Archive for the 'UK' Category

Trout & Salmon: Jon Beer fishes Holmfirth

Here at Urbantrout, it’s a constant low-level source of entertainment to watch how different angling writers react to the ambiguous challenge of our urban rivers. One or two usually-intrepid international explorers have proved weirdly squeamish (no names, no pack drill!) – while other less obviously gung-ho personalities are clearly super-keen to get stuck into Dirty […]

Film night: 3 rivers in Blaenau Gwent

Thanks to Tony Mair for the heads-up on this quietly epic and meditative film about 3 rivers in the Welsh Valleys: the post-industrial Ebbw Fawr, Ebbw Fach and Sirhowy: “From clean brooks to rivers orange with waste, the rivers are part of this place. They have passed through forest, farmland and meadow, and fed the […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 9 October

River mending in an urban Royal Park: installing a Downstream Defender in Richmond Park to improve water quality in south London’s Beverley Brook (Part 2 coming soon!) The River Restoration Centre visits a range of Healthy Rivers Project sites around Caerphilly in south Wales The wetter the better? Making the mental leap to treating storm […]

Film night: Riverfly monitoring (and much more) on Sheffield’s prize-winning Porter Brook

So, this film is already showing on the Wild Trout Trust’s Trout in the Town site, but we reckon it’s so important that we want to mirror it here too. Mending urban and rural rivers alike is all about restarting natural processes, as well as making sure that improvements are bedding in properly. And the […]

Pic of the day: From Wincanton to the Wandle

Sharing the urban river love is what Urbantrout and Trout in the Town are all about… … and we know from long experience that there’s no better way to do it than supporting each others’ volunteer events. A case in point: CATCH chair Gary Hunt recently took a day trip from Somerset to south London, […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 17 July

Team England coach Jeremy Lucas reports from this year’s IFFA River International fly-fishing competition on the Ebbw (one of the best post-industrial rivers in Wales!) News from Manchester: Mersey Basin Rivers Trust and Healthy Rivers Trust merge to form the new Mersey Rivers Trust 20 best places to enjoy London’s rewilded rivers Flash floods and […]

Pic of the day: CHALK on the Wandle

Thanks to a recent edition of Simon Cooper’s always-entertaining weekly newsletters, we know two things about the crowdfunded CHALK movie (billed as ‘a feature length film celebrating the importance of the chalkstreams of southern England in the history and development of fly fishing’). Firstly, it’s on: filming has already begun. Secondly, some of it has been […]

London Rivers Week 2017 is here!

If you’re into urban rivers and everything about them (like we are) there’s no bigger or better event than London Rivers Week… … which has just been launched on the banks of the Ravensbourne in Ladywell Fields in Lewisham. As Thames21’s London Rivers Week web hub says: London Rivers Week aims to inspire people like […]

Pic of the day: Fun in the sun, cleaning up the Frome

It’s fair to say that this photo caused a bit of unexpected kerfuffle when it appeared on Facebook a few days ago (Can you or can’t you legally pull shopping trolleys and other rubbish out of your local river? The authoritative answer: Yes, you can!) We also say: Kudos to Dan, Simon and Richard and […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 May

Exploring ‘the drain’: David James Bendle takes a friend fishing on an Irwell tributary ‘Haunted rubble and half-vanished walls’ on the banks of Winchester’s River Itchen Tenkara in the edgelands: David West Beale gets his stalk on SERT takes out the River Club weir on the Hogsmill near Tolworth in south London The Littering Fisherman: […]

Older Entries »