Carlisle Angling Association
Carlisle Angling Association controls approximately 7 miles of mainly double bank fishing on the River Eden with 27 named pools providing fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and coarse fish. The Association provides angling for residents living within a five mile radius of Carlisle city centre but anglers from outside the five mile limit are welcomed and permits are available for game and coarse angling on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis.
Carlisle Angling Association has an underlying philosophy regarding the affordability of salmon angling on waters under their control and offer extremely cheap salmon fishing on a seasonal basis. This ‘Salmon Angling for the People’ approach is shared with Carlisle City Council, our oldest and closest partner.
The River Eden
The River Eden is one finest angling rivers in the country and was once famed for it's runs of spring salmon, it begins life high in the North Yorkshire Moors and flows north for over 60 miles before reaching the city of Carlisle where the Carlisle Angling Association controls approximately 7 miles of mainly double bank fishing. From source to Solway, the Eden flows through beautiful countryside and the whole river system is a Candidate European Special Area of Conservation, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which reflects the area's diversity of wildlife.
Historically the Eden was noted as a spring salmon river but in the mid nineteen sixties the salmon disease Ulcerative Dermal Necrosis (UDN) hit the spring running component and the Eden, like many other rivers, has been slow to recover. Salmon are now protected under the spring salmon byelaws introduced in 1998 by the government which states that all Salmon caught before the 16th June should be returned to the river. During the past 25 years the Eden has produced prolific summer and autumn runs and in the mid 90’s the river was the top salmon river in England. Today the river still has spring, summer and autumn runs with the majority of fish coming in the autumn.
In addition to good numbers of salmon the association water also gets a good run of sea trout each year although like most of our west coast rivers this is not as consistent as it once was and numbers do vary from year to year. The river also supports a healthy population of brown trout and grayling. We do not stock so the majority of these fish will be wild native stock with one pound fish quite common and larger fish regularly caught each season.
The Carlisle Angling Association water is varied in its types of fishing. It has fast flowing streams and glides and slow calm sections down to the tidal section which contains good-sized slob trout. Access to the river varies from parks where parking is adjacent to the fishing to areas where some easy walking is involved. The association water remains open during the winter months offering fishing for grayling, chub and dace.
Live Fishing Conditions
There are live webcams on the Eden that enable anglers to check the condition of the water before they travel.
Eden Weather Forecasts
Reliable Carlisle regional weather forecasts.
Eden River Levels
The Environment Agency monitors river levels on the Eden catchment.
Visitors to the lower reaches of Carlisle Angling Association waters should be aware that the river downstream of the North British Railway bridge can be affected by incoming tides. Also there is often a run of salmon through the main pools 4 hours after high tide. Therefore it is adviseable to check tide times before you visit the river.
CAA has an arrangement with nearby angling clubs whereby our members can fish their waters. Two exchange tickets are available to members for use on a daily basis. Note that exchange tickets must be returned in time for re-allocation the following day. The following clubs are part of the Exchange Ticket scheme.
Members wishing to use an exchange ticket should contact us.
Rules, Regs and Good Practice
The Salmon season is open from the 15th of January until the 14th October inclusive. National byelaws protect spring fish. These state that any angler who catches a salmon before the 16th June in any calendar year must return the fish immediately to the water with the least possible injury. Any angler fishing for salmon may only use artificial fly or artificial lure before 16th June in any calendar year. More information is available on the website of the Environment Agency. CAA publishes its own rules and regulations which can be downloaded below.
Although fly fishing is practiced by most nowadays, other methods such as worm, prawn, shrimp and spinning are allowed after May 1st (CAA Rule 14b). Whatever method is used CAA encourages anglers to practice catch and release.
Carlisle AA also request anglers fishing our waters to practice good biosecurity to ‘Stop the Spread’ of invasive species.
CAA endeavors to minimise the risks to those who fish our waters by carrying out regular maintenance and risk assessments. We encourage anglers to minimise the risk to themselves and others by using common sense and guidelines from the club.
Salmon Season Permits
Season tickets for full Members, city water applicants and visitors are only available by application. There is an initial application fee of £35 for new members which includes a book to commemorate the associations 150th anniversary and a map of the association water.
- Full Member £60
- City Water Salmon £60
- Visitor Season £200
- Entrance Fee inc. Book and Map £35
- Application Forms
Carlisle Angling Association has an agreement with John Norris which entitles all season ticket holders to 15% discount off all goods bought from the shop. This discount does not apply to special offers, sale goods or mail order and discount will only be given if a valid membership card is presented at the time of purchase. CAA members also enjoy 15% discount on professional fishing tuition from Border Game Angling and from The Eden Angler.
Salmon Day and Weekly Permits
All tickets listed below are available to purchase from Carlisle Tourist Information Centre, Old Town Hall, Green Market, Carlisle, CA3 8JE. Tel. 01228 598596
- Day. January 15th to 31st August inclusive £25
- Day. September 1st to 14th October inclusive (Max. 10/day) £50
- Week. January 15th to 9th June inclusive £100
- Week. June 10th to 31st August inclusive £125
- Week. September 1st to 14th October inclusive £150
- Season (Resident) £25
- Season (City Water) £25
- Season (Visitor) £35
- Weekly £25
- Daily £10
Coarse Fishing Permits
- Weekly £15
- Season £25
- Junior Season Permit (Salmon) £17.50
Juveniles (up to and including 16 years old) are issued with tickets for free (season and weekly). They are available from the the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre. Juveniles must obtain a permit before going fishing.
CAA have published a series of maps that show each beat in detail together with parking places. Individual maps can be downloaded here (pdf).
It is compulsory for members to submit a catch return within a period of fourteen days after the closing date of the salmon fishing season (Rule 22). Nil returns must be submitted. Catch return forms can be downloaded below (pdf).
The Association produces regular newsletters for members to keep them updated with any news or changes in relation to their fishing and the club. They can be downloaded below (pdf).
CAA Book and Map
This excellent book has been compiled by Walter Graham for Carlisle Angling Association to commemorate the associations 150th anniversary and has been produced from photos and memories of anglers, families and friends, without which it would have been impossible to compile. The map which is also incorporated on the cover of the book is a water colour which has been painted for the association by local angler turned painter David Wardle. The painting is of the Lower Eden showing local land marks, flies, fish, and birds. To buy the book contact us.
Hard back £15. 00 + £4.50 P&P
Soft back £ 10.00 + £3.50 P&P
Maps £15.00 + £1.00 P&P