River Ribble : Skirbeck

River Ribble : Skirbeck

Brief description of fishery:
A mixed fishery on the River Ribble, between Settle and Long Preston. It is one of the few Association waters with salmon and sea trout. The river at this point is mostly sluggish through the deep meanders known locally as the Preston Deeps, but there is one nice reach of faster water for fly fishing.
Left Bank only – the top limit is where the Skir Beck goes under the railway line. Fishing then extends for ~2500m downstream, to the limit sign.
Open for fishing:
– for salmon, from 1st February – 31st October, inclusive.
– for sea trout, from 1st April – 30 September, inclusive.
– for coarse fish, from 16th June – following 14th March, inclusive
– for resident brown trout, from 15th March – 30th September, inclusive.
Catch returns:
NOTE: All salmon & sea trout must be reported to the General Secretary – the simplest way to do this is by filling in the on-line Catch Returns for this water. It’s easy and helps with fishery development so please report all fish species caught. Catch return input can also be done via the members section.
Special rules:
1. Catch and Release for all fish.
2. A second rod may be used for pike fishing only. Only sea dead baits are allowed.
3. Juniors may only fish this fishery, if they are accompanied by an Adult Member.
4. All catches of salmon and sea trout must be reported to the General Secretary, together with all details – simply fill in the online catch return.
5. Spinning is allowed.
6. Shrimps and prawns MUST NOT be used until after 16th June.
8. Keepnets are not allowed until 16th June, when coarse fish may be retained. No grayling are to be put in keepnets.
9. No night fishing


Online Google Maps link:  BCAA Skirbeck fishery

Nearest postcode:
Skirbeck Farm is BD23 4QN

Cars must always be parked in the car park, and the completed permit must be shown on the dashboard of the car. Member Parking Permit here: Member Parking Permit.At a minimum members must show name and membership number on dashboard of vehivle.

Parking is not allowed on the main road or entry area. Anglers not parking in the car park will have their membership withdrawn.

Entry and exit to/from the fishery must only be made by the gate to the car park.
Entry to the fishery is via the stile from the car park only. Under no circumstances should entry be made by the farmer’s gate. Do not climb any walls, but use the stiles in all cases.
Please do not cross the fields, but follow the marked paths.


Water levels:
Level gauge upstream at Penny Bridge (Giggleswick).


  • Pike