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Eden report June.
The trout fishing on the Eden has picked up a little during the middle of the day with the cooler weather. There is plenty of insect life about and now the blue winged olives are joining the multitude already on the go. The first week of June the water has been very clear and low, the salmon fishing has slowed right down with the conditions at present.
During the afternoon of the 5th, rain has entered the county along with a south westerly and should give the river levels a well needed lift and cool things down.
The sea trout numbers are increasing very nicely with fish from one and a half to four pounds showing on a regular basis.
After some heavy showers overnight and through the morning of the 6th, the river level only rose a couple of inches as the ground is very dry. The small but very important rise has cooled the water temperature from 64oF to 56oF. There are now hatches once more during the day, the trout are going at it like there is no tomorrow.
A wet day on the 7th; a complete contrast to the day before regarding both insect and fish activity although the temperatures are similar. The trout are responding very well to small nymphs and North Country spiders, there is not much showing on the surface.
Wet weather continued through the day of the 8th, the river has only risen by a couple of inches, with more rain due this may bring higher water levels. There are some good sea trout coming off the tide today with many taking nymphs during the daytime, this may indicate a rise of water due. Night fishing is very good for sea trout this week with the warm temperatures and overcast skies. One or two salmon reported here and there to the fly and fish entering the river off most tides. Brown trout fishing is still very good.
9th June, persistent heavy rain overnight has raised the river level by three feet and with much colour after being low for so long. The middle river began dropping the following day but still with a little colour, the trout began to rise by the afternoon and a few salmon moving through the beats. The lower river remained at a steady height, not much fishing happening there.
The 11th June and the water is now clearing in the middle river but still holding a heavy peat tinge. The brown trout fishing is difficult at present with the cool wind and water temperature at 56oF, but not impossible. The following day the 12th remained very much the same story, very intermittent hatches and sporadic activity. The river need s a good flush through just get rid of the peaty water, with these small floods it takes an eternity for the colour to disappear.
Very quiet during the day on the 13th with just the odd fish showing, good hatches at around 8pm with plenty of activity for those fishing on into the darkening. On the 14th very strong east winds building strength throughout the day, the barometer is falling and heavy rain on the way. Good activity during the evening again, small tides this week with a few fish entering the river. A challenging week on the river due to the weather patterns of late, the colour of the water and temperatures not sure where they should be for this time of the year. The river level is at summer low and 58oF on the 15th; this will change during the weekend with the heavy rain due and hopefully reset the Eden with a good flush through. I have only heard of three salmon this week at 13 pounds, although there are certainly plenty in the river at present.
The 16th and 17th of June have seen one flood on top of another flood, very coloured and around three feet of water, fishing was a non-goer.
A different story on the 18th on the middle river, the level is dropping quickly and the water clearing, big movements of both salmon and sea trout today with a few good fish caught. The lower river should begin to fish in a day or so.
The 19th and the water is as about as good as it gets on the middle river and another “twenty” and a couple in the teens. The trout fishing is a little sporadic at present and coinciding with the hatches. Some big grayling up to three pounds are beginning to show up on the river, a much better stamp than last year.
The weather is set for dry and warm for the next day or so, this will bring the lower river into play more.
20th June. A good fly fishing water on the lower river, just a slight tint of peat and looking very nice, a few fish coming off the tides which are building up but not so big this week. A few sea trout turning up with the biggest reported this week at six pounds.
21st, with rain falling all day and a light easterly wind the fishing is still good and the river stable, fish are coming in off each tide. It is not the best of forecast for the weather the next day or so and this will raise the levels by a few feet on the 22nd.
The morning of the 22nd and the river is rising rapidly and beginning to colour up.
The river has peaked with flood water at 4.5 metres on the 23rd June, there is more rain forecast, this will put paid to fishing for at least the next two days. There have been a few breaches of water especially on some of the tributaries, the roads are flooded everywhere. It is always a shame when we see the sand martin colonies and nesting water foul wiped out with unseasonal floodwater. This seems to be the weather pattern of the last few years of wet summers and dry autumns.
25th, the river is now dropping and clearing at last, it was a close call. There have been a few fish taken on the spinner above Carlisle, one at twenty two pounds and a few in the mid teens.
More fish for the 26th mainly on the spinner; it is good to see many anglers returning fish. Along with the larger fish the Eden has enjoyed this year; there are now salmon from six to ten pounds making an appearance.
Trout fishing is picking up again in the evenings. The lower river is still with much colour and height due to the Irthing, Caldew and Petteril.
27th, much better conditions now for the fly especially on the middle river, a few fish taken with sea lice, it is shaping up quite nicely. Tomorrow there is more rain and thunderstorms forecast, it looks like it will be the same scenario as last week. Records say it has been the wettest June on record! On the upside, there are now good numbers of fish high up the river system with the amount of water the Eden has had. Anglers are also seeing and taking fish off one or two of the tributaries.
28th, after thunderstorms and torrential rain another huge amount of floodwater is making its way down the Eden, another weekend washed off the river!
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.