Contributed by Callum Highet (23.09.09)
Today's weather was not ideal for fishing. The wind was strong and the sun was out for the rest of the day. I parked the car at Musgrave bridge and wandered upstream just beyond where Brough Beck joins the Eden.
About 20m up from the beck is an opening between two trees on the opposite bank. Using these trees as markers, I fished a stretch of about 15m. I could see some shadows on the bottom through the polarized glasses that looked like a shoal of fish. So, I popped on a hand-tied Peacock Herl Lead-Headed Nymph and away I went. Flicking the nymph about 3m higher than where the fish were lying worked very well. Within 1 hour I had hooked into 4 huge grayling (in eyes they were!). Each fish gradually got bigger and the largest reached 20 inches, roughly about 2.5lb I would think. Later on I also hooked into a couple of small brownies, wishing that their mother would come along soon!
Met another angler called Gordon from Brough and we discussed fishing topics etc. All-in-all a great day's fishing considering the weather. Hopefully the heavens will open soon and fill the river slightly. Tight lines.