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.
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.