Welcome to the web site of Bowland Game Fishing Association

BGFA is one of Lancshire`s premier Associations offering fly-fishing for brown and rainbow trout with salmon and sea trout providing excellent sport from mid-summer onwards. Runs of sea trout usually arrive in North Western rivers from the end of June; salmon tend to run later with July, August, September and October the best months. Spinning for migratory fish is allowed on most beats on a height of water. The club controls extensive river fishing throughout Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders  with excellent fly fishing on the Ribble, Hodder, Lune, Aire, Liddel Water,  and 'the queen of fly-fishing rivers', the Cumbrian Derwent. We are fortunate in that many of our waters are in areas of outstanding natural beauty – the Forest of Bowland, the Lake District National Park, the Ribble and Lune valleys and the Yorkshire Dales. 

                          There`s more to fishing than catching fish


                  Snow on Cumbrian Fells               Sunset in the Hodder Valley



        New Water  2018    The river Lune at Arkholme 


Still-water fly-fishing for rainbow trout is available on the club`s well-stocked reservoir near Blackburn.

For some of our members, particularly in the winter months, the grayling proves a popular quarry with both the Ribble and Hodder holding good numbers of this often neglected fish. With the exception of the Aire, all our waters hold coarse fish which can provide a good excuse for a walk along the banks in winter.

The Association has an active fishing membership of approximately 140. Fishing pressure is light with restrictions as to the number of rods applying on some beats. Interested in membership and fly fishing,click onto Membership.

No matter whether you prefer the challenge of small stream fishing for big, wild brownies, still- water fishing for rainbows, the magic of the sea trout, the pursuit of 'the queen of the river', the grayling, or 'the king of fish', the salmon, there is something for you and ...........

you will always find a welcome from the members.



 10 year average annual catch: brown trout 1918; sea trout 234; grayling 573; salmon 170

                       Local still water produced 789 rainbows



                                           Derwent Salmon and Trout


                                                      Lune Salmon



                                 Two specimen Hodder trout-brown or sea??


For information contact the Chairman (bowlandgfa@btinternet.com)







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