Eden River Fishing Report

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.   Stan 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.       The 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.   John 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