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River Eden September 2011
A rising water on the 4th put paid to any fishing for the next two days, just as the colour was improving, rising water after more rain on the 6th once more did the damage. Continuing unsettled weather is playing havoc with any potential fly fishing; although anglers with spinners seem to faring better. More high winds and rain from a hurricane crossing the Atlantic arrived here on the 11th. The 12th was a complete washout, and it would be the 13th on the middle river before there was a chance to put a fly on. The river dropped in very nicely through the week only for heavy showers on the Friday afternoon and through the evening to put two meters on the Eden again making Saturday impossible to fish. The Sunday on the middle river came good in the afternoon, but the lower Eden had still too much height and colour to contend with.
This is the time of year when we should be seeing good numbers of fish moving; at present this is not the case. Is the autumn run late like the grilse, or have we had them early with all these rises of water all summer and autumn? We shall have to wait and see.
All in all we have five decent rises of water through September, the temperature is at 12oC and the salmon are just running straight through with some very large fish among them. There are plenty of fish higher up the river at present; anglers if they are lucky on the lower and middle reaches are encountering the odd fish as they run through. The river temperature needs to drop drastically to slow the run down; it seems to be very much the same story though on most rivers.
The end of September and the river is clear and a good fly fishing height.
Glynn Freeman : A.A.P.G.A.I. (Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors). Glyn’s qualifications include: AAPGAI Masters in Salmon and Trout disciplines, Advanced Fly Dressing, He is a memver of the FFF (Federation of Fly Fishers USA) Masters Trout, has full liability insurance, is CRB (criminal records bureau) checked, child protection, L20 assessing, licensed coach and first aid.
Glyn has fished in Cumbria and the Borders for over 20 years. He is based on the River Eden where he is a river keeper on the lower river and fly casting instructor/guide for John Norris of Penrith.
He holds an I.F.M (Institute of Fisheries Management certificate) and part of working with our youth in Cumbria and S.W Scotland for Borderlines and a member of S.A.N.A
There are many Spey casting, salmon/trout fly fishing courses/experiences and one to one tuition sessions available throughout the whole year, and they are all done in a relaxed friendly manner. All are on private water on the river Eden, see list below and on the adult couses page. Each of them is tailored to suit whatever your ability and requirements are with the fishing included.
They put you in real fishing situations in the water, (not on the grass or platform), I can supply photos , quality fishing, tackle, waders and safety equipment on the day if you have-not any, free of charge. These can be run as a half day, full day, two or three day or a series of sessions. I will take you to some real nice places.