The weather is certainly warming up at last. Good hatches of Grannom around the mid-day period along with many olives and the odd false March Brown. In the more sheltered pools out of the south westerly wind that has a little nip to it the rises are good.
Quite an improvement in salmon numbers now entering the Eden, every tide there are signs of running fish. The largest salmon so far to the fly being seventeen pounds and there have been several in the low teens also. Herling starting to come and sea trout to around three pound are now making a presence which is always a welcome sign.
Out on the river with Heidi Williams for two days, what a wonderful time it was with great weather and copious amounts of enthusiasm. A strange time it was fish-wise, in the morning they were full on and by late lunch sulking!
The river was in great order and so was the Spey casting.
An absolute pleasure!
I received a lovely letter from Dave Hollick today,
I am Dave Hollick and I fish Mr Carr's Crosby beat on the Eden
most Thursdays with my father Frank Hollick, who has fished
there for over 20 yrs.
However I live in Edinburgh, so I am an avid
reader of your blog to try and keep up to date with
what is happening. I hope the following is of interest
and also to try and redress the information flow just a
little bit; Australia 1 England 1
I took my daughter's partner, Derek Detheridge fishing
for thefirst time on Thursday 2.5.13, they were visiting
My father was gillie for the day.
Derek had never fished for salmon before so I started him off
in Crosby pool with a flying C, no luck. After lunch he
15 foot rod and after an hour in Hall stream was starting to
fly rod, to try to get a take for Derek to play - no luck.
Then Derek followed me down and after 20 mins he was into a fish
- no it was the bottom. however 5 minutes later, about 2.30pm.
Another shout from Derek "I really do think it is a fish this time!
It was a superb 11 lb fresh springer which he eventually
landed with plenty of coaching from the gillie!
The pressure was now on. After half an hour I was lucky
enough to level the score with the first springer I have
caught on the Eden, a fantastic 14 lb fish which
took 15 minutes to land.
Both fish were return in great condition and all 3 of us went home to
celebrate the score draw!