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The river seems to be rising must of had some rain higher up, it's been sunshining all day around our end. I'll be giving one last bash tomorrow in the hope to end the season on a high:rolleyes:
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Well done Paul on your recent catches, nice to end the season on a high!

I thought there would be more reports of fish yesterday, I saw a few come off the mid Ribble, some big fish too!

My Brother couldn’t make my Dads guest rod and so he offered it to my mate Rob (Eel from the forum) who on my guest rod in September caught his first ever Ribble salmon. Within an hour of starting he caught his 2nd Ribble salmon, a 7-8lbs cock which was returned pic below. He went on to perform a long range aerial release on a very big fish estimated in the upper teens later in the day. Gutted but also happy not many Ribble rods can boast a 100% visit to catch ratio!

We also witnessed a large fish being caught on the adjacent bank a fresh fish 18-20lbs which was sportingly returned and one guy on the opposite bank had an 8lber on fly.

Also reported from the same beat was a coloured fish in excess of 20lbs. All I could manage was to hook one for a couple of seconds before throwing the hook and had one chase a spinner to the bank and took within two inches of the bank but didn’t connect.

Well it’s the last day, nearly all over for another year. I checked the calendar for November this morning and on the 1st November my fiancé had written “The day I get my boy back” she had draw a picture of a no entry sign with a fish in it! Hmmm I’ve a feeling I’ve got weekends of shopping coming up in revenge!

Going to give it a full hard fished day today and see the season out in style, I set myself a target last season and I’m three short. Not likely to reach it but who cares I just love to go fishing......

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Well that's it for the season. My final day was probably my best of the season - I managed a couple of fresh seatrout and lost a fresh salmon. All happened in the space of about half an hour so I think a small pod of fish must have moved through.

Talking to other anglers it seems to have been one of the poorest seasons for a while for the salmon, which is disappointing if true. I guess the fish counter and rod return numbers will tell us in due course...
 

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I've got to disagree, its been a great season, maybe not for catching but overall numbers of fish has been the most I have ever seen. In June for instance I saw huge numbers in the lower river and these seemed to keep coming right until the end of the season. Yes the counter figures will give us an over all run size, I expect the Hodder run to be especially large.

I got home tonight to find an addressed envelope on my stairs, on opening it I found a condolences card from my better half the front read “At this sad time may beautiful memories give you strength in these difficult hours” inside she had written “I know you will be sad and will miss fishing and catching those beautiful Salmon, my thoughts are will you at this sad time. But as one season ends another starts, it’s the start of girl & boy season, its time to spend quality time with your gorgeous fiancé like taking her shopping, going for walks at the seaside, taking me out for romantic meals and watching chic flicks like Dirty Dancing. You have taken the pis* and spent every spare minute of the last three months on the river and now you will spend every spare minute making it up to me!

Got to admit it did make me laugh! Though I’m not impressed at November’s itinery on the kitchen calendar!

I fished hard today, I was on the river at first light and left as the sun went down. I did manage a small coloured cock grilse this afternoon but the fish were very quiet where I fished and I didn’t half cover some mileage! I fished 5 beats on the upper river, the little Ribble and big Ribble but thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Got to say though it’s been a brilliant season overall, fishing may have been difficult at times but the sheer volume of fish that have entered the Ribble has been inspiring and looks good for the future.

All the best to all Ribble rods and keep safe and take care.
 

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I've got to disagree, its been a great season, maybe not for catching but overall numbers of fish has been the most I have ever seen. In June for instance I saw huge numbers in the lower river and these seemed to keep coming right until the end of the season. Yes the counter figures will give us an over all run size, I expect the Hodder run to be especially large.

I got home tonight to find an addressed envelope on my stairs, on opening it I found a condolences card from my better half the front read “At this sad time may beautiful memories give you strength in these difficult hours” inside she had written “I know you will be sad and will miss fishing and catching those beautiful Salmon, my thoughts are will you at this sad time. But as one season ends another starts, it’s the start of girl & boy season, its time to spend quality time with your gorgeous fiancé like taking her shopping, going for walks at the seaside, taking me out for romantic meals and watching chic flicks like Dirty Dancing. You have taken the pis* and spent every spare minute of the last three months on the river and now you will spend every spare minute making it up to me!

Got to admit it did make me laugh! Though I’m not impressed at November’s itinery on the kitchen calendar!

I fished hard today, I was on the river at first light and left as the sun went down. I did manage a small coloured cock grilse this afternoon but the fish were very quiet where I fished and I didn’t half cover some mileage! I fished 5 beats on the upper river, the little Ribble and big Ribble but thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Got to say though it’s been a brilliant season overall, fishing may have been difficult at times but the sheer volume of fish that have entered the Ribble has been inspiring and looks good for the future.

All the best to all Ribble rods and keep safe and take care.

Hi C.
I do like the humour of your lady, brilliant. I have fished this river for longer than I care to remember and I can never ever remember when we had such a day as today on the closing day. The river at a perfect height, cloud cover, no wind, no leaves,no sun, and very mild, and the pools with fish.
I don't like advertising too much but my day ended with four landed, all returned, and two hooked but came off. My little fly has once again cast its spell on the pools of Mid Ribble. I'm well into double figures which ain't bad for an oldy with limited fishing this season. All on the fly I have offered to you to support the Ribble Trust. Not many get the chance of this pattern I can tell you but to support the Trust make a donation or join.
 

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I have to agree with you there Ribble Rod, in terms of sheer enjoyment today was one of the best day's I've had in years. I ended the day with one caught and two lost from the upper Ribble, it was an absolute pleasure to be out.

Here's hoping for more of the same in 2011.
 
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Sliding down the learning Curve

I know it’s over but I am so thankful in many ways. It’s like I’m just coming up for air after being underwater for 4 months, breaking through the surface, lungs breaking and feeling the overwhelming euphoria of being able to breathe freely again. I’m also fairly sure that I’ve got one shoulder bigger than the other and my spine has compressed making me an inch shorter.

The repressive nature of the digital age maintains a constant information stream always reaches you 24/7. This information always drives you on and induces the frenzy. Much of this important info is of course of no use to me in any way shape or form... I didn’t need to know how many fish were being caught on the river Tweed or that folk were struggling on the Eden. For 4 months (through my own fault) my head became the salmon equivalent of the sky news centre.....Constantly updating with an everyday breaking news stream. I was caught sticking red dots on my Ribble ordinance survey map by my wife.......I froze.....and went crimson, so embarrassed by my own dirty shame. “don’t tell me, you’re sticking red dots on areas where fish have been caught”. .....she knew my secret.....I sheepishly responded...... “Not areas love..potential hotspots,.... its data”.....she just sighed.

Just wait until we can clone ourselves, I can be at work, at home being a perfect husband and fishing all at the same time.

Artifcal Intelligence

My,.. how the tone of the forum has changed, gone is the original ethos of one for all and all for one. Information once freely given is now openly sold for cash and guaranteed fish catching fly patterns are offered as incentive.....it’s been entertaining to read. It’s gone from, Woodstock and the spirit of free love, back to the cold war....

Reading about the Ribble Trust has been an epiphany..Jack can turn £1 into 8 and has got 600k in donations. .It’s an incredible achievement. It’s made me want to start The River Darwen Trust ...and have a pint with Jack...... “Join The River Darwen Trust, just 30quid gets your name on 1 square meter of prime industrial bank side”.........it’s the future..

Over the last four days I got out to fish using a fair amount of hang-dog expressions while wistfully looking out the window. Over the last 2 weeks my wife finally broke. I wasn’t allowed to even begin to say words that began in F. .My friend bar'o'silver (howie) is now refferd to as my other wife....And the forum has now been renamed : “you’re not on fishbook again are you”

Despite this I did get out all day Thursday ( many thanks to Fred & Clint ) and Friday I fished at Sunderland Hall in the morning but didn’t see anything. I managed to catch a 12lbr on Saturday morning to bring my tally to 9 from the Ribble and only the 2, caught at once from the Lune.

On the last day I got out from 3 until dusk. It was an utterly beautiful day, quiet and crisp. Looking down the valley made me humble. It’s a true privilege to fish the Ribble and watch the seasons change. I fished very slowly with my fly rod through my favourite pool, wondering how the hell you are meant to keep a shrimp on while casting.

Playhappy, Boo
 
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As always Boo that was brilliant! Brought a smile to my face on my first day back at work after the chaos of the last few days of the season.

I can empathise with a lot of what you have said especially when it comes to the missus, this morning she woke up with a spring in her step, she opened the curtains beaming and took a deep breath. It was like the cloud of oppression that had rested over her head for the last few months had suddenly dispersed.

As she walked into the bathroom she said “Don’t forget to ring your Mum and Grandma today because we all, including my Mum, are taking you to Halo and Ellis at weekend so you can try on Wedding Suites whiles us women all decide what you look best in” I’m sure I heard her snigger but couldn’t be sure and dare not comment.

Got to agree though yesterday was something special, I was on my favourite pool as it came light and went back to it to watch darkness fall. It was a pleasure to be out, we have one of the most beautiful underrated Salmon rivers right on our front door and we all should feel privileged to have access to it.

I’m already dreaming of next season but with the Wedding and Honeymoon in July/August 2011 I don’t think I’ll have as much time spare time as this season. That said I did strategically arrange things to ensure all wedding activities would be complete before September thus leaving the final two months free.

I did suggest a Honeymoon to a lovely little place called “The Kola Peninsular” she looked at me all innocently and said I’ve never heard of that place, I’ll Google it” after which she slapped me……so we settled for Cuba….No Salmon there she said!

I said I know that but laughed under my breath I said to myself but there are Bonefish and Tarpon…….
 
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I've got to disagree, its been a great season, maybe not for catching but overall numbers of fish has been the most I have ever seen. In June for instance I saw huge numbers in the lower river and these seemed to keep coming right until the end of the season. Yes the counter figures will give us an over all run size, I expect the Hodder run to be especially large.

Interesting to hear about large numbers on Big Ribble. We certainly didn't have as many fish this year as last on Little Ribble and I'm sure the Waddow figures will back that up. Presumably the majority of fish are running up the Hodder or maybe just running straight throught the little Ribble? Could the hatchery have anything to do with the Hodder numbers?

I thought the seatrout numbers were down this year but looking at my diary I only had 1 less than last year. I did have 2 big fish last year though...
 

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Late show of fish on the upper Ribble

I don't fish for salmon very often these days but I would say the fish finally arrived in numbers in the upper Ribble during the last week of the season when the water arrived. Not many being caught by most anglers but plenty being seen (often running hard), including a couple of very fresh fish on the last day. Most fish seen and caught in the 5 to 9 lb range but a few larger ones. Fingers crossed for a good spawning year.
 

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Flies.

For those of you who have sent cheques to me to join the Ribble Trust thank you and the special fly will be with you sometime next week. I have tied up a dozen, so that's good, but the offer still stands to any one else who thinks they can't catch salmon on fly, with this fly its easy:D
R.R.
 

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For those of you who have sent cheques to me to join the Ribble Trust thank you and the special fly will be with you sometime next week. I have tied up a dozen, so that's good, but the offer still stands to any one else who thinks they can't catch salmon on fly, with this fly its easy:D
R.R.

Fred is this for this season or next years ?
 

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Fred is this for this season or next years ?

Paul.
I'm sincerely hoping its for next year as this year is coming to an end and I don't know when their subs are due
I'm sure that either Dave (Wilbert) or Jack Spees the Trust director will advise on this point
Fred.
 

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For those of you who have sent cheques to me to join the Ribble Trust thank you and the special fly will be with you sometime next week. I have tied up a dozen, so that's good, but the offer still stands to any one else who thinks they can't catch salmon on fly, with this fly its easy:D
R.R.
Fred
I know i don't often fish this fine river ( only on exchange ticket from tebay anglers). I took an exchange ticket for 1 day this year and caught an absolute bar of silver from the middle reaches.I would really like to contribute to this so how much do you require from me?( the fly tickles my fancy also!;))
Many Thanks
Rob
 

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I know i don't often fish this fine river ( only on exchange ticket from tebay anglers). I took an exchange ticket for 1 day this year and caught an absolute bar of silver from the middle reaches.I would really like to contribute to this so how much do you require from me?( the fly tickles my fancy also!;))
Many Thanks
Rob

Hi Rob.
Thanks for your support, well worth it to support the Ribble after having a lovely fish like that which on your ticket exchanges which Tebay enjoy with both Ribblesdale and RADAC cost you nothing.
Your £15 will support all the excellent work being done by the Trust to improve the river. You will not only receive a great fly but will become a member of the Trust for the next season.
Please post me a cheque off for £15 made out to The Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust with your name and address and I will make sure they make you a member.

Post to. Mr F.Higham
99 Waddington Rd.
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BB7 2HN
and thanks again
Fred.
 
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Updates.

First and foremost.
Those of you who have joined the Ribble Trust should have by now received that Ribble fly. Two more new members I have received details of today including Boo. I will tie up your flies tomorrow thanks again.
I must rectify a typing error The fly is tied on a Salar silver double size 9 and not as I have typed a 13 ( don't know where this came from, thinking of other things I suppose).

Fishy news.
For those of you who are interested in the numbers of fish which have run this season I have the counter figures now for October There were 1234 fish went through the Waddow counter, 634 through Winkley on the Hodder and 205 through the counter up at Locks.

I have compared these with the total in 2009 and 2008 on the Ribble
We are 448 fish short of the 2009 total up to the end of October and 810 short of the 2008 total. Most of the fish in October came through on the waters during the last week of the month.
I have not done the comparison for the Hodder as yet but according to the counter figures for the season far more fish ran this tributary than the Ribble itself.
We have all been interested and kept asking how the nets have done this season, expecting them to have had a bumper season. Not according to their declared catch records. The five netsmen declared they caught just 95 salmon for a total weight of 968 lbs and 50 sea trout for a weight of 359 lbs.
R.R.
 

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The five netsmen declared they caught just 95 salmon for a total weight of 968 lbs and 50 sea trout for a weight of 359 lbs.
R.R.

That gives average weights of approx 10lb 3oz for the salmon and 7lb 3oz for the sea trout, thats providing the figures are correct;)
 

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First and foremost.
Those of you who have joined the Ribble Trust should have by now received that Ribble fly. Two more new members I have received details of today including Boo. I will tie up your flies tomorrow thanks again.
I must rectify a typing error The fly is tied on a Salar silver double size 9 and not as I have typed a 13 ( don't know where this came from, thinking of other things I suppose).

Fishy news.
For those of you who are interested in the numbers of fish which have run this season I have the counter figures now for October There were 1234 fish went through the Waddow counter, 634 through Winkley on the Hodder and 205 through the counter up at Locks.

I have compared these with the total in 2009 and 2008 on the Ribble
We are 448 fish short of the 2009 total up to the end of October and 810 short of the 2008 total. Most of the fish in October came through on the waters during the last week of the month.
I have not done the comparison for the Hodder as yet but according to the counter figures for the season far more fish ran this tributary than the Ribble itself.
We have all been interested and kept asking how the nets have done this season, expecting them to have had a bumper season. Not according to their declared catch records. The five netsmen declared they caught just 95 salmon for a total weight of 968 lbs and 50 sea trout for a weight of 359 lbs.
R.R.

Hi, Fred,
thanks for posting the count numbers, i thought this would be the case, why the fish decided to run on the last week is a mystery and it seems it is happening on the Blackwater also, It isnt like we didnt have realy superb water all through out the end of september and october. It just shows that having an Improving river Hodder is such a great thing for Ribble anglers below three rivers and maybe this is why a few anglers had such a good season but many did not.I only had the one from the ribble and that was down to many many hours along with alot of other anglers also.

It is hearting thoe as the hodder is a beatiful river, an interesting point that Dave puts , the nets men must of had either a lot of lunkers or a high average weight per fish. to get thoes figures.
Be interesting to look at novembers/ decembers figures.
 

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What are the total numbers of salmon through for the whole season compared with total numbers in 2008 and 2009?

Hi Jack.
I am calling in to the Trust office after lunch to pass you the new members details etc Another has come in this morning with a very generous donation of £25 ( many thanks Michael)

The total number of fish through Waddow ( up to the end of October) this season is 4360 in 2009 it was 4808 and in 2008 it was 5170
 

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Hi Rob.
Thanks for your support, well worth it to support the Ribble after having a lovely fish like that which on your ticket exchanges which Tebay enjoy with both Ribblesdale and RADAC cost you nothing.
Your £15 will support all the excellent work being done by the Trust to improve the river. You will not only receive a great fly but will become a member of the Trust for the next season.
Please post me a cheque off for £15 made out to The Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust with your name and address and I will make sure they make you a member.

Post to. Mr F.Higham
99 Waddington Rd.
Clitheroe.
Lancs.
BB7 2HN
and thanks again
Fred.

Fred
Sorry for the delay! Cheque in the post tonight with stamped envelope and a short note as stated with my name and address.
Many Thanks
Rob
 

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Just like to say a big thankyou to Fred for the very nice 'secret weapon': I can't wait now for the chance to unleash it next season.
But can you believe this,,,,,,,,:eek: I had to go all the way to the sorting office and pay an extra £1.10 because it was deemed a large parcel.
Fred knows how 'large' this parcel (envelope) was and I would be curious to know if any other secret weapon recipients have been charged the same amount.
Fred remains completely blameless and had I not suspected what was in the 'large parcel' I would have told them to stick it.
 

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Just like to say a big thankyou to Fred for the very nice 'secret weapon': I can't wait now for the chance to unleash it next season.
But can you believe this,,,,,,,,:eek: I had to go all the way to the sorting office and pay an extra £1.10 because it was deemed a large parcel.
Fred knows how 'large' this parcel (envelope) was and I would be curious to know if any other secret weapon recipients have been charged the same amount.
Fred remains completely blameless and had I not suspected what was in the 'large parcel' I would have told them to stick it.

Mike
Sorry about that and to any others who have also been RIPPED OFF by the Royal Mail. I naively though that a first class stamp would have, and should have, covered the postage.
What do they go off size or weight?The envelope was a standard envelope measuring 9x4 containing one small fly tied on a double hook and one A4 sheet as a thank you letter. I would have thought both the weight and size would have been covered by a first class stamp.
My apologies again.
Fred.
 

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don't worry about it Fred,, I'm sure its just down to a Jobsworth at Rochdale sorting office. I did kick off a bit but he said 'it contained something, therefore it was large mail'
Unbelievable!
 
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