Trout & Salmon (UK) - - England -

WITH RUNS of spring, sum­mer and au­tumn salmon, ex­cel­lent wild brown trout stocks and a good run of sum­mer sea-trout, the River Eden is one of Eng­land’s finest game-fish­ing rivers. For the win­ter rod, its good head of grayling – with plenty of fish over 1lb – pro­vides great sport in the colder months.


The early days of the sea­son give the salmon an­gler the chance of a bright springer while there is still snow on the fells. Given the right con­di­tions, fish can be caught from open­ing day on Jan­uary 15 and through Feb­ru­ary and March. In re­cent years the spring run on the Eden has been good, and with a day’s fish­ing start­ing from £25 it is well worth vis­it­ing at this time of year. As the tem­per­a­tures rise through June, July and Au­gust the sum­mer fish start to ap­pear and, with suf­fi­cient wa­ter, fish can be caught through­out the mid­dle beats. As is true on most rivers, a fall­ing spate gen­er­ally brings the most suc­cess. The prices for fish­ing tend to rise in au­tumn, which re­flects the in­creased chance of con­nect­ing with a fish on any beat.


The prime months for sea-trout fish­ing tend to be June and July. It is then that fresh fish are en­ter­ing the river in good num­bers. In high wa­ter, fish­ing dur­ing the day can be prof­itable, but these con­di­tions are rare in an av­er­age sum­mer when low flows make night fish­ing the best ap­proach.

Brown trout

Fish­er­men travel to the Eden from all over the UK in the hope of catch­ing one of its spec­i­men brown trout. The rich feed­ing in the river means that fish weigh­ing up to 5lb are of­ten caught, though fish of 1lb-2lb are more com­mon. Hatches are at their best ei­ther early or late in the year, with the best trout­fish­ing beats found on the mid­dle and up­per river. The wood­land, gorges and Lake­land back­drop pro­vide stun­ning scenery.


River Eden grayling can ri­val the river’s trout for size, although an av­er­age fish is a lit­tle over 1lb. As with the trout fish­ing, it is the mid­dle and up­per beats that pro­vide the best fish­ing, with some day tick­ets avail­able for as lit­tle as £10.

Good con­di­tions for a bright spring fish on the River Eden at War­wick Hall.

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