The Wyresdale Angling Association controls about seven miles of the shallow river for members only. The Garstang and District Angling Association has about four miles of good mixed fishing, and permits are available from the tackle dealer in Garstang. The Ribble and Wyre Fishing Association has water on the right bank downstream, and other water at Wild Boar Farm, Great Ecclestone, and a stretch of nearly three miles from Fishery Field and below the bridge at St Michael’s on Wyre. Permits are available from G Jones in Preston, or from Bridge Cottage, St Michael’s, where permits can also be obtained for day-ticket fishing on a mile of good float water from St Michael’s Bridge to Great Eccleston on both banks, and controlled by the St Michael’s Angling Association. From the toll bridge for five miles to the sea at Knott End is free fishing. The River Ribble is the area’s longest river, running more than 50 miles from its Pennine source high on Cam Fell in Yorkshire. It has been called everybody’s river, being claimed both by industrial towns and by some superb farming country. A historic river crossed by the Romans and by Cromwell’s Model Army on its way to the Battle of Preston in 1648, it is also a very important North-West fishery famed these days for the superb quality roach in its middle reaches in par-ticular. In 1976 it yielded a magnificent 8lb chub. A roach of 2½lb has been caught with a number over 2lb recorded, and a 13lb trout.
A river of great looping horseshoe bends, the Ribble is the troutman’s domain above Settle. The best sea trout fishing is Mitton Fishery in the middle sections, owned by the North West Water Authority.