River Eden, England

The River Eden is a scenic playground that has wonderful fly fishing for salmon and trout anglers. Through its length the fly fishing on the River Eden offers a wide and varied experience. The river flows over moorland before running through sandstone gorges in the middle reaches. Further downstream the river broadens and the gradient flattens. Each section offers a different challenge. From tight rock pools and canyon shoots to sweeping riffles.

Fly fishing in Cumbria can be a great standalone trip or an excellent way of extending a trip north to Scotland.

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Salmon Fishing

The lower and middle sections hold salmon throughout the season and it is because of this the river Eden is considered one of the best salmon rivers in England. The season opens on the 15th January and runs through to the 14th October. Spring can be challenging with higher water, adverse weather and limited salmon. But this time of the season you are fishing for quality over quantity. It is when hardy anglers hope to bend into large and powerful bars of silver.

The prime time of the salmon season is considered to be from May to the close of the season. By May the water has warmed and the spring fish tend to be more willing takers of the fly. Later in the season good numbers of salmon are present in many of the main holding pools. Now it is the case of trying to lure rather than shock the salmon onto the fly.

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Trout Fishing

The trout fishing on the River Eden can be a great fallback for salmon anglers during low water conditions. But for many it is the biggest attraction of the region. Throughout the system the river boasts some of the finest fly fishing for wild brown trout in the UK. Each season its waters produce some truly giant wild fish. The trout season runs from 15th March to 30th September. Throughout anglers can encounter fantastic fly hatches. These hatches often bringing the largest of trout to the surface. Although patience is key to locating the big fish. That the fish also attack traditional wet flies fished down and across willingly. This is an exciting method to fish for those more used to upstream tactics. During quieter days nymphing techniques can be prolific, as can streamers fished in rising river conditions.

Although less documented, the River Eden does also offer good grayling fishing from the 16th June and into the colder winter months. The fish love the clean gravel runs that can be found from Appleby to Carlise.

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Our Cumbria fly fishing breaks on the River Eden are hosted at the delightful Tufton Arms. The Tufton Arms offers 20 hotel rooms and 3 self-catering apartments. It is ideally located in the centre of the old market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. The old coaching house is traditionally decorated and houses stunning original game artwork by Jason Lowes as well as wonderful historical paintings.

There are two communal lounges, a small full-service bar and a great restaurant with an award-winning wine selection. The hotel is owned and run by Nigel Milsom, an avid fly fisherman himself and always on hand to offer advice ahead of your day on the water.

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For more information about our UK salmon fly fishing options please contact us or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.