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Pic of the day: The secret grayling hole

There’s a long and honourable tradition of Photoshopping the backgrounds of trophy fish photos in order to protect your favourite fishing spots… but this has got to be one of the finest and funniest we’ve ever seen. Kudos to Kieron for his outstanding photo manipulation skills (oh, and for persuading a frankly epic grayling to pose so […]

Fishing in Switzerland: It’s complicated, but here’s your insider’s guide to the rules and regulations

Following his fascinating feature on fishing in Basel at the end of last year, Martin Pütter has very kindly written this guest post that’s designed to unlock the complexities of fishing across the whole of Switzerland (urban and otherwise). Thanks Martin… luckily for us, it looks like it’s mostly easier to be a visitor than a […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 2 January

Falling in love with the Wandle: Damon Valentine‘s first feature for Eat, Sleep, Fish (and here’s the report from the Wandle Trust’s Christmas cleanup!) Catching the urban fly-fishing vibe at Orvis UK’s inaugural book evening: Calibre magazine reports from an exciting new literary festival The Wild Trout Trust‘s deculverting project on Sheffield’s Porter Brook wins a major national prize Fish […]

Merry Christmas to all Urbantrout’s supporters!

It’s fair to say that 2016 has been unexpected in lots of ways. But one thing hasn’t changed – the growing community of urban fly-fishers who’ve been reading this website (and sometimes sporting our own favourite eco-branded fishing gear in search of the big one in destinations near and far). We’ve got lots of exciting new […]

Film night: Fishing the Battenkill

OK, so maybe it’s mostly a commercial for the latest generation in the classic Orvis family of Battenkill reels… … but this is so much our kind of angle on a famous fishery on the north-eastern seaboard of the USA – relevantly linking a big brand’s manufacturing heritage with the whole very funky, very now story of recovering […]

Urban fly-fishing makes headlines in Petri-Heil: Grayling in the River Wiese, Basel

As readers of this blog may have noticed by now, here at Urbantrout we definitely dig the knowledge that we’re part of something bigger… especially when that ‘something bigger’ is the international brotherhood of urban fly-fishing. Martin Pütter was one of the earliest volunteers on the Wandle river restoration project, and for several years he […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Exe, Tiverton

On a sudden half-term whim, the Urbantrout team went west to try something we’d never done before. If you’ve read Trout in Dirty Places, you may recall that the little River Lowman got most of the word count in the chapter on Tiverton – we photographed the main River Exe in the middle of town, […]

Marine plastic pollution: Catch it in your river first!

If Broken Windows Theory didn’t exist, you could almost make a case for not pulling all the shopping trolleys out of urban rivers. After all, when every other scrap of habitat has been dredged out or covered in concrete, even a stray shopping cart can offer shelter for fish and invertebrates from floods and predators… … […]

Film night: Autumn in Andorra

Full disclosure: we’ve been saving this up for you all spring and summer, but now it’s time to showcase this awesome little end-of-trout-season urban fishing film from Enoc Ripoll and the C&R-committed Pescadors d’Andorra, complete with a banging Kongos soundtrack. Get your European concrete canyon head on, crank up your speakers, and enjoy…

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 […]

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