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If you want to get in depth analysis and news from around the rivers you can view through our high definition watercam network, there's no better place than here. Find reports relevant to each camera location and read what our expert contributors have to say.

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Rivers: Eden

Settled weather at last!

added: 24th Apr 2014

With the lower water levels and water temperature at 59oF the trout fishing has improved dramatically with fish averaging just over the pound stamp. It is only when the wind decides to come from... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Better late then never!

added: 9th Apr 2014

Two foot rise of water from heavy rain the night before on the 1st has put much colour into the Eden. By the 3rd the middle river is looking good and the lower river just starting to drop in nicely. Cool... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Warming up!

added: 1st Apr 2014

Another rise of water on the 22nd due to heavy rain, this soon fined down to a very fishable condition by the 25th. The first of the sand martins arrived on the 27th. There were good emergents of large... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

A few fish about.

added: 20th Mar 2014

Water temperature for the second week of March is 6oC. A couple of windless and warm sunny days on the 11th and 12th made the Eden Valley a nice and pleasant place to be, it was not to last very long as... Continue reading

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Usan Coastal Nets

added: 2nd Mar 2014

Mixed Stocks Fisheries. The Lairds of our Coast and wild salmon. Breath-taking arrogance, unsustainable, out-of-date, and cause for international censure.

After years... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Improving weather?

added: 27th Feb 2014

Due to persistent rain fall throughout the whole month the river had never really dropped in to any sort of ply for fly fishing. A great shame as the Eden does enjoy a spring run of fish and there should... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

A very wet start!

added: 1st Feb 2014

For the first two weeks of the salmon season the river levels on the Eden have never really dropped in to any sort of decent fly fishing conditions. Still the rain keeps coming and more low pressure weather... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Draughty and a little damp!

added: 14th Dec 2013

We can usually expect the weather in December to be quite a reliable mix of a week or so of low pressure with wet and windy weather from the south west, followed by a few weeks of extended high pressure.... Continue reading

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AST/IBIS Stocking Conference

added: 1st Dec 2013

The role of the AST blog is to give comments on or flavour to AST's activities. I hope our readers will appreciate that its purpose is only to give brief descriptive overview of the stocking conference,... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

The season so far

added: 21st Nov 2013

The run of salmon for the early part of the season did not match anywhere near the numbers and quality of the remarkable spring of 2012 unfortunately. The water conditions were good during that period... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Draughty and a little damp!

added: 27th Oct 2013

The last ten days or so have been unfishable due to the copious amounts of rainfall, this has made the lower and middle Eden almost impossible with the fly for grayling. Fishing the edges with bait has... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

A time to reflect.

added: 21st Oct 2013

Conditions for fly fishing improved favourably right through to the last day of the salmon season which ended on the 14th. The wind direction continued from the north west with cool winds and in the milder... Continue reading

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Mixed stocks netting

added: 19th Oct 2013

Scottish east coast Salmon and the Usan Mixed Stocks Fishery

A mixed stocks fishery confirmed

Marine Scotland’s South Esk Tracking Project is designed... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

A few fish on the move.

added: 4th Oct 2013

The first three days of the month remained dry, with the threat of rain on the 3rd there were good fish movements during the late afternoon, a lot of coloured salmon on the move. There are still fish coming... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

The doldrums!

added: 1st Oct 2013

Not too much change in the water conditions or movements of fish of late, anglers are catching the odd fish to most methods when salmon are moving through the pools. The whole river is in great ply for... Continue reading

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Rivers In Between

added: 22nd Sep 2013

Scottish Rivers regularly in the news such as the Tay, Dee and North and South Esks, of which all except the North Esk are EU designated Special Areas of Conservation(SACs), may draw attention... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

The perfect water but....

added: 18th Sep 2013

The levels rose to around three feet after the rain and high winds on the 15th, the Eden was unfishable throughout the day of the 16th, by the following day the middle beats came in to good fly fishing... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Time yet!

added: 12th Sep 2013

The river rose around two feet during the afternoon of the 6th with some colour and continued in that state through the 7th. By the 8th the middle beats were in a good fly fishing order, the beats below... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Rain on the way?

added: 5th Sep 2013

River levels remain at summer low with the dry period of late, the water is very clear making fishing quite challenging on the bright cloudless days. The trout fishing has been sporadic, there is very... Continue reading

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AST AT HOME AND ABROAD

added: 5th Sep 2013

Atlantic Salmon Trust

September 2013 Newsletter

A Busy Autumn Ahead

AST’s interest in promoting alternative technologies for salmon farming... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Cooling down.

added: 29th Aug 2013

The tides are dropping off this next week, there are still salmon and grilse entering the river. Even though the levels are getting near summer level and with good clarity the fish are still racing through... Continue reading

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Economies of truth & salmon farming

added: 25th Aug 2013

Who do you trust? World class science? Callender McDowell, the organ grinder for salmon farming, or the SSPO, the body that represents the Norwegian... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Ideal conditions!

added: 21st Aug 2013

The salmon seem to know more about the weather than we do, the big fish movement on the 15th was indeed anticipating the big rise of water which was very coloured. The river has peaked during the afternoon... Continue reading

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New technologies must save wild salmon & sea trout

added: 19th Aug 2013

What is the future of salmon farming?

Here is some updated thinking on the subject of this currently unsustainable industry.

AST's long term vision for salmon farming... Continue reading

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Global Salmon Farming

added: 19th Aug 2013

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has been launched "with a commitment to sustainable salmon farming"

A group of companies purporting to represent 70% of the global... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Grilse are here!

added: 15th Aug 2013

Showers are keeping the levels steady but clear week beginning the 12th. The trout and grayling fishing is requiring some attention to get results as the sport has turned sporadic at present. Very little... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Perfect conditions!

added: 9th Aug 2013

As the water dropped and cleared on the 7th there were big fish movements through the lower beats all day. On the 8th the main run of fish seen were off the afternoon tide with some very big salmon among... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Pain before gain

added: 6th Aug 2013

A couple of well needed rises of river levels during the first week of August due to heavy rain have got a few fish on the move. At last there are salmon moving through the middle Eden after the long dry... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Warm conditions continue.

added: 26th Jul 2013

Slight rise of the river level on the 23rd due to localised thunder storms up the valley with a fair amount of road washings going in making the water a little on the murky side. The trout were feeding... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

The Doldrums.

added: 22nd Jul 2013

The water temperature during the daytime is now reaching 70oF plus, the trout fishing is still fairly productive in the morning periods and then in to late evening as it cools. Small flies like teams of... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Fishing as conditions dictate.

added: 4th Jul 2013

Despite some heavy showers over the last few days the river has only fluctuated an inch or two with the dry ground soaking up most of the rain. When the skies have been overcast along with the cooling... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

You cannot have it all ways!

added: 27th Jun 2013

There have been a few salmon to the fly and other methods the last week or so, some with sea lice. It would seem that the fish are coming into the lower river off the tide and some then dropping back to... Continue reading

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AST Work Plan 2013-15

added: 22nd Jun 2013

INTRODUCTION

This paper sets out the AST’s current and future work plans under its three Pillars approach.The AST’s primary role is to encourage scientific... Continue reading

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A milestone in the human diet

added: 22nd Jun 2013

Protein at any price?

"The world quietly reached a milestone in the evolution of human diet"

You might have thought that there should be widespread... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Better salmon (and rainbow?) fishing!

added: 19th Jun 2013

After a little rainfall there has been a very small and clear rise in river that have freshened things up a little on the 16th. There are salmon and sea trout moving on the lower river which is encouraging,... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Unsettled

added: 15th Jun 2013

Hatches of fly life have just about come to a standstill during office hours. The good trout fishing still continues for those who are willing to work at it searching the water. The dry fly is still very... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Phew what a scorcher!

added: 8th Jun 2013

Dry and warm weather at last, a typical and very welcome summer for once, the hawthorn has just come into blossom. The river level is dropping and the water very clear, the hatches now are getting more... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Looking good!

added: 30th May 2013

The rain on Monday did not affect the levels to any extent with most of the downpours out to the west of the county. The river conditions are as good as they can be at present, clear water and cool enough... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Dont put the ark in the garage just yet

added: 24th May 2013

A massive flood due to heavy rainfall on the 18th, there is over two meters of extra water coming down the river with heavy colour. By the 19th the middle river is clearing and dropped to within one foot... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Good week

added: 15th May 2013

Some very good salmon taken on the fly this last week, prospects are shaping up. On every tide there is salmon and sea trout coming through now, fish not always showing as they travel and they seem to... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Perfect fly water

added: 12th May 2013

Strong south-westerly winds are bringing in showers which will just keep topping the levels up nicely with a little fresh going in.

Despite the horrendous weather forecast for the 9th and 10th the... Continue reading

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Freshwater Mussels

added: 7th May 2013

My friend, Fred Woodward, wrote 'The Scottish Pearl in Peril in its World Context' which was published by Diehard in 1993 (ISBN 0 946230 27 7) and, although currently out of print, is in my view the best... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

More like spring!

added: 6th May 2013

The weather is certainly warming up at last. Good hatches of Grannom around the mid-day period along with many olives and the odd false March Brown. In the more sheltered pools out of the south westerly... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Spring around the corner?

added: 30th Apr 2013

A few salmon bearing sea lice are coming to the fly from the Carlisle area and as far upstream to Lazonby this week. There have been very strong north westerly winds persisting until the 29th; the trout... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Improving daily!

added: 24th Apr 2013

There was much rain on the 17th which raised the river nearly four feet with much colour the following day. The swallows have now arrived. The middle river had cleared to be fishable on the 19th but the... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Getting warmer!

added: 15th Apr 2013

The sand martins have finally arrived on the 11th now it is warmer. The evening of the 13th April brought much rain into the county along with high winds that carried on through Sunday; the river began... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

Change on the way

added: 8th Apr 2013

The conditions remain the same during the week now the 8th April. The east, south east wind is still with us and keeping air temperatures on the low side. When the wind speed does drop and the air warms... Continue reading

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Rivers: Eden

On the cool side.

added: 1st Apr 2013

The high pressure remains in charge over the UK with continuing bitter easterly winds. The fishing is slow due to the conditions; only when there is a lull in wind strength and the air temperature rises... Continue reading

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Oceans, Coasts & Rivers

added: 25th Mar 2013

Tony Andrews explains the thinking behind the new AST strategy:

Following the ground breaking SALSEA project, AST has refreshed its strategy to encompass the whole lives of... Continue reading

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Reintroducing beavers: A mistake?

added: 24th Mar 2013

Beaver introductions: some personal thoughts.

Tony Andrews, who is chairman of the South Esk Catchment Management Partnership and Chief Executive of the Atlantic Salmon Trust,... Continue reading

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