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Pic of the day: Easter Monday

Arc-welder sun in sheet-steel sky. Daffodil banks, LDOs tumbling downwind. And somewhere, under slag-heaps and shopping trolleys… the hope that a fish will rise…

Film night: Saving huchen from hydropower

Protecting the River Mur‘s rare population of huchen (Europe’s very own relict taimen or landlocked salmon) from the threat of hydropower in the heart of Graz, Austria’s second biggest city? Our only question is this… Why wouldn’t you? As you’d expect, the Fish Where You Live idea of local people valuing and protecting their urban […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2015: Which city stream will you fish this year?

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 […]

Afon Cae Person, Llanwrst: Conwy Council’s masterclass in trashing an urban stream

So what happens when the very modern curse of got to spend your project funding by the end of this financial year collides with the last, semi-fossilised remnants of the 1960s-era if it moves, concrete it over approach to flood risk management? This, apparently. At the end of 2013, according to the BBC, the Welsh […]

Winter warmers: Urban river cleanups around the UK

When it comes to cleaning up litter and heavy rubbish on the banks of urban rivers, the very coldest months are often the best time to do it. Most of the summer vegetation (native or otherwise!) has died back in the frost, so you can actually see what’s been collecting in the brambles, nettles and knotweed throughout […]

Save £4.00 with FREE SHIPPING on all Urbantrout fly-fishing beanies, hoodies, caps, t-shirts and stickers!

By popular request, we’ve decided to extend our FREE UK SHIPPING offer on all Urbantrout fly-fishing gear until further notice. That’s like a full-on £4.00 discount every time you pick from our exclusive range of urban steelheader beanie hats, hardcore-yet-cosy hoodies, authentic US Marines’ camo pattern fishing caps, premium printed t-shirts and funky branded window […]

Film night: Sea trout in Rotterdam

  “If you’re going to fish in the middle of an industrial wasteland, this looks like a good place to do it” quips Phil Monahan in his intro to this video on the Orvis Fly-Fishing Film Festival a few weeks ago. To be fair, most of the action is focused on bass, bait blitzes, ranks […]

The Urbantrout Diaries: Year of mending urban rivers

After a few months’ break, our Urbantrout Diaries series returned to Flyfishing.co.uk just before Christmas… … with a blockbuster mini-series reviewing all the great urban river restoration projects that took place across the UK in 2014: Part 1: Weir removal, fish passage and remeandering on the Wandle Part 2: Community engagement, WFD compliance and Wild […]

Happy New Year… with FREE SHIPPING on all Urbantrout eco-branded fishing gear!

In the spirit of New Year sales everywhere, we’re stoked to announce FREE SHIPPING on all Urbantrout eco-branded gear from now until the end of January. Whatever the winter weather throws at you, you know you’ll fish more effectively when you’re layered up with one of our cosy premium-weight hoodies… or maybe a thick cable-knit urban […]

Happy Christmas to all Urbantrout’s readers!

Originally conceived as a unique and inspirational art project by London-based illustrator Jane Porter, the Wandle Alphabet is wholly formed from objects pulled out of the Wandle by volunteers during monthly community river cleanups. This festive arrangement of the letters was specially created for the Wandle Trust’s charity fundraising Christmas card in 2010. Ever since […]

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