Salmon Fishing in Carlisle

by EliasZanetti

Fishing in Carlisle can be a wonderful experience especially if you crave for salmon!

I wonder if you like fishing ... Or should I ask whether you like fishing as much as I do? Yes, I like fishing, ever since a little boy, actually. I used to go fishing with my grandpa every few weekends and had a lot of fun.

Fishing is an old business. It is as old as humanity itself. And, being so old, it has its secrets and its truths to reveal to the patient and focused ... I myself have learned a lot while out there fishing ... I think that, first of all, I caught the taste of fish, then I started distinguishing small fish versus big fish, ok ... Big fish better! Then, if you really get into this fishing business, it is absolutely impossible not to start using the word all the time ... And even English language is rich in ... fish, let's say ... Let me just give you a small example: there's nothing that makes me feel more like a “fish out of the water” like a “kettle full or fish” or like a “cold fish”. With a cold fish you can never tell whether it is “fish or fowl”. But not that with a “queer fish” there is another different kettle of fish, not a chance! Actually, there is that feeling that you have “better fish to fry”, especially if they prove to also “drink like a fish” or to be more “crooked than a fish barrel” ... Then we really have a “kettle of fish” and do we want that!? Not as long as there are still many more fish in the sea!

But just before I start to “fish for compliments”, let me just tell you another fish story about Carlisle! It seems that Carlisle makes one feel just like a big fish in a small pond - no wonder!? River Eden and River Caldew have plentiful of fish. Carlisle Angling Association is managing the rivers and this is also the organization responsible for issuing a fishing permit. 
Once having this in mind, arrange a trip to Carlisle! Travelodge Carlisle hotel could be the most convenient solution for practical accommodation worth of a true fisherman! In case you want to bring the kids along as well as your “fisher lady”, then you also have this option of choosing a family room. It will definitely prove to be worthwhile!

Caldew River, Carlisle
Caldew River, Carlisle

And then, there's the fishing! Except for the permit, it is also important to have in mind the fact that fish are sensitive being, especially lately with all the environmental changes and the pollution disaster... Therefore, in order not to have a kettle of fish, it is important to take notice of some important issues going on in Europe at the moment. The most alarming at the current moment is the fact that Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany are facing a cruel problem regarding the Atlantic salmon native and characteristic to the Carlisle area as well, an area which has not been affected yet. There is a parasite that could definitely be deadly for the Atlantic salmon, which can be found in abundance still in the Carlisle area. Given the fact that Carlisle and salmon have such a longstanding and deep connection, it would be wise and responsible to keep it this way by respecting some few rules in case you would like to fish in Carlisle.

Salmon Fishes
Salmon Fishes
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First of all, in case you have just been fishing in areas affected by the parasite, it would be wise not to use your equipment right away; the parasite can stay alive up to six days on the equipment. Secondly, there is a way out of trouble! In case you have been fishing in the dirty waters, you can make sure that you equipment won't harm the habitat. A fast and efficient way to get rid of the parasite would be to keep the fishing equipment in the sun for a couple of days. Temperatures of over 20 degrees Celsius can kill the virus that otherwise can survive for six days only in damp conditions. Another way of getting out of trouble in case of having fished in dirty waters would be to sink the equipment in sea water or salty water with high salt concentration for at least quarter of an hour. Afterwards, there is a need for cleaning the equipment with tap water and that is it!

Once you make sure you won't make any harm whatsoever to the species of Atlantic salmon for which Carlisle is so famous for, then you are free to find your angle, put the bait, use the rod and feel just like a fish in the water yourself!

If going to Carlisle along with the whole family, they will all be thrilled! And even if your fisher lady is not so much into fishing, she can still enjoy all that charm that Carlisle has to offer. There is Hadrian’s Wall as a number one cultural attraction. And there are also numerous parks and gardens to delight one during a relaxing walk. There are as many sports resorts and resources available in the area as every each of your little ones to feel pleased! And, in the meantime, you can simply focus on the big fish!

I leave you in the company of the “fisherman's blues” ... Hope it is inspiring and inviting for both fishermen and fisher ladies!

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Updated: 05/07/2013, EliasZanetti
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EliasZanetti on 08/11/2013

Thanks Jo. The landscapes are magnificent indeed!

JoHarrington on 08/09/2013

I'm not one for fishing (being a vegetarian and all), but there are some amazing pictures in this article. Nice one!

EliasZanetti on 08/09/2013

Thanks for stopping by!

cmoneyspinner on 08/08/2013

Excellent article. Beautiful photographs. I don't fish but I'd really enjoy visiting this place.

EliasZanetti on 08/08/2013

Thanks Mira ... Glad you liked it!

Mira on 08/06/2013

:) Nice article. I had fun reading it :)

EliasZanetti on 06/06/2013

Indeed, they are tasty :)

pawpaw on 06/06/2013

I've never been Salmon fishing, but my brother in law is going this summer. They are such beautiful fish, and very tasty too.

katiem2 on 05/25/2013

Yes I did and the images are fantastic.

EliasZanetti on 05/20/2013

@Tolovaj: A very wise saying, indeed! Thanks for passing it on and for the wonderful comment! :)

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