Fishing at Warwick Hall
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.
With the changes of the timing of the large salmon runs from autumn to spring and summer the Eden has seen increasing numbers of spring fish over the last 5 years with the 2020 runs being the best for years. Fish are coming earlier each year. Droughts in the last 3 years have adversely affected the catches in April and May but when the rain has arrived so did the fish.
Large runs of smolts were seen in 2020 so the prospects for 2021 look promising.
First class scientific and restorative work is supported by the Eden Rivers Trust which has been active for 25 years. Millions of pounds have been spent on improving habitats, removing barriers to spawning streams and reconfiguring damaged watercourses. The results of all this work take a long time to mature but the results are now evident.
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." Angler's Sanctuary by Jo Orchard-Lisle