It was a slow start to the year in Galway, as the wettest March on record meant very high water levels persisting into April, with 14 sluice gates open for a long period.

Dublin angler Dave O’Reilly took advantage of a drop in water levels to cast a fly, and he was rewarded with the first salmon of the season on March 8th. The fish was just over 8lbs, and was donated to charity as is customary.

Dave O’Reilly with the first Galway salmon of the season, with Mary Kilcommins from Mary’s Fish shop in Galway

There have been 3 salmon caught this week, with Paul Wymes and Eoin Warner both landing fish of 9-9.5lbs on shrimp, and Fergal Cormican landing a 10.5lbs fish on the fly.

Two more fish were lost this morning. Water levels are currently at 4 gates open and another drop would certainly suit fly anglers.


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