Tuesday, 22 December 2015

December Abandoned

A Flooded Carlisle Street
In my last post I remained optimistic to hopefully fit in a bit of Grayling fishing for one or two people before Christmas, however as you will all know by now, circumstances took a real turn for the worst here in Cumbria with persistent rain and strong winds, coupled with the already very wet ground conditions from the previous rainfall we had, which brought some devastating flooding to the area.

River height Today (Warwick Bridge)
Although the bulk of the water is now out of peoples homes, the conditions are still volatile with more rain forecast for this week, which must be quite worrying for those already flooded out of their homes and our thoughts are certainly with them at this time.

Rest assured though, things will eventually return to normal and after the festive season we will definitely get out on the Eden to target a few Grayling in the early part of the year, and with the salmon fishing also fast approaching, (season opens here on the Eden on January 15th) we will soon be back in the swing of things as the Spring season has been showing improvement over the past few years.

Hope to See you all Next Season
Anyway whilst we are waiting for all this action to take place, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the very best in health and happiness for the 2016 season. See you soon!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Most of November Washed Out


Even the Tributaries are high
Not much to report I'm afraid, with persistent rain throughout November the Grayling fishing (for the most part) has been a total washout on the Eden. There were a few nice days at the start of the month, but even then the water was still a bit on the high side, the total opposite to October when we needed some water for the salmon fishing. Even the tributaries are too high to fish at the moment!

Avoiding Trout proved difficult
This months early Grayling trips produced a multitude of brown trout, even though we tried to avoid them as we moved from pool to pool in search of Grayling, and although we did catch the odd Grayling, the fluctuating water levels didn't make it easy, whilst at the same time we were trying to avoid the attention of those relentless brown trout, which proved very difficult indeed to say the least, with sessions often running into double figures. A classic argument for barbless hooks!

Ready to go!
Apologies to those of you I have had to cancel due to the poor water conditions, but you would not have benefited whatsoever from a trip in these conditions and we can always re-arrange when circumstances improve and success is more likely. However I will remain optimistic that conditions could still improve and allow us to target Grayling before Christmas, and as you can see I have a few flies to try too, tied for me by a client and good friend of mine John Dunn (Thanks again John). Although realistically we do need the water to behave itself. That said, it is rising yet again as I write this Blog, so fingers crossed!
 
Worst case scenario, I will certainly get those keen Grayling anglers amongst you out on the river in the New Year, it just means waiting that little bit longer if necessary!


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Low Water Prevailed

Low water conditions prevailed
Unfortunately the last few days of the salmon season (which finished on the Eden on the 14th Oct) didn't benefit from any fresh water whatsoever, (as was the case on many other rivers too) and although there were salmon in most of the pools, the low flows that dominated the latter part of the season made fishing for salmon very difficult. It is interesting though that there now seems to be a trend towards improving catches of spring fish over the past few years and this year was no exception, with good catches of salmon (for those who were out fishing for them) throughout the earlier months of the season and right into August when water flows were much better.

Given these apparent changes, a salmon fishing foray during these earlier months is well worth considering, with April / May historically seeing some very good trout fishing, therefore this always offers something to fall back on if water flows are low and the salmon fishing is suffering as a result of this.

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Christian about to let go!

One that didn't escape (until returned)
However, we did have some good casting sessions too and an extraordinary spell when Brown Trout were taking a large Cascade during Christian Woolfenden and John Schofield return trip in October for some further salmon fishing. They had a dozen trout between them to around 3lb and lost a few too as you can see in the video above. That said, the Browns do often become very aggressive at this time of year as they prepare for spawning and the bigger they are the more likely they will get first crack at anything that enters their territory. Oh well at least something was pulling.

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John putting out a nice line

Since the Salmon season ended on the Eden I have been involved with the AAPGAI assessments again, this time at a new venue on the river Test at Broadlands down in Hampshire. Those of you who know the river down there will also know that this is one of the widest areas of the Test, offering plenty of space and distance for both single handed and double handed assessments, and the uniformed wading is ideal for this too. A great event with a 50% success rate for candidates taking their assessments and an excellent turn out from the membership for the new members day event held on Saturday 17th Oct. To top this off I even got the chance to fish both the Test and The Avon whilst I was down there, and managed to catch a couple of Grayling too, very different fishing to our usual northern pursuits I can assure you.

AAPGAI Open day on the Test
Anyway not much more to report I'm afraid, but I will be out again at the weekend following the recent freshet of water, (typical now the salmon season is over). However the water is now falling away again and the advantage of this low water is that the Grayling fishing should be very good, especially after the influx of young fish we were seeing earlier in the year. Don't worry though, if they are on I haven't forgotten my promise to several of you to give you the heads up for a Grayling session, which can be great fun. "I will be in touch!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September Masquerades as Summer

Malcolm Roberts on the Eden
Not great salmon fishing weather for September, with hot bright Summer conditions and hardly a drop of rain where we needed it, and although we did get some rain, it was very localised, only raising the river briefly overnight before dropping off again almost as quickly as it had risen, the total opposite to August I'm afraid!

Needless to say, the salmon fishing has suffered as a result of these unseasonable conditions, with no water to encourage fresh fish to enter the river, and those fish that are in the system becoming stale and difficult to catch, although whilst trying to target them we have been seeing fish in the pools, as Malcolm, who came for some tuition and fishing (pictured above fishing one of these pools) will testify to.

Phil into a trout
However, during this unfriendly salmon fishing weather, whilst the sun has been high in the sky, we have regularly used the time to focus on some casting sessions, and as well as those of you who have specifically come for guided salmon fishing and tuition, many of you have also come along for prearranged casting sessions, which as it has turned out has been a good time to do so whilst these low water and hot weather continues have persisted.

Henry on the dry
With most people targeting salmon at this time of year the trout fishing was a little neglected and on numerous occasions we have been seeing some good fish rising to the fly, however, I have had a few people out on the river with me who were keen to have a go for them, with some success. 

Henry and Phil (pictured above and right) were just two of them, although I wish they had been with me on a few other occasions when the surface has erupted into the evening just as the sun  began to lower in the sky, prior to the temperature dropping, which did serve as a reminder that it was actually September. 

David Pinner with a lower Eden trout
Also David Pinner and David Bateman, who came individually for salmon tuition and fishing, both had a go for the trout, (as you can see from the pictures) and whilst the salmon fishing was slow this was a welcome opportunity for something to pull their string and at least give them some welcome sport on what would otherwise be difficult conditions for salmon fishing.

David Bateman in again
With the trout season now over today (30th September) our focus must be firmly set on the remainder of the salmon season, regardless of the conditions, so out again tomorrow with Jeff Jones to do exactly that and try to outwit one of these fish. Here's hoping!

Going into October I am praying for rain to lift river levels and encourage some action over the remaining two weeks of the season, but regardless of what may happen, nothing will stop us from setting up the Grayling rods the moment the salmon season ends in preparation for some pending winter sport.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Good Flows in August (Plenty of Salmon About)

Eden Herling
Following several downpours this month, August has seen plenty of water in the river, and along with it there has been a steady influx of salmon entering the system too, (unlike last year) and although the last few spring seasons have been gradually improving, last year saw the back end run all but collapse, however this has definitely not been the case this year and following yet another good spring season the salmon continue to enter the river in good numbers. We have also seen a rise in sea trout numbers this year, (especially on the lower river) including good numbers of herling too, (young sea trout) many of which we have been catching on the dry fly late into the evening.

Ian with his Magnificent fish
We got August off to a great start with a session on the lower river for Ian Bibby and his friend Dave. Following a Spey casting session in the morning, whilst fishing a coloured water, through which you could see your boots from your knees, a very good indicator, ("I always say") that there is a distinct possibility of tempting a salmon to take your fly, Dave did exactly that, and caught his first ever salmon on a variation of a fly known as the General Practitioner, or GP as it is often referred to. Not only did he catch his first ever salmon, it turned out to be a solid, fresh sea liced fish of around 12lb. Well Done Ian!

T&S Facebook Page
Between tuition and fishing sessions I took part in another rod test for the Trout & Salmon magazine, this time putting a variety of multi-section salmon rods through their paces, rods that may appeal more to the travelling angler. I always enjoy these sessions as we get the chance to cast with several fly rods that are often new to the market, giving us a good insight into the capabilities of these rods and how they cope with a variety of fly lines, but more importantly, affording us the ability to offer good advice to people thinking of buying a new piece of kit. "Very Enjoyable". The results of this test are now in the shops inside the September addition of the magazine.

One for the pot (first salmon)
Several casting lessons this month have also included fishing sessions, this allows people to put their new found skills into practise. One of these sessions was very eventful indeed, as David Bateman (one of my regular visitors) found out during an exciting experience of his own. We started with some salmon casting tuition in the morning and because the fishing was slow I decided to put David on the trout rod fishing two bead head flies (point fly and dropper). David initially lost a couple of trout, caught one, then hooked into something substantial on his 5 weight rod and 5 weight line. Yes you guessed it, a salmon. After an interesting half hour he landed a beautiful fresh 5lb salmon (Grilse) on a silver head Caddis pattern, using a 5lb leader. How about that for all the fives! This was also David's first salmon, what a way to do it. "Excellent".

Lowther Casting Demonstration
I attended the Lowther Show again this August, along with good friends and fellow instructors on the 15th and 16th of the month. We provided a wide range of demonstrations on the fishing island, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and would hasten to add that I thought it was the best Lowther Show to date, with much more going on this year and plenty more planned for next year too. A big thank you to those of you who came along to see me for a chat at the show, it was good to see you all there. The only concern was that there were several fish caught on the river whilst I was away from it, but at least it reminds us that they are still there.

Borderlines & AAPGAI teach the kids
The following weekend (22nd & 23rd Aug) saw a group of us at the Galloway Country Fair, held at Drumlanrig Castle in South West Scotland. Yet another weekend where we received news of more fish being caught on the Eden, that was until a local storm brought heavy rain again and the rivers rose. This made us feel a little better as we were not missing out on any good fishing. At the show we were representing both AAPGAI and Borderlines, whilst continuing to focus on introducing youngsters to angling, as you can see from the picture above showing one of our instructors teaching a youngster how to roll cast during a demonstration.

Christian's Sea Trout
Upon returning to the Eden again, with the water falling following the recent rain, I was out with two regulars, John and Christian, and as usual they didn't let me down, as Christian, first of all landed a nice sea trout, (pictured left) and then proceeded to hook into a salmon (Grilse) of around 5lb, (pictured below) which he also landed. Had it not been for the heavy downpour through the previous night, which saw the river rising very slowly throughout the day whilst they were fishing, (not ideal) I think we would have seen further success. However I am certainly not complaining as they still caught fish.

Christian's Grilse
John and Christian are returning for two days in October for another shot at these hard fighting fish, and it has to be said, that given their catch rate percentage (on the Eden) over the past few years, they will hopefully be in for another successful trip. I look forward to seeing them both again in October as we always have a good laugh on the river. "Tight Lines Boys".

CAA Session.
We delivered our final evening session for Carlisle Angling Association members (CAA) on the town water this week. A very enjoyable round up session (so to speak) to end what has been a comprehensive series of five monthly sessions. There were plenty of questions from the attendees too, which was great, as we recapped all of the casts we had covered throughout the previous sessions, with both the double and single handed rods. We also discussed and demonstrated a variety of slack line casts, curves and mends, as well as the hauling techniques that can be adopted when using the single handed trout rods. Another good evening!

Finishing on a high!
Finally this month after spending a couple of hours yesterday looking at, and discussing, the mechanics of Spey casting with Jonathan (pictured here) in preparation for his assessment to become an instructor, we spent the next couple of hours fishing the fly through a beat on the lower river, and after popping out a few nice casts, Jonathan managed to land a lovely little fresh salmon of around three and a half pounds. A great way to end the month!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Mixed Conditions in July

A good Sea Trout
Well July has certainly been a very varied Month as far as the weather and water conditions are concerned. We have seen hot spells, cold snaps, heavy rain, light rain, high water, low water, calm periods (although not many) and once again very windy days. Not much of a summer up to now I'm afraid, however the fishing has stayed quite constant, despite these unsettled conditions, with salmon continuing to enter the lower beats on low water and pushing through the river when water levels have risen. Sea trout are also still very much in attendance and on the few nights when the wind has dropped and the water has remained low and clear, (with overcast conditions) fish have been taken, and once again there have been nights when good fish were lost, but we have also had some decent daytime sessions too when some nice Sea Trout were landed on black and yellow tube flies whilst targeting Salmon in slightly coloured water conditions.

Nick's first time on the Double Hander
It was good to see some total beginners coming for lessons this month, as well as being able to catch up with a few regulars who have been to me several times now and have really moved on with their casting. After all these years, it still gives me a real buzz to witness these improvements in people and to know that I have been instrumental in this process. Nick on the left did a great job getting to grips with the Double Hander for the first time and Jeff below, who is a regular visitor, is now becoming very proficient with his casting and fishing techniques.

Some nice casts from Jeff
It has to be said though, that although the ultimate goal is to catch fish, it is also nice to be able to finish your day's fishing knowing that your casting and fishing techniques were not only on song, but were also very enjoyable, regardless of the outcome. "That's what fishing is all about".

Killyleagh 2015
I visited N. Ireland again this month for our annual trip to the Irish International Fly Fair (held in Killyleagh) as part of the AAPGAI demonstration team in association with APGAI Ireland. The show is not only attended by avid fly fishers, but also by a variety of excellent fly dressers from all around the world, many of whom (strangely enough) also happen to fly fish. A great show, and one worth visiting if you get the chance, oh, and the odd pint of Guinness may be consumed in the evenings too.

David Playing a trout in the fading light
Back home on the Eden the trout fishing remained steady and continued to produce better results later in the evenings as the light began to fade. If you are prepared to go out during these periods then good sport can be had. That said, we have also had some good results throughout the day when conditions are overcast, although it is generally during the calmer spells when the wind decides to drop from time to time that this occurs, when once again the dry fly has come into it's own.

Returning an Evening Brown
Spiders continue to prove less effective, only producing the odd fish here and there. However, given the opportunity when conditions are right, there is nothing more satisfying than watching a dry fly on the surface, as the light begins to fade, and your concentration is at it's peak, trying to focus on your dry as it disappears into the darkness, often striking at the "shlup" noise as a trout takes a "real" fly in the general area where you think your artificial may be. Eventually you have to accept the fact that it is simply too dark to carry on!

"Nice one Pam"
Gold and silver headed nymphs have also produced in the pocket waters of the faster runs, as Pam found out, (pictured Left) as she proceeded to catch her very first Brown Trout on a Pheasant Tailed Nymph (PTN). Pam also lost a better fish prior to this and had a few chances too, not bad for a first attempt, especially as this was on very low water with intermittent bright conditions. "Nice one Pam". I should add that she did all of this whilst successfully executing the circle cast for the very first time too. 

Steve playing his first Rainbow
A little bit of Stillwater fishing was the order of the day this month, with two great guys who had never fly fished before and wanted to try it whilst fishing for Rainbow trout for the first time. Brothers, Pete and Steve, took to it very well and after a casting session in the morning, (amongst other things) they put their new found skills into practise out on the lake.

The End Result
After experimenting with a variety of flies, we found the fly they were interested in, (an Elk Hair Sedge) fished in a bit of a wave. Pete made contact with a couple of fish first, then Steve landed a nice Rainbow Trout of around 2 1/2lb. Well Done Both!

Borderlines days for youngsters continued in July with another successful day, this time out on the West coast of Cumbria during the School holidays in the form of a have a go session for youngsters of all ages, and they caught a few fish too. 

CAA Member's Session
Yet another session for Carlisle Anglers ensued on the river Eden, following on from previous sessions, looking at a variety of techniques with both single and double handed fly rods to help combat differing wind situations. The ultimate goal being to put these techniques into practise in a fishing situation, a very enjoyable session once again with some good banter on the river bank.

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Finally this month, along with fellow instructors Derek and Geoff, I had the opportunity to attend a product day held by Guide Fly Fishing at Bank House Fly Fishery near Lancaster, where we got the chance to meet up and chat with good friends and like minded anglers, but even jucier than that, we also got the chance to have a play with some new gear and have a cast with a variety of different rod and line combinations. What's better than that for a day out. Thanks for the invite guys!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Still Windy but at Least it's Warm AT LAST!

This Brown devoured a Waddington
First of all I have to own up to the fact that I left the UK for warmer climes for 10 days in June, so I did miss a bit of the action on the river, however there were still plenty of salmon being caught whilst I was away, at least before the water dropped down to summer level that is. That said, although we are still getting persistent winds (albeit warmer ones) these lower levels are certainly not discouraging some good Sea Trout from entering the system, which is not unusual, as those Sea Trout anglers amongst you will know, as these enigmatic fish are certainly not discouraged by low water and will run the river regardless, especially in the twilight hours.

Youngsters on a Borderlines Day
Since my return from holiday I have only taken people out for Sea Trout  (through the night) a couple of times, but during these sessions we have made contact with some very powerful fish, but unfortunately we haven't landed any yet. That said, it is very comforting and exciting to know that we are most certainly fishing productive water and that any minute now your fly is about to be stopped in it's tracks, "a great feeling". We have however encountered some large Brown Trout in the dark too, and although most have been returned, the one in the picture (above right) took a Waddington that hard and deep that we had to kill it, but it certainly did not go to waste (very appetising).

Small but Beautiful
In the interim, there has been plenty of tuition sessions and a whole range of youth days with the Borderlines team, mainly fly fishing days, but we did incorporate a coarse fishing day into the programme with youngsters from a local school, some of these youngsters catching their first ever fish, "Brilliant".

With my Borderlines cap on it is worth mentioning that we have now introduced around 15,000 youngsters to angling and protecting the environment, these days all require funding, which is becoming more and more difficult to secure, so if anyone wishes to assist with this, all donations are welcome, whether it's financial assistance or simply tackle donations, every little helps. "Pitch over"! 

Returning an Eden Grayling
Whilst fishing for Trout and Grayling, several other tuition and fishing sessions on the river have produced mixed results, providing us with both difficult and productive days, but like the Sea Trout fishing, when the wind lulls, the fishing has improved, especially when dry fly fishing has been the order of the day. It has to be said though, "there has been very few days in Cumbria this year when we haven't encountered wind of some sort". At least now it is warmer though!

A late evening trout on the Dry
Whilst the river has been low, (apart from when the wind lulls) the nymphs have proven more productive, especially when employing a variety of goldheads fished subsurface, with spiders and dries not performing as well, although when we do manage to get a calm spell, the dry fly has come into it's own, especially the last hour before dark. We have had a few nice fish during this period prior to the Sea Trout fishing taking place.

CAA Members
Our annual Guide Fly Fishing day took place again on Saturday the 27th June for Carlisle Angling Association members. This event offers an opportunity for CAA members to come along and try out some of the products available on the market today. These products are kindly brought along by fellow AAPGAI instructor Jim Fearn, (from Guide Fly Fishing) and as usual everyone enjoyed the day and gave the rods and lines a good work out. Free tuition was also available from myself and Jim for those attending. 

Tuesday evening (30th June) also saw the third in a series of five monthly sessions for members of Carlisle Angling Association, the sessions being designed to address the whole range of Spey casts for both single handed and double handed rods. 

Monthly CAA Casting Sessions
The sessions are arranged by the CAA committee free of charge for members wishing to come along and improve their skills. All sessions include demonstrations and free tuition from myself and fellow AAPGAI instructor Geoff Johnston. The remaining two evening sessions will be held on the 30th July and the 27th August.

Plenty going on next month again, I will keep you informed!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Crazy Weather Continues, but Plenty of Fish.

A male (Eden) Large Brook Spinner
What's going on! we don't seem to be able to shake off this wind at all, it has followed us out of April and right through May. Just when you think it's about to get warmer, the wind kicks in again and really cools things down. It's a trait that's persisted throughout the whole year so far. However, those prolific Grannom hatches also continued into early May and did give us some welcome sport on pupa patterns, and the usual subsurface nymphs continued to do the job too.


John's Jingler Tying
We've also had the customary Brook Duns in attendance, a formidable fly, but not one that is readily taken by the trout on the Eden, although now and then the spinners of these flies are most definitely blown onto the water and when this happens, a good dry fly representation can prove deadly. A client and good friend of mine (John Dunn) tied me his version of the popular Jingler pattern, and although the colour is not an exact match to the adult Brook Spinner, I have found that it is an excellent representation of these Large upwinged spinners when they are on the water, and  they work very well too. I am also looking forward to giving them a cast when we start seeing some good hatches of Blue Winged Olives on the river, which hopefully shouldn't be too far off.


A nice Brown for Phil on the Nymph
There were also a few hawthorn flies in attendance in the first couple of weeks of May, but although they too were being blown onto the water, I didn't notice much interest from the trout. No great hatches of olive uprights yet, at least not in the areas we were fishing. This, in my opinion, may be due to the cold intermittent winds we were and still are experiencing, effecting temperatures, especially into the evenings. However I am sure the best hatches of these very welcome insects are still to come once temperatures begin to rise again.

Craig with another Brown
Needless to say, (as usual) this certainly hasn't prevented us from catching some very nice trout, (as you can see from the pictures) and along with the usual nymph patterns, the dry fly (at times) has also been very effective,  mainly during those periods when the wind did decide to give way to calmer spells, even though these spells were more the exception than the rule. It's still very noticeable however, that during these calmer spells there's more surface activity from the trout, and in turn, more interest in the dry fly, especially over the last week or so. "Bring it on".


Underwater shot of a returned Brown
I did manage to have a go myself for an hour following a teaching session on Wednesday evening, and the trout were certainly interested whilst fishing with one of my favourite go to dries, "The parachute Adams". This fly works exceptionally well on the Eden, and many other places too for that matter. The added bonus here being, that even though my choice of fly size is often small, the parachute (post) itself stands out a mile, even I can see it, especially if I am fishing at distance, which can be a necessity on certain areas of the Eden.


A future Angler
The Brown Trout in the picture above hung around for a short spell on the river bed as it recovered from the fight, just long enough for me to get this great underwater shot.

In addition to this, with good flows and water temperatures averaging around 11 degrees Celsius (approx 52 Fahrenheit) throughout most of May, conditions have continued to favour the salmon anglers on the river, and the very good news is that there has been plenty of Springer's reported being caught from a variety of beats along the river, with some anglers catching several fish in a day.


One of several keen Scouts
The majority of these catches have been coming from higher up the system, as fish have been running straight through the lower beats. This is no surprise given the extra water we have had, and the fact that the lower Eden beats historically produce better catches when the water is low. Nevertheless, this has certainly been the best Spring season the river has seen for some years and a positive start to the 2015 salmon season! Let's hope the back end run continues in this vein and also produces good results this year.


A £100 cheque from the Trust
Borderlines days have kept us very busy again this month, whilst introducing even more youngsters to angling and the Environment, and a big thank you goes to the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust for sponsoring these really worthwhile events, and although these days have keept me and my colleagues off the river whilst there is some excellent salmon fishing to be had, it has certainly been worth it to be part of a team involved with a range of youngsters who will hopefully be our anglers of the future. More Borderlines days planned for next week!


First Ever Grayling
Congratulations must go out to Ellie McConnachie (pictured above) from Cargenbridge Primary School, for winning the fishing for the future poster competition. Her prize was a cheque for £100, which will be used to buy science equipment for her school. The winning cheque was awarded by Debbie Parke from the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust. Well Done Ellie!

In the main, the Borderlines days have consisted of a variety of school sessions on both river and Stillwater, however we also delivered a session to a very keen group of Scouts, with some good Rainbow Trout being caught by several of the youngsters attending. The river sessions also produced fish, with one attendee landing a good Grayling, before promptly returning it to the water to fight another day.


Future Lady Anglers
It must be said that there are some very good potential female anglers coming through the ranks during the Borderlines sessions too, both good casters and also very good when it comes to playing a fish. Here are just a few of them.

As the weekend arrived again it was back out on the river with people to do some casting and fishing sessions. Rain arrived again as we did so, but not in excess, and although the river rose a little, which may make the trout fishing slightly more difficult in places, (mainly on the lower river) until levels fall and clear again, it will certainly help to maintain good flows, which in turn should hopefully assist the continuation of the excellent salmon fishing experienced by many since the start of the season, and with warmer weather imminent, it will not be long before we are seeing more insects appearing on the river, water levels falling again, and the trout and Grayling fishing back on track.


Male (Eden) Iron Blue Spinner
In fact, although we have seen showers again today, we did have a relatively pleasant day yesterday, and whilst giving a casting lesson on the upper river, (with the salmon rod) there had been some prolific hatches of iron blue's and the spinners of these lively little upwings were absolutely everywhere, with the trout paying them plenty of attention too. We also saw the odd Mayfly in attendance, (Ephemera Danica) sometimes referred to as the Green Drake, a beautiful insect that we don't often see in abundance on the Eden, but they do hatch in large numbers on Lake Ullswater, which is not far off us on the outskirts of the Lake District. The odd yellow May Dunn passed us in the air too, whilst at the same time two very fresh salmon ran through the beat in front of us, so all the indicators are definitely positive on the river at the moment.