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(Last updated: Wednesday 14th November)
River Eden 2018.
It has been a strange month weather-wise so far, it has been a quite cool and wet period. The hatches of dark olive have been sporadic all throughout April, lasting just minutes each time. The grannom have started the last few days in decent numbers and the smaller trout are coming up for them but not the bigger specimens just yet. The trout fishing has not been easy, it would seem that we are around three weeks behind where we should be.
The salmon fishing was going quite well in the first half of the month with some really large fish showing up, since the 18th it has gone quiet.
May has begun with the water dropping off to summer low, with the rising air temperatures the brown trout are now coming to the surface for large dark and grannom. There has been a small run of grilse size fish come in and a few have been caught on the fly especially in the evening with this very bright weather at present.
Certainly quite a few fish have come in this month, with the low water, bright conditions and persistent east wind, early and late fishing is the order of the day. The end of month all hatches have ceased with the conditions making trout fishing difficult. Sea trout numbers are building nicely. No sign of any rain yet.
East winds, bright conditions and low water levels are making any sport difficult, during the evening period the temperature drops like a stone. A couple of small rises of water due to thunder storms but not enough to clear the river bed and what came down was dirty. The salmon fishing remains slow like everywhere else, the salmon numbers are just not there at present. There are fish in the river but they are reluctant to take. The days that are overcast and the wind from the west has proved to be productive with some nice trout and sea trout being caught. The last week of the month is very hot and dry. Quite a few sea trout in the river now, when the full moon subsides with the clear skies it should be good for night fishing. Trout fishing in the daytime is working well with small size flies both wet and dry 18-22 (micro-caddis).
The dry period continues with the river level well below summer height, water temperature now at 70oF and the algae growth becoming a problem with rafts of the stuff drifting down the river from the margins making fishing difficult. Fishing is frustrating with the above problems, there are salmon and sea trout in the pools but with the high temperatures of both the air and water, it is not easy. Rain on the 28th has risen water levels slightly, a lot of salmon now on the move from the lower beats.
Fluctuations of water levels due to rainfall are keeping the salmon moving now with fish on all the beats up to the middle river around Penrith. The water temperature has now dropped from 70oF to 60oF, the fish are now more responsive to a fly than they were before. There has been a good run of grilse this July/August and it is good to see so many salmon about. Trout fishing good during the clearer water spells. Good river levels now are encouraging fish to move, with the lower water temperatures fish are responding well to the fly. A good number of salmon caught this week beginning 20th up to 15 pounds. Good water levels on the lower river the last day of the month, the middle river is now a bit thin, a little rain would get things moving again.
September. A lot of fish holding up below Carlisle at Beaumont and Grinsdale with the low water conditions, both salmon and grilse. The lower beats have had some good sport the first week of the month while
above Carlisle the water level remains a little too low for fish to travel.
The second half of the month, rain has risen the water levels and fish now spreading upstream to all beats below the Eamont. Quite a few fish getting caught to both fly and spinner, most of the salmon are coloured from the summer run, not much sign of any new fish entering the river yet. After the nine foot flood on the 21st/22nd, with the water dropping on the 23rd and clearing with a drop in temperature, fish are moving. There have been salmon caught from Carlisle to waters meet on the Eamont up to eighteen pounds. Fair weather now until the end of the month. 25th, one foot above summer level and clearing.
26th, a very good water, cooling and the fish are coming on the take with that.
30th, low and clear water with the river in pristine condition after the flood, not much in the way of the autumn run yet but plenty of coloured fish in the river.
October. Still plenty of coloured fish being caught up to twenty two pounds and the odd fresh one now, a good water but with storm Callum on the way it could ruin he last few days of the season.
Not all fish are reported unfortunately for whatever reason, so it does not give an accurate assessment of what stock there is in the river at any time.
Any reports or pictures of Eden fish or events, please let me know and I will put them on the pages!
Rob Jolly - 16 pound March the first of the
2016 season for him.
Raymond Bell from Wensleydale with his first ever spring salmon from Warwick Hall on the 11 May 2015.