Finally a spell of dry weather saw water levels fall to normal summer level in Galway, and we had fairly stable conditions for most of the month, although northerly winds for the first week or so saw more water coming over the sluice gates and made for tricky wading and casting. There was no June heatwave this year, which kept water temperatures stable, in contrast to last year, when the fishery closed for 10 days due to high temperatures.

There were 150 salmon recorded for the month, with most of these taken on the fly. The best fish for the month was a 9.5lbs salmon caught on fly in the Rock Pool by Damian Lawless, a long-timer visitor to Galway. This year the average size of the grilse is of note, with a lot of 5-7lbs fish and very few of 4lbs or less. The most successful flies were a Stoats Tail and a Munro Killer in size 12.

Among the lucky anglers were Michael Cosgrove, with sons Blair and Conor, home on holiday from Dubai, who all landed grilse on their visit under the guidance of proud grandad Henry . Brothers Dave and Declan Reilly from Dublin also landed fish, and Frank O’Hanrahan 2 grilse on fly. Brian O’Donoghue landed 3 grilse on fly, while Paddy Gargan and Brian O’Rourke had a brace each, all on fly.

A nice fish for Simon Lenihan, kept in the water once landed and unhooked safely in the net before release.

Lewis Mathews had 2 fish for his visit, and his brother Jasper had one. Simon Lenihan fished the spinner and had a fine 7.5lbs fish, followed by a grilse on the fly. German visitor Werner Meckle had 3 fish for his visit, including a fish of 7.3lbs. John Mcarthy had 2 fish to 7lbs on the 24th, both on the fly. Neil Spellacy also had a stunning fish just shy of 8lbs.   At the end of the month the grilse run was in full swing, with anticipation high for July.


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