Contributed by Brian Kirkwood (15.03.2003)
I have been a member of Kirkby Stephen Anglers for several years during which time I have fished the Eden and the Belah on a regular basis. This is a record of my fishing in 2003. This diary is not written retrospectively. It is written as a diary should be - recorded on the day for better or for worse - for posterity. Blanks are of interest as well as successes. Like any diary it will stand as an historical record. Before the season begins there is no way of knowing how it will proceed or how it will end. I do have some thoughts on how things may turn out based on my experiences and observations over previous seasons. I will share these thoughts with readers as I go along. My interest in the Eden is not confined to fishing. Wildlife, particularly bird life and entomology are also of value to me. At times I will wax lyrical on these subjects. Like any angler I am prone to recounting times past. If you share these interests then I hope this record of my experiences and thoughts on the 2003 season will interest you. For a record of my experiences this season please read my regular reports.