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there are two beats (upper and lower).
Salmon, brown trout, sea trout and
grayling, are the target species here.

The Fishing:
The salmon tend to arrive on the middle river from early April onwards when the water temperature has exceeded 42oF.

Many of the pools are quite wide with decent flow and offer a good swing for the fly, a rod of 14-15' 9/10 is ideal. The average weight for Eden salmon are eight to nine pounds, there are many in the high teens and twenty pound-plus caught every year.

The spring salmon fishing is excellent given the right conditions, the summer period has good runs of salmon and grilse along with sea trout, this is followed by the autumn run from the middle of August through to October 14th when the season ends. Salmon are not that particular about flies and most patterns will suffice, Boyo, Cascade, silver stoat etc, all on 12-15 lb mono.

The brown trout are on the go from the opening on the 15th March when there are prolific hatches of large dark olive, a little later olive uprights and medium olive. Surface fishing is outstanding during these times of emerging olive activity. The Grannom hatch can be blizzard like during April at times and good sedge fishing in the evenings during summer. The average brown tends to run at around the pound and a quarter stamp with some bigger trout of four pounds upwards caught every season.

Successful flies are the simple ones; Klinkhammer, elk hair sedge, pheasant tail nymphs and North Country Spiders like water hen bloa, partridge and yellow/red, all size 14 on a 4-6 wt nine foot outfit. Step down a couple of sizes
during the summer and be prepared to fish into the darkening.
The beats have a good head of grayling which are spread throughout the whole length, a good average weight of over a
pound, with many specimens well over two pounds common. It is the same tactics as for trout during the warmer months and in the winter, fishing a bit closer to the bottom with heavy nymphs to get a result.

There are four access points, two are easily driven by car and the other tracks need a four wheel drive, it is a private estate. These will take you right to the waters edge, the remainder of the beat can be walked from your vehicle by maintained paths. The steep gradient drive down to the lower section on route four, takes you
through Oak, Birch and fir trees within Baron Wood. Here you will see many Roe deer, red squirrel and plenty of bird life to set the scene for what you are about to encounter.

Some of the beats:

Lower beat,
The first pool you view on this two mile beat is Smithy Wath from a high vantage point. This is a classic piece of water with a beautiful backdrop and a shear pleasure to fish. The drive further upstream is just to die for until you reach the more than ample fishing lodge (there are two more huts on the beats). The view from the lodge,
on the far bank is a very high wall of sandstone where ravens and jackdaws nest.
Carry on further upstream by four
wheel drive or foot and the various
pools are just endless to explore, some are wide others narrow, short and long runs, shallow, deep, fast and slow, it is all there. The Boat pool is the last stopping place on the lower beat.
Upper beat is as good as the lower beat for fishing quality, it also has two miles and the scenery is more open toward the far bank than the lower. The drive along the Meadows from the Lazonby Eden Bridge is the first stop. The Meadows Pool has a lovely flow with an easy wade that eventually tails out and drops down with white water into Top
Hole Corner. Walking downstream past the gravel beds, the Wicket pool with its far bank run into deep water is well worth a go for salmon.

There are over thirty named pools on the beats.
Guiding and fly casting tuition can be arranged with Glyn Freeman -
07808563788 - -

Contact details -

River Keeper - Linda Atkinson -
01768898229 - 07899931116
Office: +44 (0)1768 898071


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