River Eden March 2018
One foot above summer level at the start of the month. Very cold with heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures making fishing very uncomfortable. Despite the conditions an eighteen pound fish from Low House was caught to start the month off.
With the thaw and snowmelt on the 5th the river levels began to rise, three foot then followed by a six foot on the 7th.
Levels continue to keep fluctuating with much colour to the 14th, it has been a very frustrating start due to the conditions for the new season so far! A few fish up to eighteen pounds from above Carlisle being caught but a very slow start for us this season.
After a few more rises of water levels we are now at just under one foot at the end of March and with good clarity. The water temperature is still very much on the low side at just over 4oC, so little in the way of fly life just yet to get the trout moving. I am sure that when temperatures do begin to rise after this abnormally long spell of cold weather we will see some action.
There has been a twenty eight pound fish caught above Carlisle along with a few others in the high teens, they are all getting past us!
We are still awaiting the decision from the Environment Agency regarding the new by-laws for the Eden, I will let you know when I know.
Just be careful on the pool below the car park at Beaumont, as there has been some serious erosion over the winter period and the gravel bar not so easy to get out on to unless at low water levels. It is wade-able across but below it drops into a deep hole should you lose footing. The path through the wood also gone and we are going to have to work something out for that, please bear with us. Apart from that the rest of the pools are good.
The next three months are the most productive time to be out on the beats, good luck for April!