Appleby Eden

Teacuis

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Went to fish the Eden today and parked at the bridge at Bolton. When I got out of the car it was freezing (cold downstream easterly wind) so decided just to have a recce instead and left my gear in the car.
I walked down to Ousenstand bridge and back and saw 1 rise only. I saw half a dozen up wings (March Brown's?) and one solitary Grannom and nobody else on the river, still it was nice to walk the river which looked in good Nick.
I also called at Colby Laithes for a nosey and to check the parking - I spoke to the farmer and he was spot on with parking. The river here looks like it will fish well with small terrestrials fished under the far bank trees in summer so looking forward to that. I was a bit uneasy about the huge black bull in the field here but I kept my distance and he didn't seem bothered by my presence even though his ladies were in the field too.
On the way home I called into John Morris for some flytying bits and was pleasently surprised at getting 15% off when I mentioned I was in Appleby club.
Paul.
 

Mrtrout

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Went to fish the Eden today and parked at the bridge at Bolton. When I got out of the car it was freezing (cold downstream easterly wind) so decided just to have a recce instead and left my gear in the car.
I walked down to Ousenstand bridge and back and saw 1 rise only. I saw half a dozen up wings (March Brown's?) and one solitary Grannom and nobody else on the river, still it was nice to walk the river which looked in good Nick.
I also called at Colby Laithes for a nosey and to check the parking - I spoke to the farmer and he was spot on with parking. The river here looks like it will fish well with small terrestrials fished under the far bank trees in summer so looking forward to that. I was a bit uneasy about the huge black bull in the field here but I kept my distance and he didn't seem bothered by my presence even though his ladies were in the field too.
On the way home I called into John Morris for some flytying bits and was pleasently surprised at getting 15% off when I mentioned I was in Appleby club.
Paul.
A decent walk there Paul, I heard a few grannom were about, my friend had two trout to the dry at Winderwath.
I fished the Colby stretch two weeks ago, as you say river is in great condition but nothing happening yet.
I usually park on the opposite bank and cross at the stepping stones, the bull is usually ok, but I’m always wary of him.
If you check the notices on the AAA website, I’ve just put a reminder up for Norris’s discount, glad it worked. :thumbs:
S.
 

Teacuis

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Yes it was further than I thought and I didn't realise how unfit I'd become but a large glass of Ardmore is helping the aches ��
That bull sure is a big boy but he was very lame on a front leg so was quite subdued.
Do you park at the top of the hill at the locked gates on the other side and walk down? I had a look there as it shows parking on the club map but was unsure.
Paul.
 

Mrtrout

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Yes it was further than I thought and I didn't realise how unfit I'd become but a large glass of Ardmore is helping the aches ��
That bull sure is a big boy but he was very lame on a front leg so was quite subdued.
Do you park at the top of the hill at the locked gates on the other side and walk down? I had a look there as it shows parking on the club map but was unsure.
Paul.
I have a key for the padlock, you can but one at Pigneys, car park at the bottom, but about 4pm the gates are locked so NEVER forget your key.
I can’t walk from Bolton bridge to Ousenstand and back now, it’s about 5 miles, I used to fish it in one evening, those were the days. :D
S.
 

Teacuis

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That's good to know about the key for the gate thank you.
It was about 4.30 when I pulled into the car parking spot shown on the map and the gates were locked.
Yes it was quite a long walk but I took my time, Im not sure I could do it fully togged up for fishing but it was a lovely walk along the river looking at everything waking up after another long winter.
Paul.
 

Teacuis

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Just an add on, I'm really impressed with the variety of the fishing on the Eden with Appleby A. A.
I am still a novice on the river but lucky enough to live close enough be able to spend time walking it if the weather is inclement .
From open fields with long glides ending in riffles to near bank shallows opposite deeps overhung by trees with wary trout lurking it looks like a very challenging but rewarding river when things line up.
Paul.
 

Mrtrout

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Just an add on, I'm really impressed with the variety of the fishing on the Eden with Appleby A. A.
I am still a novice on the river but lucky enough to live close enough be able to spend time walking it if the weather is inclement .
From open fields with long glides ending in riffles to near bank shallows opposite deeps overhung by trees with wary trout lurking it looks like a very challenging but rewarding river when things line up.
Paul.
It’s most certainly challenging Paul, much more than it used to be, but delightful countryside to walk in.
Glad you like it all, it will pick up soon I hope, I have three guests from Cornwall arriving Sunday night, need to show them some fish!!
No pressure then. :D
S.
 

Teacuis

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It's stunning countryside and as you say delightful to walk - so unspoilt and long may it continue. Good luck with the guests, no rain forecast in the next 10 days which is a miracle for Cumbria and 15C!!
Paul.
 
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