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A Kylie fan and Eden fisher of 30 years, Mark Strong answers our questions

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April 6th 2016 River Eden @Armathwaite – Low House Beat 1’8” and dropping I fished the fly for an hour and caught a really big brownie on Copper Monkey.

Copper monkey tube fly bait

I was using a 15ft Vision Tool.

Double handed fly rod

Rio Skagit Max 750grain with a 15ft tip Floating shooting head cast

This was going well but not covering the areas well at the river height. I decided to change tactic and got my spinning gear out; I was using my 11ft LPXE Guideline Spinning rod. I put on my trusty Flying C in black and silver and fished for another hour, with no response.

I then decided to change to a 13cm Floating Rapala Blue and Silver. Floating lures

I had a solid take after only 5 minutes, and Phillip the keeper netted out a cracking fresh 10lb fish. It was quickly released off the one barbless treble and took off like a steam train. Twenty minutes later, Phillip called me to say Alan who was fishing that day as his guest had just released another fish in the 8lb class, again brand new. The middle Eden seems to have quite a few fish in most beats; these are encouraging signs, long may it continue! I was also asked by Snowbee to test their brand new Geo 5 Breathable Waders. I was seriously impressed by them. The fit on the body of the waders was excellent and also in the foot. The zip functioned really well and the breathability was also excellent. I would definitely put them amongst the best waders on the market, and was so impressed that I sold a pair the next day on my own recommendations! Definitely one to watch this season, great product.

Breathable waders

Spring Salmon Fishing: Top Tips

7 March 2016 10:14:02 GMT

The spring salmon fishing season is well and truly underway, and we’re keen to know how you’ve all been getting on! Whether you’ve managed to swipe an early season springer or haven’t yet found time to wet your line, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you on your way to spring fishing success.  

Salmon Fishing: Top Tips

1. Always refresh your leader material at the beginning of a new season. 2. To ensure the best hook hold make sure all your hooks are strong and sharp. 3. The depth you fish your fly in spring is critical so have a varied selection of sink tips, sinking shooting heads and skagit lines so you can get the fly down. 4. Choosing the right flies will improve your chances dramatically. A good selection of tube flies, coneheads and large doubles is ideal in the spring, as the fish will be holding deep in the colder water. 5. It is important to respect the river throughout the whole season. A nod to safety equipment like the Englands or Airflo safety vests is wise. 6. A decent set of waders and a wading jacket will keep you dry and comfortable and also allows you to carry all tackle essentials while fishing. 7. Spring mornings can be crisp therefore a set of thermals and mid layers are important to keep warm in the water. 8. Consider the 5 year average of every salmon beat, even if some were lacking in numbers last year they could well provide success this spring. 9. Vary the speed you fish the fly by either casting at different angles or stripping the fly. 10. Cover as much water as possible as after the winter floods pools and holding places will have changed. 11. If you suffer from cold hands try the new Guideline Fir-Skin gloves as these are very thin and don’t impede your casting and are extremely warm. 12. Top 10 flies - Black and Orange Piglet Bottle Tube, Gold Gunn Loop Bottle Tube, Black & Yellow Plastic Tube Conehead, Super Snaelda Conehead, Tungsten Cascade Conehead, Tungsten Black and Yellow Conehead, Glenswood Black & Yellow Shrimp, Glyn Freeman Boyo Salmon Double, Kinermony Killer Double, The Monkey Copper Tube FlySal.   Still yet to grab your session on the water? Why not book one with fishpal.com, rodsonrivers.com or tweedbeats.com before the end of May, to really make the most of what the season has to offer.
It's that time of year again! The new salmon and trout fishing seasons are officially upon us, and it's time for us all to be brushing up our gear ready to get out on the waters again (if you've not already done so). As usual, we've decided to give our anglers a rundown of all the UK's opening and closing fishing season dates (starting here with Scotland, whose season opened on 11th January). Each river  varies, so be sure to check the dates for the rivers you're interested in so that you can plan your sessions accordingly. Remember that there is no salmon fishing allowed anywhere on Sundays by law, and that there is no closed season for rainbow trout or pike as this is available all year round. (The same is true for sea or coarse fishing.) The start of the wild brown trout season is 15th March. For those of you who are interested, some rivers hold Annual Opening ceremonies to mark the official start of the new season. The River Spey and the River Tay are two such rivers - for more information about what to expect, head to their websites.  

Aberdeenshire Dee

1st February - 30th September

Ailort

11th February - 31st October

Aline

11th February - 31st October

Almond

15th January - 15th October

Alness

11th February - 31st October

Amhuinnsuidhe (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Annan

25th February - 15th November

Arnisdale

11th February - 31st October

Aros (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Awe

11th February - 31st October

Ba (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Beauly

11th February - 15th October

Berriedale

11th February - 31st October

Blackadder

1st February - 30th November

Bladnoch

11th February - 31st October

Border Esk

1st February - 31st October

Borgie

12th January - 30th September

Broom

11th February - 31st October

Brora

1st February - 15th October

Caron (West Coast)

11th February - 31st October

Carron

11th January - 30th September

Cassley

11th January - 30th September

Clyde

11th February - 31st October

Conon

11th February - 30th September

Cree

1st May - 14th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

Don

11th February - 31st October

Doon

11th February - 31st October

Dunbeath

11th February - 15th October

Dundonnell

11th February - 31st October

Eachaig

1st May - 31st October

Earn

1st February - 31st October

Eden (Fife)

5th February - 31st October

Ericht

15th January - 15th October

Ettive

11th February - 15th October

Ettrick

1st February - 30th November

Evlyx

11th January - 30th September

Fhorsa

1st June - 15th October

Fincastle (Harris)

25th February - 31st October

Findhorn

11th February - 30th September

Fleet (Kirkcubright)

25th February - 31st October

Fleet (Sutherland)

25th February - 31st October

Forss

11th February - 31st October

Forth

1st February - 31st October

Garry

15th January - 15th October

Girvan

25th February - 31st October

Gour

11th February - 31st October

Gress

1st June - 15th October

Gridie

11th February - 31st October

Grimistra

15th June - 15th October

Gruinard

11th February - 31st October

Hamanavay (Lewis)

3rd June - 15th October

Helmsdale

11th January - 30th September

Hope (River & Loch)

12th January - 30th September

Inver

11th February - 31st October

Irvine

25th February - 15th November

 

Isla

15th January - 15th October

Kannaird

11th February - 31st October

Kirkaig

11th February - 31st October

Kishorn

11th February - 31st October

Laggan (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

Laxay Fishery (Lewis)

25th February - 31st October

Laxford

11th February - 31st October

Laxford Fishery (Harris)

1st April - 15th October

Leven (Dumbartonshire)

11th February - 31st October

Lochy

11th February - 31st October

Luce

25th February - 31st October

Luss (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Machrie (Arran)

25th February - 31st October

Moidart

11th February - 31st October

Morar

11th February - 31st October

Nairn

11th February - 7th October

Naver

12th January - 30th September

Ness

15th January - 15th October

Nith

11th February - 31st October

North Esk

16th February - 31st October

Obbe System (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Orchy

11th February - 15th October

Orkney

25th February - 31st October

Oykel

11th January - 30th September

Polla

12th January - 30th September

Polly

11th February - 15th October

Rodel Fishery (Harris)

1st May - 31st September

Ruel

16th February - 31st October

Sanda

11th February - 31st October

Scaddie

11th February - 31st October

     

Sheil (River & Loch)

11th February - 31st October

Shetland

25th February - 31st October

Shin

11th January - 30th September

Sligican

11th February - 15th October

Snizort

11th February - 15th October

Sorn (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

South Esk

16th February - 31st October

Spey

11th February - 30th September

Stinchar

25th February - 31st October

Strathy

12th January - 30th September

Tay

15th January - 15th October

Teith

1st February - 31st October

Teviot

1st February - 30th November

Thurso

11th January - 5th October

Till

1st February - 30th November

Torridon

11th February - 31st October

Tummel

15th January - 15th October

Tweed

1st February - 30th November

Ugie

10th February - 31st October

Ullapool

11th February - 31st October

Urr

25th February - 31st October

Whiteadder

1st February - 30th November

Yarrow

1st February - 30th November

Ythan

11th February - 31st October

 
The river levels have remained at around summer height this first two weeks of June; this has encouraged some good numbers of sea trout averaging two to three pounds to enter the Eden with some larger fish amongst them. They are populating the lower sections. If the evening remains overcast and the wind eases a little holding the air temperatures up, sport can be very good. This week the wind has been coming from the north-west and the fishing conditions in the dark have not been ideal although there have been sea trout caught. Fishing a floating line with a slow sink poly leader, a dropper with a size eight and point fly size six single with a black hair wing on ten pound B.S with slow retrieve is proving to be quite effective.   Warwick Hall EstateThe brown trout fishing during the day is coming in fits and starts, good activity on the surface for a short while then the fish go down for a period, be there at the right moment and the fishing are frantic. Size fourteen Adams, Klinkhamer and Greenwells all working nicely on the top and north country spiders are proving effective sub-surface, all on long leaders of at least twelve to fourteen feet during the daytime. Those who are willing to fish into the dusk are having tremendous action with some of the bigger trout, good hatches of sedge in the late evening, elk hair caddis works fine.       Now the water levels are lower compared to the levels the Eden had in May, the salmon are reluctant to run far upstream during the daytime especially when the day is bright. There are fish still coming in with the big tides this week and they have been seen just before the tide hits the river. Nonetheless there have been a few fish reported this week and a few fish lost, fishing the deeper and the faster runs proving to be the way forward.   Ian Pincombe Lands a 9 PounderAt Warwick Hall during the last week Ian Shaw landed a fly caught 10 pounder from the Otter Stone. Last Friday Simon Artley caught a 7 pounder on a spinner in Howards Hole. Also at Warwick Hall on Wednesday, Ian Pincombe caught a 9 pounder on the fly and David Bamford landed a 7 pounder. Further up river Stan Lane landed a 15 pounder at Salkeld and Anne Woodcock at Eden Lacy landed a 10 pound fish on the fly using a size 14 Francis.

Eden River & REDFA News – June 2015

17 June 2015 14:51:05 BST

REDFA Logo   The June 2015 newsletter from the River Eden & District Fisheries Association (REDFA) and covered within it is all the recent information and development on a range of issues including –   - 2014 Salmon Rod Catch - EA Stock Assessments and Net Limitation (NLO) review - 2015 Carcass Tagging and Conservation Measures - Solway Haaf Net Restrictions (English Side) - Annan Stake, Poke and Haaf Net Licensing - Spring 2015 Corby Counter Data - Junior Angling Event – Saturday 27th June - Avian Predation Management - Fish Stocks Monitoring Review - ERT Electro-Fishing  - Upper Catchment Juvenile Surveys - UU consultation to Vary Ullswater Drought Permit Order Conditions - Solway Tidal Lagoon Proposals - Lowther Show – 15th & 16th August   Here is a brief look at each of the issues listed above but you can download the full version of the REDFA June 2015 Newsletter here - June 2015 Eden & REDFA Newsletter  

2014 Salmon Rod Catch

Initial catch estimations of 460 fish turned out to be very close with the final EA declared rod angler returns being 451. Of these 355 were released which gave a 79% C&R rate. To compare this with the previous year’s figures, in 2013 there was a total rod catch of 634 fish of which 433 were released giving a 70% C&R. Steps are being taken by salmon anglers to fight a rear-guard action to help conserve stocks. Conservation measures and a tagging scheme are due to take place from 16th June to help move Eden’s release rate to 90% in the run up to the Net Limitation Order. To compare, here are some catch and return rates for other major English and Welsh rivers – Salmon: Derwent – 288 – 76% Eden – 451 – 79% Lune – 353 – 80% Ribble – 605 – 88% Tyne – 2682 – 74% Usk – 421 – 77% Wear – 995 – 76% Wye – 434 – 100%   Sea Trout: Dovey – 1682 – 78% Eden – 393 – 89% Lune – 2037 – 87% Ribble – 1676 – 89% Teifi – 2098 – 80% Towey – 1330 – 75% Wear – 1323 – 78%  

EA Stock Assessments and Net Limitation (NLO) review

Both the 2013 and 2014 rod returns for the river Eden, figures which the Environment Agency use to assess stocks have failed to meet the conservation limit for spawning stocks to maintain a self-sustaining number of egg depositions. Therefore, Natural England are reviewing the current measures in place and after further consultations, the EA will be submitting their recommendations on net licensing and Eden Byelaw changes to DEFRA for approval in summer 2016. The full EA communication that was sent in March 2015 to anglers and fisheries in the North West concerning failing stocks and their proposed measures can be downloaded here - EA Measures to Improve Salmon Stocks March 2015  

2015 Carcass Tagging and Conservation Measures

The River Eden Conservation Measures and Carcass Tagging Scheme gets under way from 16th June. More information can be found at www.edenfishing.co.uk and they do not override National salmon or River Eden Byelaws. Tags are available here in the John Norris of Penrith shop or from the Tourist Information centre in Carlisle. The tagging coordinator is Nigel Austin and can be contacted by email to nigel.austin@live.co.uk or telephone – 07708 281957  

Solway Haaf Net Restrictions (English Side)

Due to conservation measure by the EA, the season limit of 10 fish per haaf net licence holder has been reduced to 3 fish per licensee for the 2015 salmon season. No restrictions are being applied to sea trout.  

Annan Stake, Poke and Haaf Net Licenses

The Annan stake nets in the Solway – River Eden channel will not be licensed this year after pressure from the Salmon & Trout Association, Fish Legal and representations from a number of fisheries including REDFA.  

Spring 2015 Corby Counter Data

The Environment Agency Corby data to the end of March 2015 has been released. The data has not been validated and doesn’t distinguish species but includes movements of salmon, sea trout, sea lamprey and more. There was a fault at the counter between early July 2014 and mid-October 2014 so no data was recorded for this period.  You can download a table of the data by clicking here. EA Corby Weir Counts 2000 to 2015  

Junior Angling Event – Saturday 27th June

Following on from last year’s success REDFA is coordinating another junior event with AAA, PAA, KSDAA and is sponsored by ourselves John Norris of Penrith. The event is run by Borderlines of Carlisle who provide excellent instruction to budding young anglers. Full details can be found in the flyer below.

Junior Angling Event

 

Avian Predation Management

As part of the newly launched Area Catchment Pilot Scheme for Avian Predators, REDFA resumed its twice yearly bird counts following concerns over increasing numbers of cormorant and goosander populations which could be impacting fish stocks. These figures would help to provide evidence to support a range of measures (non-lethal and shooting) to protect fisheries for the licensing period September 2014 to 15th May 2015. Figures are as follows –  

Goosander

Cormorant

Merganser

Heron

Kingfisher

15th March 2015

364

107

0

37

2

30th Nov 2014

435

218

12

67

11

16th March 2014

331

195

15

20

3

7th March 2004          (For Comparison)

285

86

4

59

10

 

Fish Stock Monitoring Review

As per the Eden Fisheries Plan, a review of existing programmes and collected data is underway to agree how all parties can contribute and combine to use what are going to be stretched resources.

 

ERT Electro Fishing – Upper Catchment Surveys

The 2013/2014 survey data has now been compiled and summary findings produced in report form. These will be available on the ERT website later this year.

 

United Utilities Consultation to Vary the Ullswater Drought Permit Order

United Utilities are looking to vary the conditions that apply during the existing Permit Order Licensing periods. The reasons for this are firstly so that water can be drawn down at the Gale Bay intake during Drought Permit Order periods, and secondly they would like to suspend the 45,633 Ml limit in any 12 months period after Permit Orders are exercised.

REDFA is involved in the consultation process with the EA to review what impact these changes would have on the environment and habitats.

 

Solway Tidal Lagoon – Off Workington to Allonby Shoreline

REDFA is to attend a presentation by Tidal Lagoon Power about the proposed scheme which could have a major impact on the River Derwent and other rivers feeding into the Solway. Many other bodies will be present including national angling bodies and environmental groups. Planning approval for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon was received on 10th June and more details on the scheme will be available after the presentation on 29th July.

 

Lowther Show – 15th & 16th August

The fishing island events will incorporate a wider range of activities on the lake this year along with a wide range of exhibitor stands.

If anyone has any fresh ideas for the event or would like to take some space to showcase their work/skills, or even help stewarding the events then please contact the secretary or Chris Bowman at chritopher.bowman@talktalk.net or by telephone on 01228 674519

 

If anyone would like to contact REDFA with any interesting angling news or concerns then please contact either:

Mike Ashwin      Secretary & Vice Chair   oneoffdesignandbuild@hotmail.com    Tel: 01768 879047

Paul Davidson    Chairman                             paullou23@icloud.com

Adrian Brown    Vice Chair                            adrianbrown884@hotmail.com

Salmon Fishing

23 May 2015 10:00:44 BST

At 7am on Wednesday May 13th, I fished the middle Eden at Armathwaite. It had been falling for three days but still 2'3" on the gauge - too big for wading and fly fishing in most pools. There were no fish showing, but I hooked a fish around 12.40pm. After spinning, it landed and released a nice 10lb cock fish. Unfortunately it was showing serious predator damage in front of the anal fin; most likely from a seal. Hopefully the fish would survive its ordeals. I had to leave mid afternoon, so I called the keeper and asked him to offer the evening's fishing to Alan. I was delighted to hear he had caught a 9lb fish later that day. It was good to see a few more springers in the Eden, and tight lines to two more friends that are fishing the beat this week. Good luck to them. By Julian Shaw, our shop manager. salmon-fishing-middle-eden salmon-fishing-armathwaite
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Salmon Fishing On The Cargill Beat

20 April 2015 15:13:10 BST

The Cargill beat is one of the most renowned places along the River Tay for the fishing of wild salmon. Popular due to its breathtaking surroundings and the large volumes of fish that congregate there, the beat has helped many skilled fishermen catch some of the largest salmon fish in history. salmon fishing on the cargill beat The beat is made up of two smaller double-bank beats, known as upper and lower Cargill. These beats are fished on alternative days throughout the year and with only six rods allowed per day (Cargill alternates with Ballathie). During the first 20 weeks of the season, the beat has one ghillie on hand; then from week 21 onwards, there are two. The salmon fishing season lasts from January 15th to October 31st. Cargill’s facilities include two boats, restrooms, and a luncheon hut, where cooking facilities, running water and a wood burner can be found. Fishermen have been known to enjoy the location for the peace and seclusion it offers, among scenery that is clean and unspoilt. The other attractive prospect is that fish can be caught almost any day of the year, with salmon entering the Tay on daily basis. The Cargill beat begins with Bridge Stream – a small stream of water on its upper beat that can be fished when the water is at any height, making it ideal for fly fishing. Secondary to this stream is the large ridge of sandstone rock, which runs down the river for nearly half a mile. Over the years, forceful flows of current have worn deep crevices into the rock, providing salmon with a series of ideal lies in which they like to accumulate when water levels are low. This makes them easier for fishermen to fish, especially if they are using spinning or fly. As a result, many of the smaller pools created by this ridge have acquired descriptive names such as Pot Shot, Cobble Croy and the Cradle.

Cargill's Monsters

  • 41lb September 1906, Mr Arthur Moon
  • 53lb October 1923, Sir Stuart Coats
  • 43lb October 1926, Sir Stuart Coats
  • 42lb September 1944, Lower Cargill
  • 40lb September 1944, Upper Cargill
  • 40lb September 1946, Upper Cargill
  • 41lb October 1948, Pot Shot
  • 42lb June 1958, Colin Leslie, Pot Shot
  • 42lb June 1959, Colin Leslie, The Cradle
  • 42lb September 1972, Colin Leslie, The Cradle
  • 40lb August 1973, Jim Pirrie, Cobble Croy
  • 42lb September 1974, Gordon McGregor, Cobble Croy
  • 41lb September 1975, George Taylor, Cobble Croy
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Spring Salmon Fishing

23 March 2015 13:47:32 GMT

The 2015 spring salmon season is now well underway and finally most rivers are see good numbers of salmon. Spring salmon fishing offers the chance for the greatest catch of all, the magnificent springer. In this article the John Norris Pro Team have some great top tips and tackle recommendations to help you get ahead of the rest. The spring salmon season runs until the end of May, so you have over two months to catch an early season springer. If you are intending to wet a line in the spring months but have not yet booked your fishing take a look at www.fishpal.com or www.rodsonrivers.com or www.tweedbeats.com to help you out with some fantastic fishing opportunities. Spring Salmon Fishing Top Tips for Spring Salmon Fishing - Replace your nylon at the beginning of every season - Tube flies are a great option for spring as the fish will be holding deep. There is now a great range and weights of tube flies, Tungsten, Copper with or with coneheads. - Have a good selection of sinking tips so you can change depth quickly - Choose you beat carefully making sure you look closely at the five year average and not just what they caught last year - Maximise your day by fishing hard during the warmest part of the day. - Always take advise from the Ghillie or Guide as they will know the beat you are fishing like the back of there hand - Remember to renew your rod licence if applicable. - Changing the depth and speed you fish your fly will increase your chances of hooking a fish. - Always wear glasses of some description. Use a yellow lens if using polarised glasses. - Use wading staff, for balance and safety. - Always wear a life jacket. - Thermal base and mid layers will keep you warm and comfortable Latest Salmon Fishing Catches The Best Rivers for Spring Salmon - Eden - Dee - Tweed - Tay -Tyne - North or South Esk - Spey Salmon Fishing 2015
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