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Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 31 August

How London’s rivers got their names: Londonist takes a tongue-in-cheek look at hidden urban etymology In memory of urban fly-fishing guide Gary Hyde: Fly Forums regular Danny Gill organises a most excellent friendly charity fishing competition on Sheffield’s River Don… … while the Don Catchment Rivers Trust secures £154k from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and […]

Pic of the day: If Carlsberg did balsam bashing…

It’s a fact that invasive non-native species like Himalayan balsam positively thrive in places where the balance of nature has already been thrown out of whack by human activities (not to mention the human activity of bringing them to western Europe from their native home in the Himalayas in the first place!) This makes urban […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Frome, Bristol

For the last couple of seasons we’ve been hearing intriguing urban-trouty rumours about the Bristol Frome, a little limestone river which rises in the rural Cotswolds and flows broadly south-west past the university quarter at Frenchay to meet the much larger Avon in the centre of Bristol. So when we heard how respected competition angler (and […]

Urbantrout welcomes the launch of Rewilding Britain

This morning saw the official launch of a new national charity, Rewilding Britain, with an only slightly ambitious mission statement that includes… … mass restoration of ecosystems in Britain, on land and at sea, reversing the decline in nature so that living systems and our sense of wonder can thrive. Some might argue that the […]

Urban river restoration: Manchester’s River Irwell makes headlines in the Telegraph

If you’ve followed this blog for any time at all, you’ll have no doubt about how much we love Manchester’s mighty Irwell system and its big wild trout. So we’ve been truly stoked to see that awesome urban river getting full attention from this weekend’s Telegraph… … complete with a namecheck for Trout in Dirty […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Aa, Ouve-Wirquin

Thanks to our good friend Jeremy Lucas, the Urbantrout team has been out on the road again… this time exploring some of the chalkstreams of northern France. One of these was the River Aa: a ruisseau craie that rises at Bourges on the high chalk plateau of the Artois region, and flows broadly north east […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 June

The urban trout of a lifetime? Just like that, Manchester’s mighty Irwell system gives up a double for Stewart Carson (and maybe a sea trout too?) Tenkara in the Town hits Sheffield’s Hillsborough College Daylighting the Roch: work starts in Rochdale town centre Now open to the public for the first time in 100 years, a […]

Pic of the day: Urban paradise

What do we mean by posting a second (gasp) successive pic of the day from the Wandle? We say: well, y’know, it’s Urbantrout’s home water, and when a once-dead city stream is kicking out wild trout of this stamp, we’d be rude not to celebrate our epic good fortune just a little bit. (Maybe most […]

Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing: £5.00 special offer for environmental groups

Invasive non-native species (INNS) tend to thrive most vigorously in places where human impacts are greatest. And that, of course, often means city river corridors and other edgelands where urban river restorationists and fly-fishers like to ply our trade. Now balsam (and floating pennywort, rhododendron, mink, signal crayfish etc…) bashing season is here again, Merlin […]

Pic of the day: Dry fly, upper Wandle

So it begins… our good pal Jez Mallinson (otherwise quoted as the ultimate urban fly-tying authority on Huddersfield’s River Holme in Trout in Dirty Places) gets his 2015 season off to a flyer with a perfect wild trout from the upper Wandle. (And check out all that river restoration work from last year… already greening up nicely […]

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