Warwick Hall beats on the River Eden in Cumbria offer two beautiful and productive stretches of water for the dedicated fly fisherman. These beats are believed to be amongst the best on the Eden and indeed, are ranked among the best in England.
The River Eden rises on Black Fell Moss in the Lake District hills above Kirkby Stephen, flowing 84 miles north to the Solway Firth on the border of Scotland. It is prized by fishermen for its pristine fast flowing water, the beautiful countryside it flows through and above all for the sporting fish which swim up river from the sea. The Eden Owners have taken active steps to support the renewal of the spring run salmon. By agreement of the riparian owners, no fish are allowed to be killed until the 15th of June - all spring caught fish must be returned to breed and prosper. The breeding stock seems to be gaining ground, and every year more spring fish can be seen in the river.Traditionally, the Eden had a superb run of spring salmon. But the dry summer of 1976 destroyed that year's population of par and smolts, and since then the spring run has been disappointing.
Salmon may be taken in the autumn, but obviously, no red fish. Thoughtful fishermen usually return a hen fish to the river, keeping only the occasional cock for the table. Catch and release has become part of the culture of the fishing community on the Eden.
First class scientific work on the Eden is supported by the activities of The Eden River Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to understanding and supporting the ecology of the river. Anyone interested in learning more about the state of the river and the fish who live in it can find fascinating information on the Eden River Trust website. Fishermen at Warwick Hall are asked to make a small contribution to the work of the trust as part of the fishing rental.
Excerpt from Fishing Huts, the Angler's Sanctuary by Jo Orchard-Lisle, Excellent Press 2008
"The river Eden is considered one of the best salmon rivers in England. It is 90 miles long, running mainly from north to south, and in its early stages forms the boundary between Cumbria and North Yorkshire. The landscape through which it flows changes dramatically: the river rises in moorland 2,200 feet above sea level, goes over a waterfall called Hell Gill Force and plunges down stony glides, valleys and a limestone ravine before widening as it glides through rich farmland and woodland, past sandstone caves - finally to reach the mudstone flats at Carlisle before spilling out into the Solway Firth and so to the Irish Sea. During its journey the Eden gathers many tributaries, which contribute to Cumbria having more fishing waters than any other county in England."