Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

A Perfect Spring Day

Contributed by Steve Turnbull (28.04.2008

After several very cold, rather crowded days (including mid week), upstream and downstream of Musgrave Bridge, I decided to move further upstream to Beckfoot and Eastfield Bridge. The sun was shining, the temperature was significantly higher and it was just like Spring! 

I enjoyed exploring new water and found a few small Olives were hatching as early as 10.30, with an odd fish rising in suitable runs.

For a change, after becoming tired of scratching around with nymphs since the beginning of the season, I decided to use dry fly, using a size 18 Brown Olive Para dun, and was rewarded with two brownies, both 12", from near the waterfall above Eastfield Bridge. In common with all the other brownies I have had this year, they were both still on the thin side.

I covered the water up to the upper limit and I saw a number of good fish, including one very big trout lying in shallow (but unfishable), water.

It was a perfect Spring day in the Upper Eden valley; a lovely river, plenty of fish, Dippers, Kingfishers, Curlews, Lapwings, sunshine, primroses and solitude.