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The Ribble. It seems that I’ve cut a lot of my fishing teeth on the Ribble and it always feels like a home coming when I go there especially mid to low Ribble. Back in my fishing infancy when I was about thirteen or so, my grandparents lived by the Ribble at Frenchwood and my brother Stuart and I would disappear down the river at every available opportunity. I remember being so impressed with my first rainbow trout   that I put it in the bait tub filled with water and ran it round to show my under-whelmed grandparents. My years specimen coarse fishing were filled with Ribble days and nights after Chub, Barbel and Pike and my personal best for all 3 are Ribble fish.

My first fly caught Salmon and Sea Trout came from the mid Ribble around Ribchester and it was to the same beat that I called into on my way back north from a day working in Liverpool.

Despite the doom and gloom from myself (plus most west coast game fishers) this year, I’m always upbeat about a bit of time on this beat and so with rod already setup and waders quickly donned I was bounding down to the bottom of the beat, to my favourite pool which fishes well right at the head and could throw up a fish anywhere right down to get out. The river was about 6 inches below ideal height but still carrying through the pool nicely and looked like it would take the fly though well.

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The head of the pool (above left) and the rock at the pool “get out”  (above right) showing that the level was a bit lower than great – four to six inches showing is lovely water.

On my arrival a fish showed and that was all I saw for the next 3 hours right through to twilight. I always had in my head that it was a thirty minute run through the pool but clearly when you have the place to yourself and you’ve seen a fish, it seems that I fish through a bit more slowly and methodically than I imagined!, as I barely managed to make 3 passes down the pool before it was completely dark.

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Looking downstream from the last real fly taking spot – It’s always a morale booster to look down the river and see a fish showing father down – they usually show on the right.

So the blank run continues but it was great to fish the Ribble and see a fish and internet reports suggest that a few are being taken throughout the system. Planning a full day session on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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