I spent this afternoon thrashing the waters of the Ribble without a take, bite, pull or sight of a fish. Are Salmon like buses – nothing for ages and then two at once? I hope so.
After an early start in the office, i escaped mid morning and was on the riverbank by midday. The river was a good 4 feet up and all the usual gravel banks had disappeared under a heavy swirling mass of coloured water. Undeterred i made my way down to the bottom end of the beat and fished the pool there until about 4.30 and then moved up to the next deep pool and fished til light faded at 6.30pm. Whilst i wasnt rewarded with a fish, i thoroughly enjoyed a little solitude in beautiful surroundings.
I re-loaded my reel yesterday with new 15lb mono, as i was finding that the old line was becoming brittle – if i am at some point in the future lucky enough to hook a fish i would be heartbroken to loose it due to my own negligence. I also bought a couple of size 5 sliver mepps – probably the only type of spinner i didnt own. They felt great in the heavy water this afternoon and i think that the big spinning blade helps to keep the hooks free from leaves which are now beginning to become a nuisance as the river is now full of autumn leaves.
Theres not long now til the season ends…………
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ste w says
Hello again mate.
Have you ever heard of the Micker brook which flows through cheadle and joins the mersey. I fish the weirs on there occasionally just using feeder tactics. I’ve had some excellent rainbow and brownies out of there. I remember one time a few years ago i went down there to find it flooded. I thought i had know chance with only having light feeders which would get dragged away but i thought i would have a go anyway since i was there. On my first cast i realised my gear was too light for the conditions, but to my amazement the next thing i know my rod is nearly in the river. After a good scrap i banked what was definitely a PB Rainbow. I didn’t have any scales but i estimate it was betwwen 6 and 7 pound. Anyway after i’d got over the shock i i had another go and caught another around 5 pound. I thought it was going to be a fish a cast after that but unfortunately i stuck it out another hour without a bite but what a days fishing anyway. I never imagined a couple of pinkies on a size 16 hook bobbing about in chocolate coloured water could tempt such beasts. I haven’t had chance to get down there this year with other fishing projects on the go but writing this has made me want to.
I got carried away a bit there, what i was meaning to say is that i have often seen large fish jumping and swimming up the weirs on there i’m not sure wether they are salomon or not but it may be worth a look. There is three weirs along it i have fished all produce trout, and small chub and roach. I had my PB perch out of there too at 2lb 10 oz.
I almost wrote an article myself then he he. If you want to know anymore abot the brook let me know.
Mike Duddy says
I would love to know more about Micker Brook, drop me a message at email@example.com.
Theres only a week of the Salmon season left, so i will be fishing the Ribble rather than the Mersey as the odds of catching a fish are better.
Once November starts i will be fishing much less so will have time to explore some new spots for next year.
I gave the confluence a go last night which is a double back on the Mickerbrook path out from where Cheadle Anglers pool is, I has a couple of Perch out and the best fish I lost the second it came into view, guessing it must of been a considerable sized trout, the water was very clean with a nice sandy floor bed which is apparently a good trout spawning substrate, might explain why there is Perch in there as there was no signs of any Minnows but I could be wrong. Will give the weir pool a go soon as its only around the corner from where I live, I can imagine Chub doing well in parts of that water, looks more like a river in winter, very fast & quite deep in parts.
I imagine fish numbers would make it undesirable to the local river poachers so might remain a good spot for a few hours fishing fun.