The three main areas for fishing in the vicinity of Abbeyleix are :
The River Nore on the southern end of the town
Gills Pond and the Masslough in nearby Ballinakill
Granstown Lake in Ballacolla.
The river Nore has an abundance of brown trout. The average size is usually between 10 and 12 ounces. Fishermen are advised to bring the waders as wading is necessary and quite safe. However the rewards are fantastic!
Gills Pond and the Masslough in Ballinakill are rich in tench and rudd. People are welcome to use the lakes at Ballinakill where they may be approached by a warden during the day and a day ticket will be issued.
For all information contact : Norman Rothwell @ +353(0)872879070
Granstown lake consists of 24 acres of spring fed water with a large stock of tench, large rudd and perch. There are ten fishing stands and one which cater for people with special needs.
No permit is necessary to fish in Granstown lake. Contact : Noreen Byrne @ +353(0)868389590
The Attanagh Shooting and Fly Fishing museum is the only nuseum of its kind in Ireland. It is situated in the old post office in the village of Attanagh and houses a huge collection of records and artefacts.For anyone interested in fishing or shooting a visit to Walter Phelan the founder and proprieter of this amazing establishment is a must.
Contact : +353(0)50236112
Fishing tackle is available from Jimmy Tyrell, Irish Fly Craft, Attanagh @ +353(0)868451257
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