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Film night: Urban fishing (Norwegian winter edition)

From Dry Fly Living via the most-excellent-for-long-dark-evenings Orvis film site comes this fabulous little vignette of a group of Norwegian anglers getting their winter fly-fishing fix. To those of us watching from the UK… how much does this look like winter grayling fishing on some of our own favourite city streams in Sheffield, Huddersfield and […]

Urbantrout beanies: Made for keeping the cold out (and still with FREE P&P!)

It’s been a weird (and mostly very wet) winter so far in the UK. But on the off-chance that you can ever actually make it onto the water, Urbantrout’s famous beanie hats are here to keep the weather right outside where it belongs. They’re double-layered, cable-knit, and made with a short front peak to shield your eyes […]

Urban fishing: Rules change on Durham’s River Wear

Since Trout in Dirty Places was published in 2012, we’ve noticed virtually no changes to the fishing regulations on any of the featured 50 urban rivers across the UK. Naturally, the real world had to catch up with the printed page at some point (after all, working as a kind of continuity blog for the book […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 11 January

Cleaning up after the floods: 25 volunteers from the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust tackle debris in Bury’s Springwater Park “Flood management is more or less where medicine was in the 17th century: unscientific and irrational”: George Monbiot tackles Permanent Ineligible Features (PIFs) and farming subsidy public spending that ‘rushes rivers into our homes‘… … and […]

Film night: Natural flood risk management in Stroud

As one of the warmest and wettest Decembers on record spills over into a grey and soggy January, and flood risk management in urban areas continues to polarise the national conversation… … it’s easy to feel kinda helpless in the face of epic natural disasters like the Irwell floods that recently took out the 200 […]

Happy Christmas to all our readers!

It’s that time of year again (even if some of us are still waiting hopefully for the white fluffy stuff to arrive) and Urbantrout is here to wish all our readers a very fishful festive season. (Don’t forget… the Urbantrout shop will be taking orders for cosy Christmas beanies and hoodies, as well as caps, […]

Urban river futures: Deconstructing Desmond

As large swathes of Scotland and northern England start the mopping-up process after Storm Desmond ripped through the British Isles over the weekend, some frankly terrifying photos have continued to emerge, showing a whole new side to some of our best-loved urban rivers. It’s one of those clichés of environmental consciousness that we all live […]

Pic of the day: Lest we forget…

It’s already gone kinda viral across several social media channels… but now this astonishing shot of rubbish pulled out of the Wandle has also appeared in the Wandle Trust’s full report on Remembrance Sunday’s community cleanup… … we reckon it’s well worth reposting here for the record. On this evidence, the Plough Lane (aka Barbel Alley) stretch of […]

Urban fishing gear review: Vision Urban wading boots

Camouflage takes on a whole new level of meaning when you’re fishing urban rivers. You’re not just trying to hide from the fish, you may also be trying not to stand out too much from the rest of the human population – whether you’re hopping on and off public transport, grabbing a beer or a burger, […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 12 October

Manchester’s urban river restorationist Mike Duddy wins the Wild Trout Trust’s Wild Trout Hero award 2015 The BBC goes exploring London’s unseen rivers (and how they’re still affecting parking restrictions on the borders of different boroughs!) How was #Bagmageddon for you? England’s new plastic bag tax could raise £730 million for good causes over the […]

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