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Eden River Fishing Report

26 June 2015 16:29:34 BST

There are still fresh salmon running the river Eden despite the low water levels. On the Yorkshire Fly Fishers water near Wetheral, Robert Jollie tempted an 8 pounder on a small riffle hitched fly and the Yorkshire Fly Fishers Club Fishery Manager Mike Grimes, landed a surface caught brace at 8 and 9lb respectively - all three salmon were fresh run.   River Eden Fishing ReportStan Lane was in action again this morning with an eleven pound fish at Salkeld. Sea trout up to 5lb in weight have been caught although the general stamp of Eden sea trout has been in the 1½ to 3lb range. The majority have been caught by anglers targeting them at night between 10pm and 2am, but fish of up to 2lb plus have been landed by anglers fishing for brown trout with dry fly and nymphs during daylight hours.   Water temperature is 14⁰C, and water level is at minus six inches.       River Eden Fishing ReportThe trout and grayling fishing has been at its best the last couple of hours before dark using very small micro dries like Griffiths Gnats, Midge Klinkhammers and micro caddis. When darkness falls, try moving onto Sedge patterns either on the top twitched across the surface or fished wet down and across.  There have been reports of Brown Trout up to 3lb and Grayling of 2lb taken this week. John Norris Range of Trout and Grayling Flies       

Prospects for the Coming Week

With no rain forecast for this coming week, salmon fishers should concentrate on early mornings or late evenings using either Switch or single handed rods with floating lines and very small doubles, Sunrays or Hitch flies.   River Eden Fishing ReportJohn Norris Range of Switch Rods  John Norris Range of Single Handed Rods    For the sea trout angler this low water should not be a problem but leave the fishing until it is totally dark. Start with smaller wee doubles in a size 10 or 8 and as the night progresses, increase the size of your flies or even try a surface lure. John Norris Range of sea Trout Flies      To the brown trout and grayling fishers, if you’re fishing through the day look for shaded areas and target the fish with nymphs or by moving into the streamier runs and fish spiders.  For the best action on dry fly, this will be the last ½ hour before dark with micro dries and sedges.
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 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 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 –  






15th March 2015






30th Nov 2014






16th March 2014






7th March 2004          (For Comparison)







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 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    Tel: 01768 879047

Paul Davidson    Chairman                   

Adrian Brown    Vice Chair                  

Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing

31 March 2015 13:23:15 BST

Small (Spate) Rivers Single handed rods can be used in areas where overhead casting is possible. A 10ft 7 or 8 weight rod would be most suitable combined with a floating line and interchangeable polyleader tips. When fishing in more difficult conditions, where a potential back cast is not possible for example, then a switch rod of 10’6 – 11’6 in length is the most appropriate option. We would recommend using a dedicated switch line with changeable tips (e.g. Rio Scandi Short Versitip) and thus allowing a Spey style of casting to be adopted. Medium Sized Rivers Rivers of a medium size will have a considerably greater flow of water in comparison to smaller ones. This increase can dictate the use of larger double handed rods, usually between 12ft – 13ft 6” in length and with a line rating of around 8 – 9. This provides far greater casting distance and also control of the fly, therefore fishing the water far more effectively. There is a large choice of line profiles to suit all abilities and techniques required for all situations. A Scandi Shooting Head or a Skagit with the correct tips is an excellent choice for medium sized rivers. In low water a single handed rod may be more suitable. This is mainly due to the necessity for a stealthy approach in such conditions. Large Sized Rivers Large rivers require longer more powerful rods, 14ft - 15ft for long casting, fishing sinking lines, using large non aerodynamic flies and hopefully subdue specimen fish. There are many different lines available for all casting styles and situations. These range from Skagit and Shooting heads to long belly Spey lines. Always have a selection of tips or sinking heads available to fish different depths. Top tip Whether fishing a 10ft 6” 8 weight switch or a 15ft 10 – 11 weight salmon rod it is critical to match the correct weight of line to the chosen rod. This will then allow a far greater level of performance. Each model of rod on the market, in a multitude of lengths, differs in terms of action and power. This therefore means different rods are better suited to a particular line weight and type. This is always worth paying particular attention or getting advice for our Pro Team when purchasing a salmon fly rod.
Many of you may not know this but for over 35 years we have bought and exchanged a large amount of used fishing tackle. If you are ever looking to buy a new fishing rod, reel or even a pair of waders and have some used tackle that you could possibly exchange in the process, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can offer you a quote based on further inspection of the goods. Once we receive any used items we inspect them carefully and grade them as follows to sell on to anyone who is looking to pick up any second hand tackle at a good price – A – Appears Unused B – Superb Condition C – Very Good Condition D – Marked but Appears Sound E – Usable F – Poor Condition, Reflected in the Price In addition to the used tackle we receive, we also have quite a large selection of ex-demonstration fishing rods and reels available at a discounted price for sale. These are also graded using the same system but are nearly always a grade A as many items have never even left the shop. With around 200 items currently in stock, you can find a full list of the Ex-demonstration and Pre-loved Fishing Tackle listed on our website. This list is updated daily however we can’t guarantee all the items are still available as they are sold on a first come, first served basis.

A Beginners Guide To Sea Trout

21 October 2009 17:32:11 BST

Fishing for sea trout is a subject which is shrouded in mystery, with each angler seemingly having their own opinions on the subject. Each river has different sea trout, which have evolved and adapted to their environment. Therefore, a different approach to each river is needed. Some fishermen will tell you that sea trout will not feed when they enter fresh water, while others will give the opposite advice. Some prefer to fish at night as sea trout are more active and less spooky in the dark. Others will tell you that fishing during the day can be just as effective. The following will explain some of the factors you should take into consideration when fishing for sea trout. Where to fish for sea trout England Tyne, Tamar, Wear, Tees Wales Towy, Dovey Scotland, Tweed, North & South Esk, Earn, Outer Hebrides When to fish for sea trout When deciding when you should start fishing for sea trout, it is important to remember that each river has its own conditions, which will have a bearing on your success. Local knowledge is, therefore, invaluable. Generally speaking, the end of May to September are when sea trout will come into our river systems with July Being the best month. Fishing for sea trout at night As previously mentioned, night time is a great time to fish for sea trout. It is not, however, without its dangers. The first thing to remember when fishing at night is that you should be very familiar with the section you are wading in. A comprehensive reccy of the area during daylight hours will mean that you are familiar with conditions when you come back at night. You should also be aware of the tide times of the river in question and the phases of the moon, which will both have an impact on water levels. Without your normal sense of sight, you will have to depend on other senses so it is important that you are able to cast accurately. Again, this is something you should look to get right during the day. Make sure that you are organised and have everything to hand, so that you are fully prepared. It may also be worth taking a companion for that added peace of mind. You will find at night that the sea trout will move out of the fast flowing streams and into the slow moving deeper pools. What equipment will I need? Obviously, what you wear when sea trout fishing will largely depend on the conditions. In general, look for breathable materials such as Gore-Tex and footwear with felt and studs for added grip. A good brand to go for is Simms, which offers a range of products in these materials. For protection, wear a pair of clear safety glasses, together with a life jacket. Also bring a wading staff, a hat and insect repellent. If you are fishing at night, remember to bring two torches, one in your bag and the other on a lanyard around your neck. What tackle will I need? In terms of tackle, go for a middle to tip action rod, around 10’ – 11’ in length with a line rating of 7-8. Pair this with a large arbor reel with 100 yards of backing and a weight forward floater, intermediate and fast sinking lines. Suitable flies for sea trout fishing are simple, slim and sleek. Low water irons between sizes 4 and 10 are ideal, together with Waddingtons or tubes of around 1.5"-2.5".
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