Contributed by Troutfly (12.04.2005)
On my first outing of the season I fished the Eden above Musgrave Bridge. The weather was colder than forecast but the day was bright and certainly comfortable. The river was in beautiful shape. After 15 minutes of searching the river with an upstream nymph I reverted to dry fly to add greater interest to my outing. Thirty minutes later a sprightly 1/4 lb trout devoured my Black Gnat. I had come for an hour's fishing and I left it at that. Despite plenty of Olives floating gently down the river I never saw a fish move other than the one I caught.
A fellow angler provided interesting crack with tales of a 4lb fish being taken a day or two earlier, plus short visits producing up to 8 fish for a colleague of his.
On the way home I couldn't resist a further half hour on the Belah above the bridge at Brough Sowerby. I didn't connect with anything but enjoyed a pleasant half hour on a delightful stream!