Wild England





Go Active Fishing is delighted to offer wild trout and grayling fishing on the beautiful River Eden in Cumbria and to have the expert advice and experience of Jeremy Lucas who will be managing our English fishing expeditions. 

The trips with Jeremy on the river Eden are about exploring the modern approach, with leader and light line techniques, with nymph and, particularly, dry-fly.


They are therefore aimed at fly anglers who have the fundamental skills and some river experience. They are also all about absorbing the lovely nature and tranquillity of this area of Cumbria. 

The River Eden is synonymous with the best fly fishing Britain has to offer with excellent habitat and abundant fly life making your fishing experience one to remember. 

Go Active Fishing offers the experienced angler an opportunity to fish with Jeremy in stunning surroundings.


The Eden experience is available through Go Active Fishing with a tailored holiday by Jeremy to more than satisfy your expectation of wild fish on dry-fly or nymph. The experience will help you transfer your new knowledge to other rivers while learning from one of Britain's most knowledgeable  and recognisable anglers. 

The River Eden and its many tributaries make a wonderful area to fish and with Jeremy to guide you we are sure that it will be an experience that you will cherish into the future.

The majority of the fishery is easy wading with bank fishing possible in many locations.

The strict policy of catch and release is to be welcomed and provides guests with a myriad of challenges as these fish are extremely wild and fly presentation must be correct to catch them.

The brown trout are beautifully proportioned with an average size of 25cm to 50cm with the occasional fish of over 60cm while the grayling are in the range of 25cm to 40cm with larger fish to  50cm a possibility.

The best periods for  brown trout are Spring, Summer and Autumn and these seasons can be equally good given suitable conditions.

A 10 ft. fly rod with low AFTM of 2,3 or 4 are the most appropriate with a floating line covering most conditions with a tippet of 0.10-0.15mm.

Flies and nymphs are available locally to purchase and the best and most popular choices include,   CDC plume tips,  various nymphs including PTN and Hydro Jigs.

The Eden is a prolific fishery and a session can result in a catch of up to six quality trout, dependant on conditions of course. The use of plume tips is widely practised and is probably the best chance of productive fishing. Grayling can be taken in Winter with similar catches to trout but is more dependent on water colour and height.


Anglers need to equip themselves with suitable clothing dependant on season with chest waders a mandatory requirement. This fishing trip is suitable for anglers who have the basic knowledge and experience and as such no instruction on casting is available.






Go Active Fishing can arrange all your needs with airport transfers, accommodation and transfers to daily fishing locations with guide. Accommodation can be recommended and arranged by us with various hotels in Appleby. Packed lunch can be arranged by Go Active Fishing from your accommodation provider.

A recent article by Jeremy explains how the Eden even surprises him with its abundant wildlife and seemingly inexhaustible willingness to recover from climate related flooding and historical agricultural inputs.

The fishing in spring is best described by Jeremy and what a good spring can bring to this great river.


"Sometimes I wonder if it is just me; but the river has been staggeringly beautiful this year, and the fishing at least as good as I can ever remember it. I’m talking about the Eden and its tributaries, particularly the Lowther. In spite of generally poor weather, for the season, the hatches have been steadily growing and as I write this it is actually difficult to keep track of all the species that might be simultaneously on the surface. Yesterday, for example, up on the Appleby AA Sandford stretch, I counted seven different species of upwing, including danica mayfly. I did not see a single mayfly taken, however, and I have barely seen any taken this year. For some reason(s), so long as there is another species of upwing active at the time, the trout, and grayling, seem to ignore the danica. I wonder if they take the nymph, but they certainly don’t bother with the adult, not, at least, when there are medium olives or iron blues about, even pale wateries – and these species are all currently active on Eden. I’m spending more time on the Lowther than almost any year so far, completely enthralled by the huge fish we are regularly catching. This one came to a 19 plume tip, using a 6’6″ S-glass rod from Polish Rods.  Lawrence was on hand to snap a few photos as I dealt with it and the fish was in the air for less than 10 seconds, returned completely unharmed. This ‘Lowther leopard’ was a fat 55cm and we reckon somewhere around 4lbs. It is not exceptional by any means on the Eden system. I am grinning because I am just so happy that these magnificent wild fish still exist in England, and it did take some catching!lowther trout, Eden, plume tip

Not that the Eden has been dull; in fact, for big trout, it has been similarly outstanding, at least on the parts of the river I fish most. There is the worry about a comparative lack of juvenile fish, of both species, as well as salmon parr, on the middle and upper river. This does not seem to apply to the Lowther, however, which seems to have good populations throughout the age range (though, oddly, no or few grayling on this river). I haven’t nymph fished since the early spring. It has been exclusively dry fly, which has meant the plume tip, nearly always in a 19, though increasingly now (which will continue into the autumn) with the 21. This fly is simply never rejected. Only if I spook the fish by a careless approach do I fail to rise it to this fly. A great tip though is that if you do notice rejections then simply changing to a smaller size, say from the 19 to a 21, nearly always solves that particular problem.  Black gnats can also catch us out – they did me, anyway, a couple of weeks ago. The tell-tale here is rising fish to flies you cannot see. Right about this time of year black gnats swarm and drop as wind falls (even on a calm day!) on the river’s surface. I think they are just about the only insect, one of the few anyway, that can shake fish off their pre-occupation with upwings.

It is fascinating watching the feeding behaviour at the moment, particularly how both trout and grayling tend to focus, sometimes exclusively, on one of the smaller upwing species, even when the comparatively huge olive uprights or danicas are in abundance. But a comparison between the trout and the grayling is most fascinating of all. The latter usually make the gentlest rises, almost imperceptible unless you are looking in the right place, and most especially the larger specimens. Big trout, too, have seemed to have learnt not to waste energy, although trout are never as subtle, even enigmatic, as the big grayling. I think for me that the big, wild brown trout is and always will be my favourite target fish, though I admire grayling more. Right now, though, we’re only thinking about the large trout that are turning up, feeding subtly or not, almost everywhere we visit on the system. This (at somewhere around 45cm and 2lbs in weight) was one of a catch of a dozen similar fish from a four hundred metre stretch of river. On the 19 plume tip, of course. Odd, in a way, how these big trout have been so active through the generally windy and cool weather this spring, but they have also lulled us into a sense of promise for the future of this river system. With the lack of juveniles, in many areas, at least the existence of large numbers of spawning stock must surely give us hope."

River Eden Fishing Tour – Cumbria, England | Tour Code: ENGGAF001

Price per person: P. O. A.

River Eden Fishing Tour Price – Hosted Package

Tour Style: Active – Experience required

Tour Length: n/a (Individual Tours)

Level of Challenge: High

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