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Eden time

Published on May 27th, 2014 by

My longest period on the Eden this trout season, between trips to France and elsewhere in Europe, and we seem to be experiencing all the seasons within a few days.  Generally mild, though not really seasonally so, with plenty of rain and wind – usually downstream!  But it can also be glorious; calm with sunshine


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Artois Chalk Streams

Published on May 12th, 2014 by

I have just returned from a week in France, with Lawrence and Neil, fishing the chalk streams of l’Artois region, mainly l’Aa itself, which has overwhelmed me. L’Aa is a classic chalk stream in every way, running clear even after very prolonged heavy rain (which we experienced); a sign of a vast, undamaged chalk plateau.


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A few days on Eden, and then…

Published on May 1st, 2014 by

Opening of May and it suddenly feels more like we are back in March up here on the Eden.  The river has been magnificent for about the last week, in the mild weather, with enormous numbers of black gnats and midges that seem to have brought every fish in the river to the surface.  Various


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