Thursday, 22 March 2012

River Eden

Just spent a very pleasant morning on the lower Eden with my good friend and fellow AAPGAI casting instructor Bob Sherwood. River levels are still a little low but it was an absolutely beautiful spring morning.
Bob, who is also the secretary of AAPGAI and partner in the Halstead and Bolton destination fishing agency, had travelled up from Kent and dropped in for a quick few casts ahead of the AAPGAI assessment meeting at Cockermouth this weekend. It also gave us the chance to talk through plans for some international freshwater and saltwater trips and I’ll hopefully be hosting some trips for H&B over the coming year, so watch this space.

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Fishing down one of my favourite pools, Bob had a strong pull on a Spring Boyo but, alas, it didn’t stick. We fished through until the effects of the high tide held up the flow, when, right on cue, a hatch of brook duns, large darks and not seen for quite a few years now March browns started and the trout began to rise.
After a swift coffee, we changed over to the trout rod and managed a few lovely wild trout on dry flies during the hatch. A lovely, relaxing morning before we both get  into the serious business of conducting assessments for aspiring AAPGAI instructors.
Do check out the new Halstead and Bolton website, by the way, and have a look at the great destinations these guys have in their portfolio. It’s enough to tempt even me away from the Eden occasionally.