My good friend David Hall came to the Eden to fish with me for the weekend, a day on the lower river and a day on the middle. The initial intention was for a salmon, but with the water levels so low it was always going to be difficult, so we went for trout and grayling.

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Did not have to wait long for some action even though it was very bright.

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Fishing small nymphs and spiders of David’s tying which were very effective.

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Fish came at a steady pace with the odd lull throughout the day.

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The last one just before the big tide hit, a good day. The following session was going to be at the very picturesque Lower Lazonby Estate.

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The fishing continued to be consistent with both trout and grayling.

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Nothing big today and they needed work to get the takes, but there was plenty of them.

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You can quite complacent when the fishing is relatively easy.

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When out of the blue, a rather large fish took the small nymph, a size 14 sparkle on the point and was not happy about that!

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A few terrifying and heart stopping runs later, with just a four weight and four pound leader in hand and with the fish tearing up and down the pool, David kept a cool head, I had to run up the hill to the car to get a bigger net ….

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There was a happy conclusion and David got his first fly caught salmon which was safely released!