Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Last Cast 2020

A nice lower river fish for Andy

As the 2020 season for many rivers in the UK now draws to a close the general consensus for the vast majority of salmon rivers shows a good all round season and the river Eden was no exception, especially in the early months once we were eventually allowed to fish again, however the latter part of the season certainly produced some very big fish throughout the system with all areas reporting some very large coloured cock fish being caught. Not surprising as these fish can be very aggressive when in attendance at this time of year!

One in the Net

As you are all aware, it's been a difficult season for trying to get everyone who had booked in for guiding and tuition sessions out on the river in the time left available to us due to the various lockdowns and restrictions in place in different areas, with many of these sessions having to be rolled over to a later date in the year, not to mention some of you missing out all together because of this, so hopefully this can be rectified next season, fingers crossed!

A proud moment for David

Anyway despite these difficult times we did encounter some good fish again towards the end of the season, especially cock fish in their spawning livery, but good fighters non the less and the steady amount of fish running the system bodes well for the future.

Once again we encountered several large trout at the back end too as they were not shy in taking some formidable looking salmon flies, some of these specimen browns would have been spectacular sport on the trout rod, but they live to fight another day and I look forward to meeting them again on the right gear!

One of several for Jeff

Since the end of the Eden season the river has been mostly in the trees due to the large amount of rainfall we have recently experienced, (nothing new there I'm afraid) so no chance at the moment of any Grayling fishing anytime soon. However once the river falls again, and if we can manage a week or so of settled lower water, this could easily change and I will be keeping a keen eye on this as I do like a bit of Grayling fishing myself whenever possible.

A last minute Specimen for David

Anyway I hope you have all at least managed to get a little bit of fishing in over these difficult times and with the new lockdown rules in England now upon us I am fully aware that this (once again) makes it difficult for some of you to travel to certain rivers to do this, so even if we do get good conditions for Grayling they may not be easy to access because of this, but here's hoping!

Returned Safe and Sound

That said, as long as everyone remains safe and well, that's all we can ask for, and I look forward to seeing some of you again next season when hopefully things return to some kind of normality, whatever that might be. "Tight Lines" to all and stay positive.