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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 […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 December

Providing local groups with professional advice, confidence and contacts: Paul Gaskell reviews how the Wild Trout Trust helped to kick-start the Wandle’s ‘truly outstanding’ river restoration programme (and how this success inspired the WTT’s full-on Trout in the Town project) More Wandle coverage: celebrating 2 years of volunteers monitoring urban diffuse pollution, and hitting international headlines in […]

Urban river restoration: Tree kickers on the Goyt

Way back in November 2010 when we explored Stockport’s River Goyt for Trout in Dirty Places (and interviewed local river restorationist Andrew Parker and other officials of the Disley & New Mills Angling Club), one of the most fascinating angles on this river’s recovery story was the structures called tree kickers installed in the channel. Securely […]

Urbantrout peaked beanies: Now in steel blue stripe!

Winter grayling season is fully here in the UK, so it’s time to start piling on that cold-weather gear again. And in our experience (though we say it ourselves) there’s little better for keeping the bitter chill at bay than Urbantrout’s exclusive eco-branded beanie hats. This year we’re celebrating urban grayling season by adding a new […]

Film night: Tying the Squirminator

Full disclosure: we haven’t tried or even tied any of these new-from-Stateside late Hallowe’en horrors jig patterns ourselves yet… … although it’s perfectly possible we know a few people who have. But if there’s a filthy hot fly pattern that’s catching winter grayling out there on our chilly urban rivers, we think Urbantrout’s faithful readers should be […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 3 November

Does urban fishing even exist? Andy Buckley gets all philosophical about the perceptions and realities of fishing in the city Make your bid count: the legendary Peter Lapsley‘s personal fly tying kit goes under the hammer in aid of the Wild Trout Trust Fish passage, sediment transport, eutrophication, heavy metals: basin-scale plans for restoring the […]

Pic of the day: At the sign of the Slammin’ Salmon

Time was when any self-respecting retail establishment advertised its wares with a fully three-dimensional sign hanging from its frontage or occupying the street outside. Those days are now mostly gone (though it’s worth noting that the Flyfishers’ Club boasts a life-size wooden mannequin of a 19th-century angler in its collections, and sometimes uses that vintage […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Don, Sheffield

Professional photographer (and regular reader of Urbantrout.net, not to mention Trout in Dirty Places) Howard Sooley has generously shared this beautifully contemplative collection of shots taken recently on Sheffield’s River Don. In these quiet, low-water weeks when urban trout-fishing shades into the hunt for inner-city grayling… … it’s all about slowing it down with stealth, […]

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