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  • #16
    I finally got out night fishing last night for the first time in 3 weeks, the river has been in flood ever since. I did manage a 6lb grilse last week with the D/H rod fishing for salmon.
    Last night was a little frustrating with lots of offers coming short, but I stuck at it till 3am & I had a sea trout at 1 1/4lb & a herling with a couple of small grayling. Never or less it was great to get out again.

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    • #17
      I haven't been on the forum for a couple of weeks, I got back from a family holiday in Turkey early Thursday morning, after doing the usual house chores after the holiday. I was itching to get out night fishing, with the river running clear & at a good height. I set up with a sewin caster intermediate tip 9ft tapered leader to 8lb & the flies I choose were size 6 sq/ blue on the point & a size 8 moc's cert on the dropper. I got to my chosen pool when some idiot on the other bank shone a torch right down the pool, so I went & fished above him in the run. I had my first after a few cast, followed by a second a little further down the pool, I backed up the run & missed another take. I decided to move up river into another pool & fish mid pool to the tail end & after 10mins I had another, I continued fishing down the pool to the tail end where I had 2 more offers, hooked one that got off straight away.
      I finally fished the pool I intended to start in & was rewarded with a 4th fish after missing a couple of other offers. I got into a real tangle not long after catching my last fish, by then it was getting cold & misty so I called it night.
      All fish were between 1 3/4 & 2 1/2lb & coloured but It was great to finally get out & catch a few.

      I went out again on Friday night fished the same pools with my mate. My mate had a couple of reasonably fresh fish in quick succession in the run where I had 2 the night before, a 3lb & 2lb. I had one of those nights where I couldn't keep them on, I hooked 2 & lost them both after briefly hooking them & also had a really savage take that ripped the line out of my hand just as I started F/8, never or less it's still good to get amongst the fish.
      I think I'll have an hour or so tonight before I'm back at work after 2 weeks holiday.

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      • #18
        Great post, Paul. Good to hear you're getting some fish.
        Paul

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        • #19
          Well done sounds like a nice session on the river with a few fish.

          Sewinfly. ............
          www.sewinfly.co.uk

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          • #20
            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

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            • #21
              Originally posted by jsflyfisher View Post
              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. ............
              www.sewinfly.co.uk

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              • #22
                Originally posted by jsflyfisher View Post
                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.

                Iíve 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 itís 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 doesnít 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 Iíve 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 arenít about!

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

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                • #23
                  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.

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                  • #24
                    Iíd be up for a bit of a meet up if you donít mind me tagging along! Salmon or sea trout, Iím not too fussed- would be good to have a mini forum meet

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by T7 View Post
                      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.

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                      • #26
                        Sounds good Paul!

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                        • #27
                          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.

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                          • #28
                            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.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by jsflyfisher View Post
                              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.

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                              • #30
                                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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