The upper Eden offers excellent fishing for brown trout and grayling fishing. There has been extensive habitat restoration work from the Trout Stream Restoration Project. Fishing is mainly fly using traditional North Country spiders.
Set in stunning picturesque countryside the beats on the middle Eden provide excellent, varied waters from good runs, flows and deep pools at any height.
Eden Lacy enjoys one of the most picturesque locations in the Eden Valley. The river sweeps under the impressive Lacy sandstone viaduct that carries the Carlisle-Settle railway then over a weir and past the sandstone caves built out of the cliff face by colonel Lacy.
Through Kirkoswald and under a sandstone bridge on to Lazonby the cattle market town, the Eden starts to enter steep sided gorges and and heavy tree shade, it then picks up a bit of speed with the aid of the Croglin water.
Salmon fishing continues to improve throughout the middle stretch.
The pools get considerably longer as the gradient lessens and the river widens, but still holds it's pace. Deep holding pools are interspersed with long gravelly runs that make fly fishing so rewarding and productive. In the early months of the season the Lower Reaches give anglers the best opportunity to catch migratory fish. If fresh water spates coincide with the high Spring tides then it is very likely that the fish will be encouraged to enter the river.
From June onwards one can expect the pools of the lower river to be constantly restocked with fresh fish, whilst any rise in the river level will encourage them to move onwards to the Middle Beats. Runs of migratory fish will continue up to, and beyond, the end of the season on October 15th.
With being such a short river the main fishing is from Borrowdale to the upper reachers around the Tebay area.
The main bulk of fishing takes from Bassenthwaite lake to the coast and the most popular fishing is in and around the Cockermouth area.