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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. www.cumbriaflyfishing.co.uk
Jim Curry is a renowned AAPGAI master instructor and was a founding partner of Halstead and Bolton Sporting agency. He runs the Yorkshire Fly Fishing School in northern England, offering tuition on the stunning rivers and lakes of Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. http://www.jimcurry.co.uk/tuition.html As a trout and salmon instructor with 20 years’ experience, a senior assessor of AAPGAI instructors, a writer and rod tester for magazines including Trout and Salmon and having lead countless international trips to destinations across the globe, Jim is widely regarded as one of thebest and most knowledgeable teachers of fly fishing and fly casting in the UK. We have been lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with the fishing legend, asking about everything from his latest products to his earliest fishing memories! Here’s what happened when Jim encountered all of our questions.   Name: Jim Curry Age: 44 Location:  Ilkley West Yorkshire Job Description: UK and Ireland Guideline Representative Likes: Swinging flies for salmon Dislikes: Bad etiquette on the riverbank - it drives me nuts!   Describe a typical day for you. Every day is different, but always fishing related. It’s been this way since I started in the industry as a ghillie when I was seventeen years old. There are always emails and calls to make to customers, and I’m still teaching, which I love after all these years. Evenings are spent either catching a brownie on the Wharfe or just relaxing at home with my daughter and listening to music. I love my music, but I think I’m the only one!   What age did you start fishing? I started with the fly at around age nine on the Findhorn. Before that, I was dangling worms for little brownies in a stream on the farm I grew up on.   Jim Curry What is your first fishing memory? Catching a trout on a piece of sweetcorn on a family holiday in Cornwall! My mum still has the picture in her house. I thought it was enormous at the time, but it only looks about a pound on the picture these days.   What do you love most about the sport? The people I’ve met, the places I’ve travelled to and the memories I’ve got – and all because of our amazing sport!   Describe your casting style. Relaxed and chilled out. I try to let the rod do the work.   What is your most memorable fishing experience? On my Dad’s 70th birthday in Norway, I watched him hook and land the most perfect bright silver 26lb salmon on the first cast of the first day. He went on to catch way more than me, as usual!   What piece of kit could you not live without? My polaroid glasses! I feel lost if I forget them on a day’s fishing.   What do you still want to tick off your fishing bucket list? The chance of taking a big salmon on a hitch or a dry. Just the thought of a big sea monster rolling on my fly gives me goosebumps!   Any funny fishing tales you would like to share? I’ve seen so many on my adventures around the world. In fact, I’m writing a book with many of them in, if I ever finish it (which is unlikely with the speed I type)!   Jim Curry What would your perfect day consist of? Spending time on a beautiful river, just dropping off and clearing after a lift of water and a good chance of a fish. But crucially, I would be fishing with a close friend. I much prefer fishing in good company than fishing alone these days.   What are you most proud of/greatest achievement? Becoming a father to my gorgeous little girl.   Who or what inspires you? So many people have and still do. I’ve been fortunate to work with many of them these days. Overall I’d say my Dad - not a long caster but a very canny fisher who always gets a fish when the conditions are super tough.   How did you get a career started in the fishing industry? I started as a Ghillie in Scotland. After that, I followed my passion for the sport and I ignored people who said I’d never make a living from fly fishing. I stuck at it, because I’m stubborn like that!   Any advice for fellow anglers that would like a career in the fishing world? Follow your passion always. If you have a passion for anything in life you are very lucky; many people never find what their passion is. Never give in, work hard at your casting and love your fishing. Never think you know it all - nobody does or ever should.     What is the big thing for your brand this year? There are lots of cool products this year. If I had to choose one I would say the Guideline LXi salmon rods, both four and six piece. I just love these rods so much. The 13ft 9in 9/10 is a perfect fit for me and my fishing. Smooth, crisp and great with a fish on.   Can you give us any advice or useful tips? Get your casting up to speed and go to an AAPGAI instructor. You will enjoy this wonderful sport so much more when you understand casting and you’ll catch more fish, especially when conditions are tough. Keep your eyes open on the river and appreciate what a wonderful place it is. The more aware you are of life on the river bank, the more you’ll get out of this amazing sport.   Check out some of the other offers we currently have from our range of Guideline products - Buy Guideline Diver Sonic Seam Waders and Korkers Buckskin Wading Boots together and save £129.00 Buy a Guideline Fario CRS Fly Rod and get a Free Fario Fly Line worth £59.99 Buy a pair of Guideline Laxa Waders and Crosswater V2 Wading Boots together and save £99.99!  
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.

Quick Q & A with Our Fly Fishing Experts

17 March 2015 15:22:51 GMT

Now that fly fishing season is here and with the weather slowly starting to warm up a bit, some of our fly fishing experts have got together a few of the most common fly fishing questions that we have seen being asked lately. If any of you have any other questions or areas of fly fishing you would like help with, please don’t hesitate to follow us on Facebook and send us a quick message detailing what it is you would like us to try and help you with.  

What is the basic difference between salt water and fresh water fly fishing? 

Salt water and fresh water contain a variety of different species which can be targeted in multiple ways. For example salt water fly fishing often requires fairly short heavier weighted rods. These rods allow you to cast big flies a long distance whilst coping with the harsh conditions that you can be faced with when fishing in the ocean. Species often targeted are bonefish, mullet, bass and tarpon. Fly fishing in freshwater usually involves the use of lighter weighted rods and generally smaller flies than salt water types. Freshwater species that are often fished for include a variety of trout, grayling, salmon and pike.  

What are some key tips when fly fishing?

- When fishing in stillwater always fish the margins before casting further out into open water. This prevents spooking what are potentially catchable fish. - Presentation is everything, look to present your fly within your own casting capabilities. Distance is not everything and certainly does not always mean more landed fish. A better presented fly on the other hand often does. - When salmon fishing, it is always worth changing your leader after catching a fish. This will get rid of any weaknesses that have been created in your tippet material and ensure a strong, secure connection with the next fish you hook. - Always evenly re-wind your fly line onto your fly reel before every salmon fishing outing. This will prevent your fly line snagging when playing a fish and give you the best chance of landing it. - Choose an appropriate tippet size for the type and size for fish you are targeting. A tippet material that is too thick can discourage fish from taking your fly. Whereas a tippet material too thin or too light in terms of strength can result fish being lost once hooked.  

What are you tying this month?

 Trout: Large Dark Olive, Elk Hair Emerger, Epoxy Buzzer Black and Olive, Black Traffic Light Buzzer and a Pheasant Tail Nymph. Salmon: Spring Boyo, Green Highlander, Ice Madden and a Super Snelda. A full list of all our flies can be found here.  

What are the best fishing channels on Sky?

Sky Discovery has a good number of different fishing programs listed; however, YouTube is by far the best place to find and watch fishing videos.  

What are good gifts for fly fisherman?

Fly boxes, pro selector fly selections (multiple choices), nets and wading staffs, sunglasses, fly fishing accessories - e.g. forceps, scissors, disgorgers, priests and scales.

Win a Simms G4 Pro Jacket Worth £499!

10 February 2015 17:26:37 GMT

Our latest competition is now up and running and this month we are giving you the chance to win a Simms G4 Pro Jacket worth £499!

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Simms Fly Fishing JacketsSimms was founded in 1980 by keen angler John Simms who thought there was a real need for better fishing waders and accessories than what was currently available on the market. Soon after, Simms Fishing Products became one of the first companies in the world to start using neoprene in their production of waders providing added durability and warmth.   In 1993 current owner, K.C. Walsh acquired the company and under his leadership a fantastic partnership with W.L Gore & Associates, producers of GORE-TEX® fabric, was formed which opened up a whole new spectrum to Simms Fishing Waders and clothing line.   Simms G4 Pro JacketToday, the Simms G4 Pro Jacket is the ultimate in angling protection when it comes to enduring the weather. The Storm proof G4 Pro Jacket features an updated GORE-TEX® PRO shell fabric which is 15% lighter in weight than the previous G4 jacket and also has an improved abrasion resistance and tear strength.   There are 9 storage pockets overall to provide ample storage of all you’ll need without having to return to the tackle box too often. The Dry Cuff™ design is highly water resistant and keeps water out of the sleeve when tailing fish or casting in the rain.   To be in with a chance of netting yourself one of these fantastic fishing jackets, be sure to enter our competition now which can be found here.

Salmon Season is Open on the River Tay!

30 January 2015 14:02:14 GMT

The salmon fishing season opened on the River Tay on the 15th January with the traditional celebrations taking place as usual. The 2015 season was officially opened this year by TV actor and keen fisherman Paul Young in the town of Dunkeld. There were good crowds following a bagpiper through the town and along the river with many carrying out the usual toast of “tight lines” followed by the throwing of a glass of whisky. There were similar ceremonies at Kenmore and Meikleour even though the weather conditions were far from pleasant.   Paul YoungPaul Young2                 The Tay is the longest river in Scotland at around 117 miles and originates in western Scotland on the slopes of Ben Lui in the Scottish Highlands. Its mouth is at the Firth of Tay, just south of Dundee and is also the largest river in the UK by volume of discharge.   River Tay Perth Atlantic Salmon                   This year also sees the start of the new ‘no kill’ rule which came in to force on the 9th January. The new legislation means that all salmon caught prior to April must be released back into the water unharmed. This will actually make little difference to most of the anglers currently fishing the Tay as the previous conservation code was for 90% of the salmon caught before April was required to be released. Notable improvements in catch numbers have been seen over the last couple of seasons and the changes in legislation have been widely welcomed by anglers. You can find all fly fishing season dates for the rivers across Scotland in our handy guide we posted previously. To book fishing on the Tay go to www.fishpal.com

Salmon & Trout Fishing Seasons in Scotland

13 January 2015 15:33:21 GMT

Christmas is over and 2015 has arrived and from everyone here at John Norris, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! January brings the start of salmon and trout fishing seasons for many of the UK’s rivers and fisheries and this year we thought it would be a good idea to post a list of the season dates for as many popular rivers as we can. As there are so many rivers across the UK, particular in Scotland we thought it best to split the rivers up into two or three articles starting with Scotland as they have the earliest season start date of the 11th January. The dates listed are as accurate as I can find following my research but if anyone can see any that need amending, I will gladly update.  

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 - 15th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

River Tay

 

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)

15th 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

 

 River Dee

 

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

25th 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

 

 Salmon

 

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

 
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