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Urban river restoration: New strength in numbers for grayling in Chesterfield’s Rother

For those of us who like to make a note of future fishing prospects on our urban rivers (not to mention small but significant rewilding stories for our favourite inner city ecosystems!) here’s a good one for the diary. On 25 June this year, according to Brian Clarke in the Grayling Society’s latest newsletter… … the […]

Urbantrout welcomes the launch of Rewilding Britain

This morning saw the official launch of a new national charity, Rewilding Britain, with an only slightly ambitious mission statement that includes… … mass restoration of ecosystems in Britain, on land and at sea, reversing the decline in nature so that living systems and our sense of wonder can thrive. Some might argue that the […]

Urban river restoration: Manchester’s River Irwell makes headlines in the Telegraph

If you’ve followed this blog for any time at all, you’ll have no doubt about how much we love Manchester’s mighty Irwell system and its big wild trout. So we’ve been truly stoked to see that awesome urban river getting full attention from this weekend’s Telegraph… … complete with a namecheck for Trout in Dirty […]

Pic of the day: Dry fly, upper Wandle

So it begins… our good pal Jez Mallinson (otherwise quoted as the ultimate urban fly-tying authority on Huddersfield’s River Holme in Trout in Dirty Places) gets his 2015 season off to a flyer with a perfect wild trout from the upper Wandle. (And check out all that river restoration work from last year… already greening up nicely […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 20 April

At times it felt like Apocalypse Now: Paul Shorrock (aka SharkeyP) reports from the early season Lancashire Colne… and sparks a keen debate on the merits of urban river cleanups! Salford Friendly Anglers launch a restoration plan for the Dirty Irk (backed by this report from the Wild Trout Trust) Smelts in the city: ZSL’s […]

Pic of the day: Easter Monday

Arc-welder sun in sheet-steel sky. Daffodil banks, LDOs tumbling downwind. And somewhere, under slag-heaps and shopping trolleys… the hope that a fish will rise…

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2015: Which city stream will you fish this year?

It’s on! This year’s legendary Wild Trout Trust charity fundraising auction is now fully live over on the big auction site. And as you’d expect, we’ve been trawling through the lots to spot the juiciest urban fly-fishing opportunities… Lots 56 and 57: Doubling up your chances to win a week’s permit for 2 rods on the Town […]

Film night: Sea trout in Rotterdam

  “If you’re going to fish in the middle of an industrial wasteland, this looks like a good place to do it” quips Phil Monahan in his intro to this video on the Orvis Fly-Fishing Film Festival a few weeks ago. To be fair, most of the action is focused on bass, bait blitzes, ranks […]

Urban river restoration: Tree kickers on the Goyt

Way back in November 2010 when we explored Stockport’s River Goyt for Trout in Dirty Places (and interviewed local river restorationist Andrew Parker and other officials of the Disley & New Mills Angling Club), one of the most fascinating angles on this river’s recovery story was the structures called tree kickers installed in the channel. Securely […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Don, Sheffield

Professional photographer (and regular reader of, not to mention Trout in Dirty Places) Howard Sooley has generously shared this beautifully contemplative collection of shots taken recently on Sheffield’s River Don. In these quiet, low-water weeks when urban trout-fishing shades into the hunt for inner-city grayling… … it’s all about slowing it down with stealth, […]

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