James Quinn reports from the Galway Fishery on excellent fishing up to the end of June.
From 22nd June to end of month there were 175 fish caught, 31 on shrimp and the rest to the fly. Water levels were perfect at 1 gate, with a good run of salmon averaging 5lbs, even though they arrived late.
The best of the week was a 10lbs bar of silver that fell to a Munro killer belonging to Tim Keane from Dublin, and sportingly released.
Tom Tynan (91) from Kildare caught his quota from the high bank on fly and his sister in law, Margaret Downes (age not to be revealed), not to be out done landed a nice fish of 4.5lbs from the same bank on the fly.
Father and daughter team, Jim and Sarah Doody landed 5 fish for two sessions on both fly and shrimp, best being 7.5lbs by Jim on fly from the high bank.
Father and Son teams of Brendan and Cathal O ’Dwyer and Dave and Jack McEvoy had their quotas for a session on fly.
Great to see the next generation being coached by their parents.
First Salmon For Lochlann
On that note, we had a photo sent in from Anthony Walsh, uncle of young Lochlann Walsh.
There were fireworks on the Galway weir fishery last Sunday the Fourth of July. A very proud Lochlann Walsh caught his first wild salmon weighing in at just over four pounds. After losing a good fish earlier in the day, and after a titanic battle, the fish was finally landed and after a few years of trying Lochlann finally broke his duck. He was doubly excited as just the evening before he caught and returned a lovely sea trout of one pound on the river slaney on a kildevil spider. He is already planning his next fishing trip with a day on Lough Corrib at the end of the month.
102 Not Out – And Still Catching Fish
A great achievement, but at the other end of the age spectrum it was great to see Ned Cusack, former fishery manager, landing two salmon at the age of 102! Most people would do well to even reach that age, never mind being able to fish for salmon. Ned also landed an invasive Pacific pink salmon on his afternoon fishing at the weir.
We also spotted some great photos from Yamil Turcuman, who enjoyed his day on the fishery with friends James Barry and Fergus Glynn. All fish sportingly released, and thanks for the photos Yamil!
There are a great number of fish showing in the rivers, and with one gate open on the weir, conditions look good for fishing for the next few weeks. Although day fishing is very busy, there may be slots available for evening fishing (fly only). To enquire about availability, contact the fishery at 091 562388 or email [email protected]