon of 10lbs was the reward for Paul Wymes on his visit to the Galway Fishery, 29 April 2016
A fine salmon of 10lbs was the reward for Paul Wymes on his visit to the Galway Fishery, 29 April 2016

Louis Mathews landed an 11lbs fish on fly, while former fishery manager kicked off today with a lovely 12-pounder on the fly. Louis Brennan followed that up with a 12.5lbs fish on spinner, while Sean O’Toole has kept things going with a 8.5lbs fish on shrimp.

Padraic Corrigan with a fine 9.5lbs salmon taken on fly at the Galway Fishery, 30 April 2016
Padraic Corrigan with a fine 9.5lbs salmon taken on fly at the Galway Fishery, 30 April 2016

Water conditions are good at the moment, with 2 gates open on the weir, and with the forecast set to pick up slightly, fresh fish of a great size running the river, I’m going to put my neck on the line again and predict good fishing prospects for anglers again over the next week. You heard it here first Colm!

 

Jim Stafford with a fine 12lbs salmon from the Galway Fishery, 4 May 2016.
Jim Stafford with a fine 12lbs salmon from the Galway Fishery, 4 May 2016.