Mountmellick Angling Association is set to host the TAFI Leinster Senior River Qualifier next Sunday.
The competition is being run on a catch and release basis and each angler is to provide a steward. Entries will be taken in Victor Cox’s shop O’ Connell Square Mountmellick from 9.30am till 10am Sunday morning, entry fee €30. Weigh in at 5.30pm in Turley’s Bar Mountmellick where refreshments will be served.
Membership is now open and permits or day tickets can be purchased from Victor Cox’s shop O’ Connell Square Mountmellick or from the water keepers Tommy Quigley and Paul Lalor.
This competition showcases our club waters to the best fly fishermen in Leinster and, with this in mind, club members have cleaned up a section of Clonterry Wood beside the River Barrow.
The Mountmellick club currently has 70 members although the recession has seen numbers drop off. The club draws members from Mountmellick, Portarlington, Portlaoise.
“We take pride in the fact that we don’t stock the river. Our river is a wild brown trout fishery which is sustaining itself which is why it has been important to keep it clean,” said Paul Lalor.
Mr Lalor said there has been no pollution of the river from sewerage thanks to club vigilance and investment from Laois County Council.
The club recent ran a sucessful fly tying course for 15 young club members.