Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

June Trout

Contributed by Mark Sant Jennings (22.07.2012)

Had a wonderful evening's fishing on your lovely river. In fact we were travelling from Devon to Scotland to fish and just had to fish the Eden; one of our 'must fish before we die' rivers.

It provided the best fishing of the whole trip, Scotland was disappointing.  Anyway, the trout was weighed in a 'weigh net' at 1.6 kilos, kept in the water at all times and returned. It measured 18.5 inches (only), it was a male fish, very broad and in splendid condition. I've had trout up to 19.5" from the Usk, but I think this fish was heavier. It was rising against the far bank, a delicate rise that belied the size of the trout and I took him on a #18 midge emerger.

River Eden Trout

I had 2 more fish in quick succession from the same lie, they were both over 2 lbs, it was an extraordinary half an hour, the battle with the first and largest fish did not put the others down at all. In all I had 6 fish in a 3 hour evening session having struggled throughout the day. If this is representative of the stamp of fish the Eden can produce, we will be back again, for sure.

Regards from Devon

Mark Sant Jennings