The scheme is operated through a unique token payment system, allowing anglers to access any of the beats when they want and without the need to contact anyone beforehand. Within the scheme there is a choice of venues which offer chances to fish small, challenging rivers and streams typical to Lancashire. These streams contain a variety of species including trout, grayling, chub, and dace.

The tokens can be used with many of the schemes throughout the country, resulting in a vast choice of fishing available through the scheme.

Tokens cost £2.50 each and are supplied in books of 5 or 10. The tokens are valid for any beat but can only be used once. Tokens come in two parts – the first part is posted in a marked letterbox, located near or adjacent to the designated parking place, at the start of the day’s fishing. The second part is a catch return to be posted in the same letterbox at the end of the day’s fishing.

Beats are rated according to their quality, ease of fishing and species of fish and cost between 2 and 6 tokens. Please make sure you complete a catch return (and post it in the token box) as this data is essential for monitoring the health of these rivers and provides useful information for other anglers. Tokens are only valid until the end of the year of purchase, and cannot be refunded.

Once you have bought your tokens you are free to fish at any time within the fishing season, the season start and end dates differ depending on what it is you are fishing for. The details of the various fishing seasons are below. These dates apply to all out beats with the exception of Mitton; the details of which are also below.

Sea Trout:  1st April – 30th September
Brown Trout:  15th March – 30th September
Salmon: 1st February – October 31st (catch & release up to 15th June)
Coarse Fish:  16th June – 14th March

Mitton (read these supplementary Environment Agency rules);
Game angling season: 15th March to 31st October
Coarse and Grayling season 1st November to 14th March

There are four ways to purchase tokens:

1. On this website, click on ‘buy tokens‘.

2. Through the post by sending a cheque to the Trust’s office payable to: Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust Ltd.

3. From Mitton Hall Kennels, Mitton Hall Cottages, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ.
Open Monday to Saturday 8.30 – 12.00 and 1.00pm – 5.00pm.
Sunday 9.00am – 4.00pm.
Bank Holidays 9.00am – 2.00pm

4. From Padiham Angling Centre, 17 Church Street, Padiham, BB12 8HF.
Open Monday to Thursday 8.00-17.00
Friday 8.00-17.30
Saturday 8.00-16.00
Sunday 8.00-12.00


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

Please note that, following Government guidelines and the fact UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, Ribble Rivers Trust are taking precautions, and making changes to our day to day operations.

Some Ribble Rivers Trust staff are now working from home. If you wish to speak to a specific member of staff and you know their mobile phone number or email address please contact them in this way. Otherwise please contact us in the usual way.

Volunteer event cancellations

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that we announce that we are postponing all volunteer activity with Ribble Rivers Trust. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, including the positive boost to mental and physical health, the chance to meet others and contribute positively to your local area. However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the most recent Government advice – asking everybody in the UK to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and medicine – we feel that continuing to include volunteers in the limited work we are able to do now would put people at unnecessary risk and be irresponsible. We all want to improve and protect our environment and rivers, but to do that we need to stay healthy and this must be our priority for the time being. We will continue to keep you up to date with the work we are able to do and will organise new volunteer days as soon as we possibly can. Please stay connected with us over the coming weeks and keep yourselves safe and well.

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for up to date information and guidance.

We will come through this and our environment and rivers will still need you, let’s make sure we’re all ready for it when the time comes.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Spees.