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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 […]

Pics of the day: Starting trout time in Andorra

Mid-March means the Wild Trout Trust charity auction is done, and trout season is starting all over. So we thought we’d go a little further afield than usual for our latest pics of the day… … all the way, in fact, to the Riú Gran Valira in Andorra la Vella, where the Pescadors D’Andorra have […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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