Grayling Fishing on the River Eden
Grayling fishing on the River Eden in Cumbria can be exceptional at times. These hard fighting game fish are not indigenous to the Eden system, they were introduced in the late 1800's and they are now well established throughout the river.
Eden grayling grow extremely fast compared to those on many other waters. They reach a length of around 40cm in their third year. On average they reach about 1½lb in their short life span, but many 2 to 3lb fish are caught each season
Although they are often encountered through the summer months when we are Trout fishing. It is from August through to March when they usually appear in good numbers on the Eden. They come into their prime during the cooler waters of winter. Therefore it is from the end of the trout season on the 30th September that we really concentrate our efforts on 'The lady of the stream'
The good numbers of grayling give many Eden stalwarts the opportunity to fish throughout the year. There is no need to pack away your tackle once the Trout season is over. Fishing for grayling gives you the chance to extend your season.
Guided grayling fishing and tuition for the beginner or improver is available. Access to some exceptional Eden beats is available throughout the winter months from October to March.
To catch Grayling consistently throughout the year you will need the full range of techniques. I can help you with these techniques and for the more experienced, there is guided fishing on some excellent beats on the River Eden.
Grayling are often caught using conventional techniques like Dry fly and North country spiders. In the cooler waters of winter when there is a lack of food at the surface, they tend to drop a touch deeper in the water. They then search for food on the river bed. It is at this time when the fish can be harder to locate and the angler has to employ methods top get our offerings down to them. Methods like the 'Czech' or 'Rolled' nymph using heavy nymphs or 'bugs'. The Grayling season is from June 16th - March 14th
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 : https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences - If you are visiting from abroad, I can organise your licence for you if required.