Ribble 2017

sewinfly

Active member
Hi haptonlad
My name is John Smith (yes really) and I live in Nottinghamshire. My daughter, a fellow Hapton resident, kindly bought me for
Christmas, a Ribble Rivers Trust Angling passport together with two Mitton beat Salmon Tokens to allow me and a friend to try for Salmon. I apologise for posting this on a Sea Trout Forum but see from your entry that you also fish for Salmon some times.
I would very much appreciate some local knowledge of the Mitton beats together with best time of the year to fish, what flies to use and best rods and lines. If you or one of your fellow anglers are able to assist I would be most grateful and if possible would love to share a days fishing. In return I could offer a good day on a Midlands 13acre gravel pit well stocked with Rainbow,Blue and Brown trout. My email address is john@agnybaps.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you. Tight lines John
Hi John

Put your post or start a new one River Ribble 2018

That way people may see it sooner rather than later in the 2017 section.

The forum still has a long way to go compared to several years ago.

Sewinfly. ............
 

T7

New member
Hi haptonlad
My name is John Smith (yes really) and I live in Nottinghamshire. My daughter, a fellow Hapton resident, kindly bought me for
Christmas, a Ribble Rivers Trust Angling passport together with two Mitton beat Salmon Tokens to allow me and a friend to try for Salmon. I apologise for posting this on a Sea Trout Forum but see from your entry that you also fish for Salmon some times.
I would very much appreciate some local knowledge of the Mitton beats together with best time of the year to fish, what flies to use and best rods and lines. If you or one of your fellow anglers are able to assist I would be most grateful and if possible would love to share a days fishing. In return I could offer a good day on a Midlands 13acre gravel pit well stocked with Rainbow,Blue and Brown trout. My email address is john@agnybaps.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you. Tight lines John
Hi John,

While you wait for HaptonLad to reply, I can answer one or two of your questions.

I’ve never fished the mitton beat but have fished the beat directly upstream and opposite for many years.

For tackle for the salmon I would use a 13 or 14 foot rod if there is decent water on. Ideally you are looking for 1-2 feet higher than summer level and falling with a bit of a tinge colour. This is typically 2 to 5 days after a large amount of rain depending on how much and where it’s fallen etc. There is an EA website that has river levels at different parts of the river. The closest gauge is at Henthorn just upstream (River level information for Ribble at Henthorn - GOV.UK). This part of the river fishes well with 60-75cm on the gauge.

Time of year. This is a tough one. The Ribble typically doesn’t have a good spring run but fish do run it early and there is nothing like getting a springer! Some years a good number of fish will be aboutin April and May and I’ve known some decent catches. Having said that I would be looking at July, August or September depending on if we have a wet or dry summer. If there is sustained high water in the summer then a good run can occur, if dry then you might be better off waiting until water in sept or October.

Flies. Nothing too complicated black, yellow and orange, relatively small doubles. Cascade is as good as anything but watever you like really!

The beat at Mitton also has trout and sea trout so worth taking a single hander in case the salmon aren’t about!

Best of luck and let us know how you get on.
 

haptonlad

Member
Hi John
Sorry I've only just picked up on this post, not been on for a while.
I do fish in the Area around Mitton, but I haven't fished on the EA stretch of the Ribble. I'm led to believe if you catch it right your in with a very good chance of a salmon. There's some very good holding pools on this beat (Calder foot & Hodder foot) both hold good numbers of salmon. Like T7 states it's not really a Spring river IMO the Ribble is a Summer to Autumn river.
I would be more than happy to team up with you & fish this section of the Ribble John.
You can either contact on this forum or my email is pneeds@hotmail.co.uk
Regards Paul.
 

T7

New member
I’d be up for a bit of a meet up if you don’t mind me tagging along! Salmon or sea trout, I’m not too fussed- would be good to have a mini forum meet
 

haptonlad

Member
I’d be up for a bit of a meet up if you don’t mind me tagging along! Salmon or sea trout, I’m not too fussed- would be good to have a mini forum meet
I'd be up for it Simon if anything comes of it pal.
See if John comes back to us on this, & we'll take it from there.
 

jsflyfisher

New member
Many thanks for this info it is much appreciated. Life has been very hectic at home since Christmas so sorry for the delay in reply.
 

jsflyfisher

New member
Hello again.
Just to say it would be great to have a mini forum meet and I have let haptonlad (Paul) know that is suits me.
I am thinking that summer onwards would be the best time and asked Paul if he could give me a shout when decent fishing looks likely. Hope to see you later this year. All the best.
 

haptonlad

Member
Hello again.
Just to say it would be great to have a mini forum meet and I have let haptonlad (Paul) know that is suits me.
I am thinking that summer onwards would be the best time and asked Paul if he could give me a shout when decent fishing looks likely. Hope to see you later this year. All the best.
Hi John
I'm sure we can sort something out in the summer time, when there's a few fish in the river. I don't know whether there's any other members on this forum that fish on the Ribble. The only member that contributes that I'm aware of is Simon (T7)
If there is any other members on here that are willing to meet up for a day on the Ribble feel free to contribute on the Ribble thread.
Cheers Paul.
 

haptonlad

Member
I'm going to start a new Ribble thread for this year so we can follow on what's already been discussed on the 2017 thread.
 
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