It’s on! This year’s legendary Wild Trout Trust charity fundraising auction is now fully live over on the big auction site. And as you’d expect, we’ve been trawling through the lots to spot the juiciest urban fly-fishing opportunities…
Lots 56 and 57: Doubling up your chances to win a week’s permit for 2 rods on the Town Waters of the River Ness in Inverness, presented by the Inverness Angling Club. This beat runs right through the Scottish Highland capital, and is best fished for salmon with a fly.
Lot 91: Presented by Ffynnon Taff Angling Club, 1 day for 1 rod on the legendary post-industrial River Taff guided by Nicholas Steedman. Hit this one right, and you may find huge trout and grayling rising freely to exceptional hatches…
Lot 212: Wander up the Wandle for the day with this website’s founder and editor Theo Pike, getting the latest news on this inner-city chalkstream’s rollercoaster recovery – and a chance of hooking a trophy trout somewhere in south London! (In case you’re wondering, yes, that really is a Wandle trout at the top of this post…)
Lot 233: Guided by former WTT officer Ben Tyser, 1 day for 1 rod on the River Allen in Wimborne Minster (as featured in Trout in Dirty Places and Hugh Miles’ film Liquid Gold: A Celebration of Chalk Streams)
Lot 249: Presented by Slaithwaite and District Angling Club, an unmissable opportunity to explore the River Colne near Huddersfield with local guide Mick Pogson
Lot 251: Shrouded in secrecy (most likely for a very good reason), 1 day for 1 rod somewhere on west Yorkshire’s urban trout and grayling rivers with local expert Dave Hudson. Even we’ve got absolutely no idea where Dave will take the lucky winner… but we do know it’s the very essence of Urbantrout’s Fish Where You Live philosophy…
As usual the Wild Trout Trust is aiming to raise more than £50,000 of core funding that’s not restricted to any particular project.
These funds can be used for a range of purposes including basic project delivery tools such as chainsaws and waders, match funding for other sources of funds like charitable trusts, and even bursaries for local groups who may need just a bit of kick-start funding for their own projects. (Who knows, it might even be your very own urban river that benefits!)
Bids can be placed online between now and the evening of Thursday 12 March: you can also send sealed postal bids which will be logged online on your behalf.
So bid early, bid often… and we’ll see you out there on one of our urban rivers!