James Quinn reports from Galway with welcome news of the grilse run.

8-14 June

For the week of the 8th to 14th, 42 fish were recorded. Fish started to  enter system  from the 13th in any sort of numbers, a little late on last year but we will take it!

The biggest for that week was Cillian Garvey from Dublin, with a 10.5lbs fish on fly to go nicely with a 5lbs fish in the same session. Fish ranged from 3.5 to 8.5lbs that week.

Father and son team Michael and Gary Rogers from Dublin had 4 fish and released one ranging from 4.5 to 6lbs. Jim and Michael Wilson had a fish apiece  at 4.5 and 5lbs. A lot of anglers had their quota which is 2  fish to be taken per session.

Michael Brown from Clare had a brace on the shrimp, 4.5 and 5.5lbs. Sean McManmon and Paddy Murray had a fish apiece.

15-22 June

The following week – June 15th to 22nd, we had 91 fish taken mainly to the fly.

The best fish  was 10.8lbs which fell to Terry McDermott from N.I. 15 to 20% of fish were released.

Keep them wet. The most important thing for successful catch-and-release is to keep the fish in the water

Tony Kavanagh had a brace of 3 and 5lbs on fly. Liam Gilsenan also had a brace of nice fish 5.5 and 6lbs from the high bank on fly. Damien Nolan had two for 6 and 4.5lbs on the fly.

Numbers of fish have noticeable increased in the last few days, with plenty of fish coming to the fly. I got in for an evening session myself and had two fish of 3 and 6lbs on fly, both released. Conditions are perfect for the fly at the moment, with one gate open on the weir.


Go Fishing

With numbers of grilse increasing each day and one gate open on the weir, conditions look good for fishing for the next few weeks. Although day fishing is very busy, there will be slots available for evening fishing (fly only). To enquire about availability, contact the fishery at 091 562388 or email [email protected]