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Pic of the day: Fun in the sun, cleaning up the Frome

It’s fair to say that this photo caused a bit of unexpected kerfuffle when it appeared on Facebook a few days ago (Can you or can’t you legally pull shopping trolleys and other rubbish out of your local river? The authoritative answer: Yes, you can!) We also say: Kudos to Dan, Simon and Richard and […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 May

Exploring ‘the drain’: David James Bendle takes a friend fishing on an Irwell tributary ‘Haunted rubble and half-vanished walls’ on the banks of Winchester’s River Itchen Tenkara in the edgelands: David West Beale gets his stalk on SERT takes out the River Club weir on the Hogsmill near Tolworth in south London The Littering Fisherman: […]

Film night: Pollution hits the Irwell (again)

It’s a sickening experience to see your local river destroyed by pollution, but with the best will in the world there’s nothing very much for outside observers to say or do except sympathise deeply, offer any support that’s needed, and thank their lucky stars that it wasn’t their river… this time. That’s why we’ve been […]

Trout in Dirty Places: Now available as an ebook!

Five years (count ’em already!) since this groundbreaking urban fishing and river-mending title was published in 2012… … publishers Merlin Unwin Books have now released Trout in Dirty Places in ebook format. Available from Amazon, iBooks and Kobo, it’s priced at £10.00 or less. So, if you’ve been reading this site, but haven’t fully come over to […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 3 April

Here come the hipster fly-fishers! Urban fly-fishing and the Wandle (as well as the Goyt, Irwell, Don and Calder) have now reached official manbun-and-craft-beer status… … while Fieldsports magazine also lists the Wandle, Walthamstow reservoir, and Syon Park as the capital’s finest fisheries, ahead of the first London Fly Fishing Fair Slowly but surely, Sheffield’s […]

The Fly Fisher: Bringing urban fishing to a global lifestyle audience

Urban fly-fishing has had an underground vibe for as long as we can remember. Sure, it’s featured on plenty of blogs and charity auction listings, and even some memorable magazine interviews, as well as the book that launched a thousand urban fishing adventures, Trout in Dirty Places… … but we reckon this might be the […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2017: Here’s where your next urban fishing season starts

As the whole concept of urban fly-fishing moves steadily into the mainstream, the Wild Trout Trust’s annual charity auction has become a regular feature of our publishing calendar here at Urbantrout. For your usual bidding pleasure, this is the fifth time we’ve filleted out all the tastiest urban lots, and we reckon there’s no real […]

Film night: A new kind of river management is coming! (Full English version)

It must have been some time around a year ago that we saw this brilliant little film for the first time in its original French version, and said to ourselves: This is only three and a half minutes long, but it’s utterly epic! When’s the English translation coming? And just like that… here it is. (Thanks to […]

Pic of the day: Glen Pointon represents the Trent

Given a choice of home waters that includes the legendary Derbyshire Dove and Wye, you might expect occasional Urbantrout contributor Glen Pointon to pick one of those iconic limestone streams to represent the spirit of his fishing experience. But challenged by fellow guide Lewis Hendrie to post a favourite fishing photo on Facebook (just one of several […]

Film night: Ice fishing in Poland

At this time of year, it’s perfectly right and proper for most of the cool new videos from the northern hemisphere to be solidly snowsports-related… … but sometimes there’s a welcome piscatorial exception, and this one’s from Polish fly-fisher Piotr Gola, fishing the Dunajec where it flows through the town of Waksmund, between the Gorce […]

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