Opens up early on the river on 15th January and although not for the faint hearted, this month can offer the salmon angler a chance of catching a 'springer'. Fish are caught on the opening day and whilst less numerous than their later running cousins these fish are invariably in pristine condition.
End of February into March sees the beginning of true spring with trees starting to bud heavily and the water temperature beginning to rise steadily. With the increased temperatures and the longer daylight hours, salmon start moving more readily upstream and lower Eden beats should begin to enjoy increased catches.
The warm weather months of June, July and August bring sustained runs of fish which means they have become very popular amongst Eden anglers due to the simple fact that some excellent fishing can be enjoyed for very reasonable prices and is readily accessible. There is great potential for good sport throughout the system but like most rivers a falling spate brings fish in from the estuary.
Autumn fishing draws visiting anglers to cast a fly for its famous run of big back-end fish. This is the time of year when the river can be literally stuffed full of migratory fish heading for the upper reaches of the river system to pair-up and spawn.
The runs of fish increase steadily from August through to October; given fresh water good sport can be had at any beat in the system. Runs of sea trout make their way up the river at this time, though the
principle quarry is the top-quality autumn salmon.
A spring salmon caught on the Eden.
A summer grilse.