Friday, 19 August 2011

North East Cumbria's rivers revisited

It was a planed weekend to fish the rivers near Penrith that I had been looking forward to for weeks. Unfortunately the weather had been unkind for days and we had been nervously watching the river levels all week. Despite this the Eden was still very low up until the morning we arrived! Starting out on my favored Eden beat we were met with increasingly heavy and persistent showers that were soon to become the main feature of the weekend and the Eden became blood red and on the way up the bank very quickly. As we struggled to find fishable waters I felt a bit like Goldilocks.  We tried the River  Eamont which was too low. As a last resort we decided to take a trip over to the Lowther and it looked just about right! And so it came to pass that it was the Lowther where we finished our trip that turned out to the best of all. The rain stopped, the sun came out and we had just a bit of dry fly action that will be in my memory for a long time to come.

A very low River Eamont.

A lovely ravine that looked as fishy as the soon to be rising fish confirmed it was!

Geoff disappearing into a Gunnera's on the river bank. Makes a nice change from the usual  knot weed and stuff!

One of very few fish that were caught that weekend but this one  made it all worth while. Nothing special  just a great take on a delicate dry that I was poised in anticipation for, (for a change).