News events

Calder Clean Up

In cooperation with the Ribble Rivers Trust, the Club will run a river bank clean up of the River Calder at Martholme on Sunday 12th April 2015. Meet 10.30am Martholme Lane....  Bags and pickers provided.


Big smiles for a big fish

Ian Spencer landed this cracking 5lb sea trout this week end.  Not a bad start to the season mate!


Anti poaching Scheme

In conjunction with most neighbouring angling clubs, Mitre Angling Club now has its own designated anti- poaching officer to help coordinate the Ribble Catchment anti poaching scheme.

The clubs policy of safe vigilance and the reporting of incidents were necessary, assists in the move to reducing poaching on fisheries.



Cant Clough Open Match 2012

This years open competition was well attended despite bad weather conditions leading up to the event. The winner of the NWW Cup along with tackle voucher for £30 was won by Denis Halstead with the longest single fish. The winner of the Cant Clough Open Shield along with a £20 tackle voucher, for longest total length of two fish was Richard Stringman.

A special thank you to all those who braved the weather and made this event one of the highlights of Mitre Angling Club calendar

Denis Halstead receiving the NWW Trophy from chairman Antony Haworth

Richard Stringman receiving the Cant Clough Open Shield from the Chairman.


River Invertebrate Monitoring Workshop

"The Rivers Ribble Trust" have held a number of "The River fly Partnership one day workshops" at there offices in Clitheroe, bringing together anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientist, water quality managers and relevant statutory bodies to increase our knowledge of river fly population and actively conserve their habitat.

A few of our members have attended these free (very informative) workshops, (this recent one held on the 30th June, learning to identify targeted groups such as upwinged flies, caddis flies, stoneflies and freshwater shrimps

also has part of the workshop, attendees are encouraged to take part in the monitoring of selected tributaries of the trust as part of the Anglers Monitoring Initiative.

Should you wishing to take part in similar workshops, please contact Gareth, telephone 01200 444452. email

or visit there blog at

Here we can see some of the workshop attendees practical field sessions learning how to take samples and identifying species.


and in the laboratory



Big trout on the Calder   20.03.2012.

Liam Spencer caught this beautiful trout today on the Calder. Nudging 3lbs 8 ozs. Caught on a dry fly, along with ten or so others the best of which was probably 12ozs. The smaller fish were all in great nick. Good hatch of large dark olives which started early -10.30 and lasted until the sun came out about 2.30.




Environment and Conservation policies    

The club takes great pride in providing the best environment for our members to fish and to retain the quality of our waters. Regular clean ups are carried out by club member volunteers. These clean ups not only improve the quality of our fishing waters but help to promote some of the policies of our club. 

Here you can see clean ups at Helwith Bridge, Grove Lane Padiham, Shuttleworth Mead and Martholme carried out during this spring.




Fly Tying Evening   31.01.12.

Professional fly tier Stuart Bowdin gave an amazing demonstration of fly tying on Subs night. Those of you who missed Stuarts demo will be disappointed I am sure. With the aid of full screen viewing, Stuart demonstrated a selection of wet and dry trout flies, showing some of his amazing techniques and tips. I am sure he has inspired us to get cracking for the new season. Thank you Stuart.



Swanside Beck repairs

On Sunday 20th November a group of volunteers  along with Jack Spees carried out improvement repairs on weir above bridge end farm. Removal of the baffles will assist migrating fish to there spawning grounds. A big thanks to those who took part.



A good day on MAC waters.

 Peter and son Ashley Cook had a days fishing to remember on our waters at Elslack Beck.

 The session on the beck was followed by an evening’s fly fishing on the reservoir where Ashley caught a lovely 5lb 9oz brown trout on a goldhead PT Nymph.

All fish caught were returned unharmed.

That is what I call a good day out, well done.





Paul Proctor Evening 

Paul gave us a fascinating illustrated talk on fly recognition, fly fishing tactics and travels abroad. A good turn out of members along with a raffle helped raise £100 for Help the Heroes. Thank you to all those that supported the event and especially to Paul.

Paul with club chairman Anthony Haworth

Founder member Denis Halstead with Paul




Grayling from the Calder  

Nick Bannister sent in these photos, one of which is a nice conditioned grayling and the other a large brownie, both caught and returned from the Calder.