Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

First Visit

Contributed by Tom Hird (31.03.2005)

The Thursday promised to be a good day and I travelled up to the Eden for my first visit of the season. Little was moving around Musgrave bridge so I tackled up with a search rig (small tungsten bead GRHE and a tiny spider ). All quiet for the first hour, then a small sporadic hatch of olives occurred around 1.30. By this time I was upstream of the bridge past the beck that flows in after the church. A few small rises were seen and stealth, luck and patience equated to a lovely 17" brownie on the snipe and purple. This was followed ten minutes later with a 14", again on the S+P. The hatch petered out and all was quiet as I moved upstream to the stretch before the Belah. Amongst the opposite willows I caught another to 12" and missed a couple more. A very pleasant day with true spring in the air.


Tom Hird