Lune Rivers Trust manages three fishing beats at the bottom of the River Lune, which are owned by the Environment Agency. In return for managing these beats, the Environment Agency assigns any fees from the purchase of fishing permits for these 3 beats to Lune Rivers Trust. Apart from a small admin fee for the online booking platform, these fees are used exclusively to fund LRT activities which are of direct benefit to the angling community. For example, this year fishing permit fees received in 2019 & 2020 were used to replace LRT’s disabled fishing platform (which was destroyed in flooding).
We would like to strongly encourage all anglers (not just those fishing LRT’s beats) to submit a catch return at the completion of your day’s fishing. Your catch returns provide invaluable information to help the EA, the angling associations, and LRT to assess the health of fish stocks on the River Lune system. Considering the current state of salmon stocks, this information is more valuable than ever.
We are using the ‘ibookfishing’ online system for managing bookings for our three fishing beats. Below is a calendar from ibookfishing which shows the availability of each of the beats. Also below is a description of each beat, along with the link to make a booking through ibookfishing.
Coarse fishing is also available on these three beats. This can be booked through the links to individual beats. We also offer an annual coarse fishing permit, which covers all three LRT-managed beats, at the cost of £50. This offers an attractive cost saving for enthusiastic coarse anglers. The link to purchase one of these annual permits is: https://www.ibookfishing.com/booking.php?mode=reserve&calendar=10247&resource_id=11673
Halton Top Beat
Halton top beat has long slow deep pools, which are not suited to salmon fly fishing except in high water. It is a very good high water beat and many fish are caught in spinning when other beats are not fishable. Salmon can be caught on the fly during high flows, as the river levels fall shrimp fishing is more successful. Fly-fishing for sea trout at night works well.
There are twelve rods available daily. Left bank from 50 metres above forge weir to Escow Beck. Salmon fly and artificial lure only until June 16th this is a regional byelaw, all legal methods thereafter. Coarse fishing is available on this beat between the 1st of November and the 14th of March. Parking is available in the Hermitage car park on the Halton road. No wading or fishing beyond the central line of the river on the Halton beats.
Bookings to fish Halton Top Beat can be made through the Ibookfishing website using the following link: https://www.ibookfishing.com/booking.php?mode=reserve&calendar=10247&resource_id=11478
Halton Lower Beat
Halton Lower beat has three main holding pools which all fish the fly well. There are eight rods available daily. Left bank – from Denny Beck upstream to a point 50yds below forge weir. Fly only, except when the water level is over 15 inches on the gauge at Halton Toll Bridge, and then all legal methods are allowed. Fly only before June 16th. Parking is available adjacent to Denny Beck bridge on the Millennium Cycleway. No wading or fishing beyond the central line of the river on the Halton beats excepting the area between Old Halton Toll Bridge and Halton Weir.
Bookings to fish Halton Lower Beat can be made through the Ibookfishing website using the following link: https://www.ibookfishing.com/booking.php?mode=reserve&calendar=10247&resource_id=11479
Both banks from marker post in the tidal area below Carlisle Bridge, upstream to Howe Ghyll Beck. The area below Skerton Weir is tidal and has some excellent fly water with the Area below the weir between the black and white and red and white marker posts fly only. No fishing is allowed between the black and white marker posts and weir,standing above the marker posts to fish or from the weir itself, all legal methods are allowed on other areas of this beat. There are six rods available to salmon and trout anglers daily. Coarse angling is allowed above Skerton Weir. Parking is available on riverside roads, opposite Kingsway centre and Lansil Industrial Estate.
Bookings to fish Halton Lower Beat can be made through the Ibookfishing website using the following link: https://www.ibookfishing.com/booking.php?mode=reserve&calendar=10247&resource_id=11462