Fly fishing the River Eden
Fly fishing on the River Eden, where I have access to both private and day ticket fishing, can be exceptional at times. This great river flows North West for 90 miles through the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria.
It is recognised throughout the world for providing quality fly fishing for Brown Trout, Grayling and Salmon.
It is a typical 'freestone' river, offering the visiting angler everything from fast shallow and deeper runs, to meandering flats and deeper flows. This gives the 'all round' angler the opportunity to employ a range of different techniques.
The Brown trout season starts on the 15th March. Given favourable conditions, our 'spring olive' The Large Dark Olive (Baetis rhodani) will hatch at the start of the season. This can provide excellent dry fly fishing, if the fish respond well to hatches. If they don't, a team of North Country spiders or the Nymph will often bring results.
These are joined towards the end of the month and in early April by the March Brown (Rithrogena germanica). Our MB's can often bring some good fish on the feed to dries, emergers or the nymph.
Mid to late April brings the fish their first big feed of the year. We normally experience tremendous hatches of our daytime sedge, the Grannom (Brachycentrus subnubilis).
Other species follow on throughout the season. Iron Blue duns and Olive uprights usually make an appearance in May. Blue Winged Olives towards the end of the month and into June.
Many other species of 'upwings' are also present. As are various species of Caddis, stoneflies, midge and terrestrials like the Black Gnat. Falls of Black Gnat can be quite prolific at times. In some years the river can be covered in them day after day in late August and the fish can be seen gorging on them.
The Trout season ends on September 30th. The final month sees a return of the Large Dark Olives and the opportunity to try for some bigger 'back-end' fish on the streamer. These Eden leviathians are not that common. But they're there and if you are prepared work the water with a bait fish imitation you may come across some of the larger specimens that our waters have to offer.
Once the trout season is over we start to concentrate on the Eden's very good population of Grayling. They are now established throughout the Eden and although you will catch them whilst trout fishing - especially early and late season - it is during the winter months when they really come into their own. These hard fighting fish can offer some tremendous sport during the trout closed season and good bags can be had on occasions.
I have or can arrange access to many parts of the River Eden, including some very scenic and private middle Eden beats.
See the PHOTO GALLERY for more images of where we fish and a few catches
Important note :
Don't forget your fishing licence - Any angler aged 12 years or over will need an Environment Agency rod licence. Daily, weekly or seasonal licences are available at post offices or online at : Environment Agency website