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Frequently Asked Questions
Your chance to ask before you come
  • Q: What clothing will I need to bring with me?
  • A: General fishing clothes and breathable waders throughout the Salmon & Trout season and a waterproof coat (a wading jacket would be best if you have one) and a hat. If it is winter Grayling fishing you are coming to do, then neoprene waders would be best, but if you do not have them you can put some thermal underwear under your breathable waders (layering is best). A peaked hat would be best for the summer to keep the sun out of your eyes and a woolly hat in the winter to keep warm.
  • Q: What equipment will I need to bring with me?
  • A: This is dependant on what type of fishing you would like to do. Here are some options:
    • Salmon = A 14ft rod for a 9/10wt line or 15ft rod for a 10/11wt line with an appropriate reel will cover most situations although where deep wading the 15footer will give you an advantage. A selection of Salmon flies, some tips (several sink rates) and some leader material from 10lb -15lb for different scenarios.
    • Sea Trout = A 9ft 6in rod for a 7/8 floating line with an appropriate reel will suffice although if you only have 10ft rods then that will do fine. A weight forward line can be an advantage where distance is required and again tips can be used, although intermediate and medium sink lines can work well at certain times throughout the night. A selection of Sea trout flies and some leader material 8lb -10lb.
    • Brown Trout = A 9ft rod and appropriate reel for a 5/6wt floating line will cover most situations on the river Eden for dry fly, wet fly and nymphs, you can bring poly leaders if you wish, but most of the time they are not required. Your preferred leader material or tapered leaders if you would rather buy them and tippet material, although I will have some with me. It is always handy to have floatant for your dry flies and sinkant for your leader material where required. I will also have this.
    • Grayling = Tactics for Grayling can be very similar to trout fishing and all of the above tackle will Suffice, but where fish are not surface feeding which is often the case with winter Grayling fishing, Czech Nymphing or High Sticking (slightly different technique) can be adopted and although you can do this with the tackle shown above, a longer rod can sometimes be an advantage. Finally a selection of flies for both Brown trout/Grayling.
  • Q: Do I need to bring sunglasses and sun cream?
  • A: Eye protection is essential especially when fly fishing as a freak gust of wind or a stray cast can project the fly straight into your eye causing irreparable damage. A pair of sunglasses with polarised lenses will diffuse the glare of the sun, allow you to see into the water and protect your eyes from the fly which can all be distinct advantages. A pair of glasses with clear lenses can also be used in the hours of darkness when fishing for Sea trout. Sun cream can be a welcome addition to your armoury and although we don't get bothered a great deal by midges, they do creep up on us from time to time so midge repellant is also worth bringing along.
  • Q: Do I need an Environment Agency Rod Licence?
  • A: The 3 to 6 day holiday package will include the cost of your rod licence in with the price and it will be purchased for you prior to your arrival. Anyone purchasing the tuition and fishing options which range from 2 hours to 2 days and are not already in possession of a rod licence will be required to purchase one for the relevant species, and are informed of this prior to their arrival. Rod Licences are required by Law in England and Wales and can be purchased from most Post Offices or online.
  • Q: Can I spin for Salmon during my trip?
  • A: Yes most beats allow spinning, although it is usually best on a water that is dropping and clearing following a spate at which time it can be productive.
  • Q: Should I bring spare equipment?
  • A: You can bring spare equipment with you if you want, but I will have equipment for you to use should the unthinkable happen and you need to replace something.
  • Q: What if I want to book a fishing holiday, but don't have any equipment?
  • A: This is not a problem as equipment can be supplied e.g. rods reels lines flies etc. at a small additional charge. The only things that are not supplied are waders, but these can be purchased reasonably cheaply by you prior to your arrival.

I hope this has answered some of your questions, but if you have any further queries then simply drop me an email and I will be happy to help with your concerns: Contact Border Game Angling


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