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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!) […]

Spreading the urban fishing word: SCALE Magazine features Urbantrout caps, hoodies and other gear

Here at Urbantrout there’s nothing that makes us happier than feeling part of something bigger: the global community of river restorationists, for example, or the international brotherhood of urban fishing fanatics… … which is why we’re truly stoked to see this website, and our Urbantrout gear, featured in the latest very funky monochromatic issue of […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Trent, somewhere in the English Midlands…

Over on his Facebook page, Team Wychwood consultant Glen Pointon has been following up all those early season recce missions with some serious big fish fighting patrols into the urban badlands. Naturally, we’re all about spreading the urban river fishing love (with suitable caveats against hotspotting, for obvious reasons) – so Glen has given us the […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 23 May

David West Beale fishes tenkara on the Wandle Defra’s press release about new fish passage legislation highlights the economic benefit of surprising urban fishing hotspots Not just Trout in the Town: new bugs move into Sheffield’s newly-deculverted stretch of the Porter Brook (and a multi-million pound STW project will make the Don cleaner too!) Tackling […]

Urban fly-fishing: 5 (or more) top tips

If you’ve ever read our urban fly-fishing reports and wondered how or where to make a start on your own city-centre adventure, look no further than Urbantrout’s recent guest feature on the famous Turrall Flies blog. From staying safe to picking the right flies, and even watching out for aliens… it’s all there. Click through […]

Urban fly-fishing report: Rea Brook, Shrewsbury

Spring is springing in the urban edgelands, and Urbantrout correspondent Spencer Clayton has been celebrating May Day on Shrewsbury’s magical little Rea Brook… I travelled light today, heading towards Shrewsbury by train from Wolverhampton station, reached Whitecroft Road at 11.30am and walked the banks, fishing upstream.  It was chilly and rained until 2pm, so I […]

Film night: Thanks from the Wandle!

When you’ve spent a decade (or more) steadily working away at mending the headwaters of an urban river… … you end up with lots of friends to thank. So the team at the Wandle Trust (now grown up into the South East Rivers Trust) made this video to celebrate the upper Wandle project’s success at […]

UK River Prize 2016: Wandle wins urban category

Here at Urbantrout, it’s no secret that the River Wandle is very close to our hearts (in fact it’s right across the road from where we’re tapping out this blog post in the depths of south London). So it’s been quite a buzz to hear that the Wandle Trust’s work on the Carshalton arm of […]

New black stripe Urbantrout beanie hats… and what our customers have said!

For the start of the new trout season, we’re shaking up our famous range of urban steelheader beanies – adding a new black-based colourway to our classic olive stripe. So, whether you’re dropping into the concrete canyons of the Trent and Tame, or stalking the dry fly flats of the Taff or Irwell, we reckon […]

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