Fly fishing breaks and fly fishing for beginners on the River Eden, Cumbria
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Fly Fishing Breaks

River Eden fly fishing breaks and fly fishing for beginners on the River Eden, Lake District, Cumbria

Stuck for a Present? Our fly fishing breaks detailed below make an unusual, fantastic and slightly left field present. Purchase as a gift voucher emailed straight to you either for trout or salmon. We are offering special value fly fishing breaks for both beginners learning to fish for the first time and for anyone wishing to learn or improve  their fishing techniques on a river. All fishing for wild brown trout takes place on the River Eden within easy reach of the hotel. These fly fishing breaks offer great value at just £315 for one person for a full days fishing with an experienced ghillie either Nigel or Paul, use of equipment and 2 days bed and breakfast in the Tufton Arms or a fly fishing break for two sharing a double or twin room is only  £450 for two nights B&B with a full days fishing and guiding on trout for both of you. Salmon fishing is the same basic deal but as the fishing is more expensive and varies in price through the season there is a supplement of whatever the extra cost is. Please ring quoting our “fishing breaks package”on 017683 51593 and ask for Nigel or email

salmon fishing River Eden
fly fishing break with spey casting tuition
Salmon fishing breaks
idle moment fishing on the River Eden
River Eden Lazonby
River Eden Bolton bridge
fly fishing break for wild brown trout
fly fishing break with tuition

Fishing Prospects on The River Eden

A new season dawns!!! We are already underway salmon fishing and the first Salmon was caught on the 25th February, fishing opportunities have been curtailed by constant flooding, but in between the high waters, a spring run does seem to be developing with one lucky angler on Low House catching 3 springers to a best of 23lb. Do ring me directly for a report on conditions and to organise some spring fishing!! Please ring 07764273640. The trout season has just started as well and there was a good lunchtime rise the other day when I was salmon fishing.

Large Spring Salmon Warning!!

The salmon season starts from the middle of January but the first early springers are caught normally in February, the river is famous for large spring salmon and fish over 20lb and sometimes 30 lb are not uncommon. This period of the season is very exciting and personally, I cannot wait to get out and have a crack at them!! Prices are always extremely good value early on, as little as £20 on the best water, invest in some neoprene waders or skiing underware and come and take advantage, especially if you want to learn to speycast and fish inexpensively!  If you want tuition/guiding in this period we are available, ring me direct on 07764273640 to discuss and organise.

Our fishing breaks and courses make fantastic birthday presents, we can email gift vouchers, why not get organised and make somebody else happy!!



The start of the trout fishing season is March 15th. Three years ago  Trevor Heyliger graced the opening day with a monster 6lb ish fish and he is coming back teaching and fishing during the summer, (fish look out!) We would all settle for a repeat of last year when hatches were good throughout the season and there was some awesome sport on the dry fly. But each season varies and often different tactics are required and it is one of the essential joys of the sport.

The Tufton Arms Hotel has been a famous fly fishing destination in Cumbria since Victorian times. Appleby is situated in a large loop of the River Eden, and is surrounded by superb wild brown trout fishing and grayling fishing. We can also offer The River Eamont and the lower and middle River Eden. Whilst fishing in the Lake District with its myriad of options is close by.

Come fly fishing for wild brown trout on some 20+ bank miles of the famous River Eden and it’s tributaries all within close reach of the hotel. Perhaps try bustard fishing in the late evening and into the night for the larger brownies that lurk in the deeper pools. This is somewhat similar to Sea Trout fishing  at night and is both a very exciting and rewarding thing to try. It also gives a different twist to any fishing break.

We are very lucky to have some fantastic water along with local flies from John Pape who with his lifetime experience of the river will advise the right patterns. However if you are a total fly fishing beginner and wish to try trout fishing or salmon fishing for the first time we can also offer experienced ghillies for the day, along with loaned equipment and tackle so that you can sample the excitement and see if a fly fishing break is for you at a very reasonable cost.

We also offer both salmon fishing breaks and trout fishing on the middle and lower River Eden. Ghillies are available with for both guiding, advice and tuition, depending on your needs!

Appleby Anglers our local club with extensive waters all around the hotel, we have 4 rods daily, strictly for hotel residents only. Tickets can be bought locally from Pigney’s.
River Eden- Eden Lacy, a beautiful beat for trout and salmon with the famous Eden Lacy caves opposite £35-£50
River Eden Lazonby – in wooded gorge in the middle river, two 4 rod beats trout and salmon £40.00 – £60.00
Lower River Eden – salmon fishing various beats £20.00 – £120.00
Kirkby Stephen Anglers – wild trout on the upper river £15.00 daily, weekly £40.00
Blencarn – excellent large 15 acre stream fed rainbow trout lake  £24.00 daily 4 fish
Bessy Beck Trout Fishery – Top quality bank fishing for rainbow trout on 3 lakes in a beautiful Cumbrian setting – comprehensive resource for fishing in the Lake District and Cumbria
Penrith Anglers – excellent fishing on the Eden, Eamont and Lowther
Warwick Hall – the best privately owned salmon fishing on the River Eden £15 to £150 per rod

SPECIAL OFFER – We are delighted to be able to offer our guests a discount of 10% at the fantastic John Norris store at nearby Penrith.

A long established company in Cumbria specialising in quality fishing equipment, country clothing and footwear, John Norris have an extensive showroom at Penrith, 13 miles from the Hotel (ideal for calling in on your way to and from fishing trips!) and a very comprehensive mail order / online catalogue covering all your fieldsport equipment needs. On production of your Tufton Arms keycard, in the John Norris store you will receive a 10% discount on purchased items. Offer not available on items already discounted

Our online booking is £5 per room per night cheaper than other sites
Call: +44 (0) 17683 51593 – Email:

Tufton Arms Hotel, Market Square, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6XA

Tel: +44 (0) 17683 51593 Fax: +44 (0) 17683 52761