Rod license- As well as an Angling Passport ticket, you also need an Environment Agency rod licence to be able to fish our beats. You can buy one from the Post Office in person or online at the Post Office

More fishing- Our Angling Passport tickets can also be used on other catchments around the UK where rivers trusts are operating the scheme, including Eden Rivers Trust, Trent Rivers Trust, Severn Rivers Trust, and Westcountry Rivers Trust

River levels- The featured gauge map is currently displaying the river levels on the Mitton Beat- to view the river levels at other location please click here. 

Fishing equipment and clothing- John Norris of Penrith is one of the largest and oldest game fishing & country clothing retailer in the UK, specialising in fly fishing tackle, country clothing, footwear & dog products. Ribble Rivers Trust supporters receive a 15% discount. Visit their website for more information.

Fishing tuition and guides- AAPGAI instructors based in the Ribble Valley:

Jim Fearne :Masters Level AAPGAI in both Trout and Salmon disciplines. Phone 07875 174294 or email jamesfearn@tiscali.co.uk

David Moore: Advanced AAPGAI instructor. Phone 07780 992970 or email davidmooreloop@btinternet.com

Stuart Minnikin: APGAI & L2CCA Qualified, England International & Endorsed by Hardy Greys Academy. Phone 07761 762660 or  email stuart@yorkshire-dales-flyfishing.com

Tourism- While you’re visiting check out what else there is to do in and around the catchment visit Forest of Bowland and Visit Lancashire websites.


Accommodation- Planning a longer visit? We can recommend a stay at the Spread Eagle Inn at Sawley.

An unassuming but attractive coaching Inn nestling within the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the Ribble Valley.  On one side of the building flows the River Ribble, on the other are the remains of the C12th Cistercian Sawley Abbey, and from a distance the magnificent and brooding Pendle Hill casts its shadow.

Open all day serving food and hand pulled ales, the Spread Eagle is truly at the heart of its community.  The dining room has delightful views and serves delicious award winning food and, with one of the loveliest function rooms in the area and seven luxury bedrooms, the Spread Eagle is a jewel in the crown of the Ribble Valley!

Other links- Environment Agency, The Rivers Trust, Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, and PINPOINT project

The Angling Passport scheme has been set up and supported by;


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.