Salmon fishing has picked up further in Galway this week, and grilse are running the river in increasing numbers. There were 68 fish landed for the week, with the majority of these taken on fly.
Neil Spellacy had 2 grilse of 4.5lbs on fly, while Simon Lenihan had 2 to 6lbs on fly and shrimp. Dave Lenihan landed 3 grilse of 5lbs on fly and shrimp, while Colm Adams fished the shrimp and had 2 fish of 5lbs each.
Ulrich Treusch landed 2 grilse to 6.5lbs on fly, Paddy Gargan also 2 to 6lbs on fly, as did Mossy Browne. David Murphy also had 2 fish to 6lbs on fly and shrimp, while Brian King and Gerry Hartigan had all of their 2 fish each on shrimp. Aidan Sheridan landed 2 fish to 5lbs on fly.
Michael Browne landed 3 fish to 7lbs on fly and shrimp, while John Murphy landed 2 to 5.5lbs on fly. Pappy Cotter fished shrimp and had 2 fish to 5lbs, while there were grilse on the fly for A. Schmitt and Tobias Stern.
Ulrich Treusch landed a further 2 grilse on fly, and Pat Smyth had 2 to 7lbs on fly. There were grilse for Declan Mulligan, Roy Williams, Owen Trill, Ray Drennan and John Anderson, while Gary Rogers landed a lovely 8.3lbs fish on fly. Seamus Harold landed a fine 10.5lbs salmon on the fly also. Catch of the week, however, goes to 99 years young Ned Cusack, who landed 2 grilse to almost 8lbs yesterday on the shrimp, and also gave a display of fly casting, although they eluded him on the fly this time. It’s wonderful to see Ned still fishing regularly and showing the younger generation (several of them!) how its done.

Seamus Harold with a 10.5lbs Galway salmon
Seamus Harold with a 10.5lbs Galway salmon

Although rain is forecast, water levels upstream are low and the lake can take plenty of water, so fishing conditions should be ideal for the next week, and with the grilse run now underway, fishing prospects are very good for the coming week.