Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

More fish on return visit

Contributed by Chris Dempsey (29.03.2007)

I thought I would update you on my return visit to the Eden.  As usual I picked the only day of the week when it poured down, the temprature dropped below 5 degrees and there was snow lying on the Howgils.

We had a tough morning without seeing any fish.  However, in the afternoon it warmed up slightly and topped raining.  This resulted in a hatch of dark olives which began to move the fish.  I changed from a goldhead to an olive klink hammer.

At first the fish were wary and were easily spooked. I changed fly again to a brown klinkhammer and within a couple of casts I was into a Brownie of 12 inches which was returned quickly to the water. I caught and returned two other fish - one again about 12 inches and a cracking Brownie of 17 inches (2.5lb). In my two visits to the Eden I have caught my second biggest Grayling and my biggest ever Brownie.  Thank you!