Grilse are being seen in better numbers in Galway this week, with good numbers of fish holding in the river at Salmon Weir Bridge, fascinating anglers and tourists alike. The conditions, however, have not been great, with bright sunshine and scorching temperatures making life difficult for angling.

34 fish were reported for the period, with most of these coming on fly. Among those to catch fish were Neil Spellacy, who had 2 grilse to 5lbs this morning, both on fly and losing another. Meath father and son John and Eunan O’Connor had 3 fish for their visit, with 2 on fly and 1 on shrimp. Offaly angler Jim Kinahan also had 2 grilse, one each on fly and shrimp, while Aidan Twomey landed 2 fish to 5.5lbs on fly.

Dublin man Dave O’Reilly landed 2 grilse on fly, while Patrick Cotter from Clare had a nice fish of 7lbs on shrimp. Paul Whelan, up visiting from the Blackwater, lad a lovely 7-pounder on fly, and Ray Foster took 2 grilse to 5lbs on shrimp. French visitor Jean le Moal had a fish on spinner before the water level dropped, and Kevin Mitchell had a nice grilse on the fly.

With grilse coming in better numbers now, the next week should see a good head of fish building up in the river and moving upstream. Water levels are perfect for the fly, although we could do with a drop in temperatures and more cloud to improve sport further. I’ won’t be popular wishing for that, though!