Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

Eden and Belah

Contributed by Mike Roden (16.06.2005)

Introduced a good friend of mine to our streches of river. The water was up a little and a nice "tea" colour, the weather was warm but rainy and a horrible downstream wind for most of the time. Some hatches of olive uprights mixed with the odd yellow may and mayfly.

The fishing was it's usual standard although none of the "bigger" fish were fooled by our tactics. The most notable fish was a very nice grayling of about 1/2lb on the Belah. It was the first time I had really fished this river and it certainly won't be the last, also had a look upstream to the "fly only" water which looks a very promising dry fly stretch.

My friend was suitably impressed and repaid my hospitality by outfishing me but as he is a England Rivers International I'm not too worried!!