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More headlines from Manchester: Trout & Salmon magazine features the mighty Irwell

It’s a satisfying thought that since Trout in Dirty Places was published in 2012, the whole idea of urban fly-fishing has gone so mainstream that you can hardly pick up one of the monthly magazines without finding at least one article about what used to be our dirty little secret… The latest in this canon […]

Urbantrout hoodies and beanie hats: it’s that time of year again!

Fly Fest is over for another year, trout season is drawing to a close, and yes, we’re even hearing reports of the first frost of autumn. All this can only mean one thing: it’s time to break out the hoodies and hard-weather beanie hats, and get properly ready for grayling. Urbantrout streetstyle hoodies and beanie […]

Pic of the day: Matt Sewell art on the Rea Brook

For urban fly-fishers exploring the edgelands of our towns and cities, graffiti is a common sight. Old brick arches, hard concrete river banks and derelict factory walls offer almost everything a spraycan kid could ask for: an endless blank(ish) canvas, and plenty of slightly sinister seclusion to wait for the muse to strike. Still, not everyone […]

Film night: The Wandle

Filmed on the fly before, during and after last weekend’s river cleanup with legendary film maker (and urban fly-fisher himself) Jeremiah Quinn, this is an exploration of south London’s River Wandle from its dirty lower reaches all the way upstream to sparkling headwaters filled with dace, chub and trout. It’s also the story of the […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 5 September

#FishWhereYouLive: Sunray’s Tom Bell gets inspired by our own favourite philosophy It’s a sin to trash your local river, but a virtue to look after it: the Pope confirms what most river restorationists already kinda knew Rewilding Sheffield: the first wild trout for 160 years from a deculverted stretch of the Porter Brook for the WTT’s Paul […]

Pic of the day: Casting in the park

When you’re stuck in the city for the working week, and even your closest urban river is too far from the office to make it there and back again on a lunchtime raid, what else can you do to get your fly-fishing fix? In the case of the Orvis / Zambuni PR team, central London’s Green Park […]

Urban fly-fishing report: Loferbach, Lofer

The Urbantrout team has spent the last couple of weeks on a European road trip – and in the course of a long loop of driving through the Austrian Alps via Berchtesgaden, the Saalach valley, some Ziller tribs and a couple of truly idyllic high lakes on the legendary Braurup ticket… … we reckoned it’d be […]

Urbantrout Kryptek camouflage fishing caps land a cameo role in Channel 4’s Eden

What if we could start all over again… and what would you take with you if you could? That’s the premise of Channel 4’s new reality / survival show Eden. 23 participants have been marooned on a remote Scottish peninsula for a year, and left to fend for themselves. Each person has been allowed to […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 18 July

Brought back to daylight after 100 years in the dark: deculverting the River Roch in Rochdale Birmingham: how can a city without major rivers still affect water quality in two river basins? Via the Grayling Society: 13,000 extra baby grayling for Chesterfield’s River Rother After that #Brexit vote, what now for our rivers? Floods Minister […]

Pic of the day: Wander up the Wandle

This year’s annual Wander up the Wandle – one of many urban lots in the Wild Trout Trust’s charity auction – was won by WTT supporter Tim Scoble, and claimed over the weekend. From sight-fishing for streetwise urban fish to clattering into the local branch of Sainsbury’s in full wading gear (with fly-rod still rigged… of course!) […]

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