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Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 1 April

Rivers of plastic: why so many urban river projects have been running community cleanups every month for more than 15 years (and why we need to carry on!) How Helsinki’s Longinoja project won the Finnish Biodiversity Award 2017-18 Urban forests for Scotland’s post-industrial wastelands Red river backwards: a letter from Berlin’s River Spree Putting numbers […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2019: Bid for a season of urban fishing adventures!

Regular readers of Urbantrout will probably know that the Wild Trout Trust auction, which takes place at the start of trout fishing season in the UK each year, is the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event. Of course, the fundraising aspect alone would be reason enough for us to support this legendary event. But it’s a […]

Film night: Longinoja, from gutter to creek

 Among European river menders, the restoration of Longinoja brook has become a textbook example of local activism persuading local communities and public bodies alike to start valuing a little urban stream again. Flowing through the Finnish city of Helsinki, this important sea-trout spawning tributary of the Vantaanjoki River was historically dredged and otherwise modified […]

Today’s Flyfisher: Taming the Taff

There must be something in the air and the water at the moment… because for the second time this autumn, there’s a new quarterly print magazine for fly-fishers in the UK and further afield. Better still, the first issue of Today’s Flyfisher (just like the launch edition of Fly Culture) pays its respects to the […]

Fly Culture magazine: Trout on the Train

A couple of months ago, we posted a fishing report from the River Tame in Manchester… … essentially a sneak preview of a feature for an exciting new fishing magazine: Pete Tyjas’s Fly Culture. And now the finished article is finally here! Complete with amazing photos from Paul Gaskell, Trout on the Train provides readers […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 3 September

Plastic pollution in rivers: has Wales reached a tipping point? Bradford Beck runs black with sewage, killing fish and invertebrates (just days after suffering runoff from a waste depot fire at Shipley) How dams damage rivers, and why it’s good to remove them Plastic rivers (again): most marine pollution doesn’t start in the sea If […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Wandle, south London

The new Orvis #50/50onthewater campaign has been designed to encourage equal opportunities and participation in flyfishing, getting more women out onto our rivers, lakes and streams, and we couldn’t be more delighted to see this effect trickling down into the urban side of this sport we love. Last weekend, newly-converted urban flyfishing aficionados Susan Skrupa […]

Now available: New ebook edition of The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing

Perfectly timed for this summer’s balsam bashing season, Merlin Unwin Books have just released a new ebook edition of the best-selling Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing. As many river restorationists know all too well, urban rivers and their catchments are particularly prone to invasion by non-native species like giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, mink and signal […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 30 April

Streamers on the Irwell: Martin’s Minnow strikes again for David James Bendle Getting the green light: new hope for a bottle and can deposit scheme in England and Wales (as well as mutant plastic-munching enzymes to break down PET) Plastic pollution again: we all know the value of river clean-ups, so maybe now’s the time […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2018: Your chance to do good and go fishing!

Over the past few years, urban fishing has become such a fixture in the Wild Trout Trust’s annual charity auction that it’s hard to remember when it wasn’t – and when it was a novel kind of idea for us to list all the urban lots in one place for our readers’ bidding convenience. Still, […]

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