Ribblesdale Angling Assocation



How much is it to join Ribblesdale Angling Association?

The current annual membership fee is £270 which can be spread over 8 monthly instalments. There is also an initial joining fee of £280. Alternatively you can join our Nappa Syndicate on the upper Ribble for £230 pa with no joining fee. Please note that these rates are for the 2019 season and are reviewed annually.

Is there a waiting list to join RAA?

There is currently a waiting list to join RAA of approximately 1-2 years. It is difficult to predict accurate timescales however as this depends on the number of existing members who leave each year. There is currently a small number of places available for next season in our Nappa Syndicate – normally Nappa members are given first option to join RAA the year after joining, so this can be a good way of ‘leapfrogging’ the waiting list.

If you wish to apply for membership, you can do so by clicking on the ‘Apply for Membership’ link here where you will be given the option of applying for membership to join RAA, Nappa Syndicate or both if you wish to keep your options open. Your application will then be automatically placed on our waiting list.

What waters could I fish as a member of RAA?

As a member of RAA you will have a wide range of fishing available to enjoy. This includes:

  • River Ribble: Three miles near Clitheroe, from Low Moor upstream to West Bradford – including the well-known pool at Waddow Weir
  • River Ribble: Grindleton and Sawley we have one bank of three excellent pools
  • River Ribble: Nappa between Gisburn and Long Preston. Outstanding wild trout and grayling fishing, plus the chance of a late-run salmon in autumn.
  • Rivers Ribble and Calder: Hacking Hall fishing – including the large holding pool for Salmon and Sea-trout at Calder Foot, 
  • River Hodder: approx. 1 mile of single bank fishing at Higher Hodder bridge 

In addition to the waters we control directly, we also have a reciprocal 2 rod daily exchange arrangement with Settle Anglers on the Ribble and Tebay Anglers on the Upper Lune.

Further north we share with our friends from Bowland Game Fishing Association a lovely beat on the River Liddle, the main tributary of the Border Esk which enters the Solway Firth

We can also offer stillwater trout fishing via concessionary arrangements with Barnsfold and Stocks Reservoirs. Full details of our fishing are described here including maps of the various beats. 

Are day tickets available?

We do not offer day tickets.

Can members bring guests?

Each member is allowed one guest ticket each season – however additional guest tickets are issued in recognition of members helping with club activities such as working parties.

Do you allow junior members?

Young people up to the age of 16 years old may share a member’s rod on all our waters provided that they are accompanied by a member at all times as the member will be responsible for the child’s safety. 

Do you allow course fishing?

RAA is primarily a fly fishing club targeting game fish i.e. salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling. However members are allowed to target course fish using alternative methods provided this is in line with specific requirements as described in the member’s handbook.

What are the rules on Catch and Release?

RAA takes its conservation responsibilities very seriously. We have a strict rule that only one salmon per season is allowed to be taken. However it is the club’s policy, given the decline in runs of salmon, that all anglers are encouraged to return all salmon landed.

Only four trout may be taken in any one day. Trout less than 10 inches must be returned to the water. 

How many members are there in RAA?

We have approximately 120 members.

Are there any other benefits of RAA membership?

Our website is generally regarded as being one of the best in the north west and includes such facilities as: 

  • Webcams showing water levels at various points on the Ribble
  • A Members Forum which provides an opportunity to exchange information and share views on a range of topics
  • Maps of our waters
  • Real time weather reports


  • Automatic membership of the Ribble Rivers Trust
  • Annual dinner including prize-giving and grand raffle