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The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2020: Urban lots to fish where you live

In these uncertain times, maybe there’s never been a better opportunity to explore more local waters. And if you live in town, this could mean literally fishing where you live – maybe even within walking distance of your own front door… The Wild Trout Trust’s annual auction is an incredibly important fundraising event for this […]

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

Whichever way you look at it, there’s never been a more important time for international learning, collaboration and celebration for everyone who’s involved in restoring rivers. The Prix Charles Ritz has been awarded in France for many years… … endors(ing) conservation focused on the recovery of wild fish populations in balance with their natural environment, […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 13 January

Salmon in the Stour: part of the International Year of the Salmon, and an epic new challenge for one Black Country trout fisherman! Rewilding our cities: Copenhagen’s Amager Nature Centre shows how learning from nature can make great future places to live Exciting proposals for a new wetland on South London’s Hogsmill River, as development […]

Sharing the international urban river love: Urbantrout goes to Baltimore

Here in the UK, when we think of American rivers, it’s likely to be the mighty Madison and other Montana rivers that come to mind – or maybe the spring creeks of Pennsylvania that almost mirror the geology and water chemistry of our own chalkstreams. What’s less well appreciated is that the US (and especially […]

Pic of the day: The Mersey Mermaid

Now we know salmon are running the Mersey again, why should the Little Mermaid be far behind? The Mersey Rivers Trust‘s intrepid crew of volunteers hit the river in Stockport on a grey November Sunday… … and here’s what else they found besides a smutty-faced little Ariel… (Photo: Mersey Rivers Trust)

Urban fly-fishing report: Return to Winchester

It’s no secret that the Urbantrout team love the shoulder seasons. This autumn, after months of low water, a succession of storms and ex-hurricanes has finally rolled in off the Atlantic, lifting the rivers and giving us a few brief opportunities to catch a last trout or two before the season closed. On the Itchen, […]

WTT Urban Conclave 2019: Launching the new Trout in the Town Urban River Toolkit

If you’ve read Trout in Dirty Places, or followed this site’s blog posts for long, you’ll likely know how much of a role Manchester’s beautiful but plastic-polluted River Tame has played in the growth of the urban flyfishing and river restoration movements (hint: quite a lot… and it’s still continuing!) Which naturally meant it was […]

Pic of the day: A new sign of the times in Wincanton

Here at Urbantrout we’ve got quite accustomed to being awed by the innovative spirit shown by the team at CATCH in the Somerset town of Wincanton… … and now they’ve done it again, with a project to install a new and much improved sign on the approach to Hawker’s Bridge over the little River Cale. […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 29 July

Rivers of flame: memories of when the Irwell and Cuyahoga caught fire How the £3.6 million SUNRISE project (£2.1 million co-funded by the EU’s Regional Development Fund) promises to transform Staffordshire’s urban rivers Fresh outta Portland: fishing for city bass in the shadow of skyscrapers Bring up the bodies (and shopping trolleys, cafe chairs, mobile […]

Pic of the day: Trout outta Colliers Wood

One important aspect of the Environment Agency’s regular fisheries work involves electrofishing to monitor fish populations, and their schedule this year has just brought them back to the River Wandle at Colliers Wood. And among more than 600 fish including barbel, chub, dace, roach, gudgeon and eels, they’ve reported catching this awesome little wild trout. […]

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