......a small intimate, luxury Hotel, nestling on the edge of the Lake District
Tufton LogoTufton Arms Hotel
Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria
discounted rates for online booking - Book Online
To book call: +44 (0) 17683 51593

River Eden Fly Fishing Breaks and Flyfishing 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 packages 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 takes place on the River Eden within easy reach of the hotel. Packages include 2 days bed and breakfast in the hotel.

Just £260 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

Just £340 for two people for two nights B&B in a double or twin room with a full days fishing and guiding for both of you. Please ring quoting "fishing tuition package"on 017683 51593 and ask for Nigel or email info@tuftonarmshotel.co.uk

Prospects and Early Season Success on The River Eden

The Salmon season is well under way now with fish through into the middle river on the high waters we have had. Our spey casting clinic at Warwick Hall at the end of March was full for the 3 days and great fun. We had brief contact with a couple of fish but the water was plus 3 ft and the fish were running through us. A chance meeting with the owner of Low House some 10+ miles upstream revealed 4 fish caught during our course at least somebody had them. So do get in touch for current river conditions if you fancy a bash at short notice or want to learn to speycast. The start of the trout season saw a flurry of activity despite the wintry conditions at times. Patience on the river was rewarded with occasional hatches yielding frenzied feeding. However pride of place goes to Trevor Heylinger who caught a fantastic wild trout of some 5lb 6ozs on the Appleby town water behind the swimming pool. It was in great condition and had used the mild winter to keep feeding. We are now well under way, guiding and taking people out for their first taste of fly fishing, so if you fancy a go do get in contact!


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 16 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.

Whether you are an experienced fisherman or a complete fly fishing beginner everybody is welcome. We are proud of our long association with John Pape who has been teaching beginners fly fishing in Cumbria now for some 40 years on the River Eden. His 4 day tuition courses courses are legendary and offer a perfect fishing break as well as the opportunity to learn and enjoy this time honoured art. 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 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. Again we can offer ghillies who are also happy to start you off salmon fishing or indeed speycasting. The Tufton Arms for that fishing break that you deserve. Contact Nigel Milsom direct at the hotel on 017683 51593 to discuss your requirements. The Tufton Arms for fishing breaks on The River Eden and Eamont and fishing in The Lake District and Cumbria.

Fishing Links

Appleby Angling Association - 20 miles of banks £12.00 per day

Go Wild The Eden Rivers Trust innovative roving voucher scheme, some beats are truly wild and need the right conditions so do ring for advice. Vouchers can be purchased online.
Ormside Fishings - private stretch limited to 4 rods, high quality brown trout fishing, strictly no stocking £25 per day
River Eamont Winderwath - beautiful private 4 rod beat for trout, grayling and salmon £30.00
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 - £150.00
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
Lakedistrictfishing.net - 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

John Norris of PenrithSPECIAL 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