The River Wyre
Rising in the Forest of Bowland, the Wyre is a spate river which, in its higher reaches above Garstang, is renowned primarily for its game fishing. Owing to the sandy nature of the river bed the water is generally of a whiskey colour, but clear and, in some sections , fast flowing. The club waters stretch from south of Garstang to the St. Michaels road bridge and provide excellent, wild coarse fishing with a natural head of wild brown trout, migratory trout and salmon.
The Kippax Length members only
Stretching from just south of Garstang and reaching almost to the confluence with the River Calder, this water is restricted to members only. The upper third is thickly wooded and is best fished by wading while the rest is more open and there is plenty of open bank space for more traditional methods of float fishing and legering. It may generally be regarded as wall to wall chub with some excellent specimens up to 4lbs.+, roach, dace, specimen size perch and bream, good fly fishing for trout in spring and early summer, and runs of sea trout and salmon.
A 15 inch brown trout taken on a Woodcock and Hare Lug Spider from Kippax
2lb. 9oz. perch from Kippax
The lower Kippax stretch is easily reached by parking opposite the junction of the A6 and the Blackpool Road as is shown in the picture below. After parking, walk down the farm path to a gate on the right which has a club notice and lock. The code is on your licence. Other entrances are on the A6 going towards Lancaster. Park on the grass kerb but do not block the gates. Take great care to always close gates on Kippax.
Stretching downstream from the A6 bridge for about a quarter mile, this stretch is reasonably comfortable to fish despite steep banks and thick vegetation. It is easily waded and there are several bankside positions favoured by local anglers; you just have to find them. This stretch provides some of the best chub fishing with fish to five pounds and over. These are superbly fit and will really test your tackle as they blast towards the bankside shrubbery. Pike are found in some of the large pools and grow well into double figures. Aside from the ever present game fish, you may hook into perch or eels but the wonderful roach fishing of the 1960’s seem to have faded into oblivion.
A five pound chub from the Bracken stretch June
A productive pool on the Bracken stretch
At 4.25 lbs. the largest of 5 chub of over 3.5lbs. from the above pool on Bracken
Bracken may be reached by parking at the Kippax car parking area or in the side road leading off the A6 bridge. Take care not to block residents’ drives. See picture:
Another alternative is to use the church car park at St. Helen’s Church, Churchtown, but not on Sundays!! From here you cross the river by the bridge and walk upstream via the footpath till you come to a large bend and the upstream limit of Warrington Anglers marked by a sign on a tree.
The Fiddleneck stretch
A delightful stretch for the ardent coarse fisherman with good bank side access and a variety of quarry. Here you will find chub and dace and, at times, some superb river bream going in to double figures. Pike thrive and there is always the chance of a good perch or even a carp.
10lb. Bream Fiddleneck February
23lb.pike Fiddleneck March
Another stretch very popular with float fishermen. All the main species are present including spectacular shoals of bream and quite a few brown and sea trout. Any worm offerings will, however , be gladly accepted by the numerous flounders present!
Fly fishing for pike is great fun on the Wyre. Hornby's July
Please note that the Hornby's stretch is for members only and that day ticket holders may only fish upstream of the brick measuring station shown in the picture.
New fishing hudsons beat members only
the new beat is adjacent to the Hudson’s Farm Fishery and has already been marked out and sign-posted by Barrie. Follow the Rawcliffe Road from St. Michaels to the road sign of Hudson’s and park in the layby. The beat stretches some distance to the next layby. Give it a go, the only thing you will need extra is a long-handled landing net to avoid standing in mud at low tide.
Maps of fishing on the River Wyre:
The River Lune: Killington stretch
Lune members only
Lune membership of the St. Michael’s Angling club entitles members to fish this excellent stretch of Game fishing water. The pools hold native brown trout and all the salmon and sea trout travelling up the Lune towards Tebay have to pass through. This water is generally the preserve of the expert worm fisher and spinner owing to the rocky nature of the pools. Local knowledge is at a premium, but a thorough approach should bring success. The agile fly fisher with a short single handed rod and, for migratory fish, a fast sinking line to combat the fierce flow may also spring a few surprises!
There is a car park for members who must take great care with gates. There are usually a number of bullocks in the field which appear harmless but I tend to give any large bulls a wide berth! The whole stretch is over a mile in length and is very lightly fished at present.