Wed. 30th October 2013
October is drawing to a close and it's at this time of year here up in Lancashire when the Salmon and Sea Trout migrate up the rivers to prepare to spawn in the headwaters and side streams of the River Ribble and it's tributaries. I've been out and about in various locations to get a glimpse of these fish nearly at the end of their journey. Some will survive if the conditions are favourable but many will die after spawning, but the life cycle will have been completed.
The River Ribble Trust has almost completed the river improvements to our local rivers which will enable the fish in the river systems to move up and down the rivers without the impedance of all the impassable obstacles that once stood in their way.
Widening the river channel in Burnley town centre to create resting pools for fish, this section will look similar to the sections already completed lower down the river.
Improvements to Colne water and the construction of a new fish pass
New fish pass and fish counter on the weir on Swanside Beck
The new information board at Barrowford Weir and Fish Pass
Trout leaping up the weir
Finally a short video that gives the feel and atmosphere of the falls .I know it isn't Canada or Alaska but it's the nearest location we have to view these magnificent fish.