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Eden report February.
Quite a cold snap across Cumbria for the fist week of February, there is ice in the margins and the daytime air temperature on occasions not exceeding the water temperature of 2oC. The fishing is not great at present for either grayling or salmon with these very cool conditions.
The second week has been a little milder and this has got a few grayling interested, some very nice fish around the two pound mark are showing up and it is also good to see some smaller weight class. There is still no sign of any numbers of kelts on the river; usually at this time of the year the lower river is heavily populated with them.
13th February, the weather has turned markedly mild, the river is in fine order at just above summer level, 5oC and clear. There have been small hatches of Large Dark Olive during the afternoon; the air temperatures are now climbing to near double figures. With the slightly warmer weather, grayling are showing a little more interest, bug type flies fished near the bottom are proving the most effective.
The river at present on the 16th is now in fine order. A ten pound spring fish was reported form the Eden during the week around the Carlisle area, great news!
Unfortunately, the long range weather forecast does not look that promising for next week, we could be washed off.
The 21st February, gale force winds and driving rain are coming in to the county; this has started to raise the river levels upstream overnight. The next day on the river just above the confluence with the river Irthing, it began to rise slowly with slight colour throughout the morning. Below the Irthing it was very coloured and has made the river downstream now unfishable for the next few days. Although the river was on the upward trend there were some very nice grayling caught today in the edges. The forecast for the rest of the month is not very inspiring to say the least!
Best wishes, Glyn.
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.