Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Looking forward to next weekend and catching up with some good friends at -

River levels remain just below summer level for the last week of June and clear. The wind direction is variable with cool winds often coming for the south and north east making for warm and cool spells during the day. When the wind direction is favourable there is plenty of action to both dry and wets on long leaders.

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More grayling are now beginning to show mostly in the half pound bracket which is a good sign after a short absence for whatever reason. The brown trout are fighting fit now and in great shape, not much in the way of hatches during the daylight but there is plenty of surface activity.


The salmon fishing remains slow although there have been a few caught this week up and down the river with a couple at Warwick Hall at around twelve pounds. There are certainly fish in the river, scaling outfits down to a seven weight single handed rods with small flies is much more suitable tactics at present.


Happy Birthday Paul!

The sea trout fishing is just improving all the time now with the low water conditions and overcast mild nights, fish up to six pounds and many in the three pound category are a regular occurrence. The sea trout are responding well to small flies fished just on dusk and then bigger size six singles and two inch tubes in the dark. Very low and clear water conditions persisting with the temperature of the river at 63oF - 17oC, wind from the west the last couple of days of June, the better fishing is to be had very early and late unless cloudy.

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Spent some time with good friends Peter and Steve on the river this week. Both were very well looked after at the Fox and Pheasant in Armathwaite.


The conditions were not easy with very low water and bright sunshine along with variable wind directions from south easterly to north easterly.


Peter a dedicated dry fly advocate even caught fish while sat on a rock much to Steve's amusement!


The wets were working for Steve as well as the dry. The fish at this time of year are really fit and well fed, a one pound fish feels twice its size.


The fish (whilst the wind came from the south) kept coming with many missed and few lost.


Nice casting always helps…


Some decent brown trout….


A few grayling which seem to be making a bit of a comeback…


Even a sea trout on a Tupps Indispensible!


A nice brown trout.


Beautiful surroundings


Good to see you both again Peter and Steve - Happy days!

Friday, 20 June 2014


All Rod Fisheries on the river Eden were requested to implement the following Voluntary Rod Conservation Measures as from Monday of this week when the Spring Salmon byelaw restrictions were lifted. A daily kill limit of 1 salmon per day, a maximum season kill limit of 6 salmon. A daily kill limit of 1 sea trout per day, a maximum season kill of 3 sea trout. All gravid cock and hen fish to be released in a responsible manner, quickly and safely as possible. To find out more details about the measures and the background behind them including the possible development and introduction of a gill tagging system for 2015 go to

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014


The fishing has dramatically improved from late evening onwards, good size brown trout and sea trout three pound plus showing interest. When there are cooler periods during showers in the daytime, the fish are responding very well to both wet and dry flies. Fishing in the faster broken water is quite productive mid-day and the slower glides in the evening a better prospect.


There seems to be a few sea trout moving on dark and also one or two salmon, it would seem that the salmon are more inclined to run during darkness rather than in the daylight with the low clear, warm water.


On the middle river with good friends Matt and Tim this week, the weather was just perfect, although the fishing started well but soon faded as the temperatures rose, the surroundings and good company made up for it.


A couple of Roe deer came down to the waters edge to cool down.



Monday, 9 June 2014


A very slow start the first week of June so far for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Localised showers are giving small lifts of water that do not do anything useful except put a peaty tinge to the river to which the fish are not that keen on. Fly life activity has now gone to both ends of the day, the early and late sessions better for the brown trout with the middle period being difficult.

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Most of the various duck species on the Eden are now with broods and the first young of the Martins are out.


The tides are building again this week of the 9th and hopefully may encourage a few fish in from the estuary, the conditions are very favourable but we are not seeing the numbers of salmon there should be just yet.


The sea trout will come good when the water has cleared of any colour and steadied off to a summer level for the best of the night fishing to happen.