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Now available: New ebook edition of The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing

Perfectly timed for this summer’s balsam bashing season, Merlin Unwin Books have just released a new ebook edition of the best-selling Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing. As many river restorationists know all too well, urban rivers and their catchments are particularly prone to invasion by non-native species like giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, mink and signal […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Tame, Stalybridge

A few days ago, the new combined Trout in the Town team took to the rails to travel from (nearly) opposite ends of the country… … and converged at Stalybridge for a flying visit to an urban river that’s been much in the news recently. Paul and I both knew how the lovely little River […]

Film night: Let’s hear it for the volunteers!

 Volunteers Week runs from 1 – 7 June this year, and to celebrate the vital work of volunteers who are the lifeblood of many local river groups across the UK, the Rivers Trust has just released this short film of what it’s like to volunteer with the Don Catchment Rivers Trust. In 2018 alone, […]

It’s a double hook-up! Urban flyfishing hits T&S and FF&FT in the same month

What’s this? Yes, you read it right: our little niche-within-a-niche of urban flyfishing has just scored (we think) a historic double hook-up… …with big features in the pages of both Trout & Salmon and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazines in the very same month. The June issue of T&S goes bold with a beautifully-crafted piece […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 30 April

Streamers on the Irwell: Martin’s Minnow strikes again for David James Bendle Getting the green light: new hope for a bottle and can deposit scheme in England and Wales (as well as mutant plastic-munching enzymes to break down PET) Plastic pollution again: we all know the value of river clean-ups, so maybe now’s the time […]

In the Telegraph: River guardians of the Tame

I’m knee-deep in the river Tame in Stalybridge, 15 miles east of Manchester. Beside me is Woz Andrew, a local fly-fishing guide. After climbing down a flight of stone steps from road level – hollowed by a century of boots and a remnant of this river’s industrial past – we have made our way slowly […]

Trout & Salmon says: Meet the London rods

After December’s and January’s articles on urban fishing in Holmfirth and South London, Trout & Salmon has only gone and done it again… … with a feature in the April 2018 issue on London-based fly-fishers (and the London Flyfishing Fair on 23-24 March). By now, of course, most readers of Urbantrout won’t need much convincing […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2018: Your chance to do good and go fishing!

Over the past few years, urban fishing has become such a fixture in the Wild Trout Trust’s annual charity auction that it’s hard to remember when it wasn’t – and when it was a novel kind of idea for us to list all the urban lots in one place for our readers’ bidding convenience. Still, […]

Film night: Glen Pointon takes us to the hell-hole

It’s interesting to see how the idea of vlogging has come back round the loop again: maybe it never quite went away, but we’re sure there was some kind of hiatus between the old-skool DSLR / point-and-shoot cameras, and the new wave of smartphone streaming, Instagram stories and, well, you get the picture… Anyway, vlogging […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 5 February

Finding Bruce the shark: latest community cleanup news from the Wandle … but it’s double trouble for the Hogsmill, and all that fly-tipping in Wandsworth is getting way beyond a joke Trout in the Town: updates from Birmingham and Coventry Defending Richmond Park’s Beverley Brook from urban runoff (Part 2 – here’s part 1) … […]

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