Archive for the tag 'Trout'

Urbantrout sidecasts: Tuesday 22 April

Every fish pushed you and your tackle to the limit… Stuart Minnikin goes urban fishing in Slovenia Milling history in Burnley (including a shout out for the Ribble Rivers Trust’s URES fish passage project) Magic mushrooms: the UK’s first mycofiltration project takes root on the Wandle Soft covers for Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s Silt Road (it’s also been longlisted for […]

The Urbantrout Diaries: Wet weather in Wincanton

We’re delighted to announce that the fifth episode of The Urbantrout Diaries has just been published, this time featuring an exciting new Trout in the Town project in Somerset: Community Action to Transform the Cale Habitat (CATCH for short: never underestimate the value of a finely crafted acronym!) has enjoyed the same meteoric rise as […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2014: Make this your year of urban exploration!

It’s hard to believe a whole year has rolled round since last year’s Wild Trout Trust auction… but here we are again, with another highly tempting selection of lots for would-be urban anglers. Whether you’re already a dyed-in-the-wool post-industrial fly-fisher, or you’ve recently discovered our dirty little secret and want to find out more, we’re […]

Film night: Saving the Lathkill

As regular readers of this blog will know, post-industrial rivers really do come in all shapes, sizes and conditions (and not all of them now as urban as you might think). To us, there’s no better proof of this maxim than the otherwise idyllic upper Lathkill, part of the headwaters of the mighty Trent. However […]

The Urbantrout Diaries: Spawning time

This is the time of year which often shows even the best angler exactly what he’s been failing to catch all season… When I walked downriver the following afternoon, the trout were still there: two big fish cruising the daylight shallows like nuclear submarines, with their grey backs half out of water and clear wakes […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 25 November

‘Sculpin’, ‘Trout’ and ‘Shrimpy’ go urban grayling fishing somewhere up north… no hotspotting here! Salford Friendly Anglers launch their revamped website, including an urgent appeal to stand up for the Irwell in the Environment Agency’s Challenges and Choices consultation London calling: making headlines in The Angler, undoing historic dredging and impoundment damage on the Hogsmill, and […]

Urbantrout winter fly-fishing gear: Get your karma on today (and a free car sticker too)

Will wearing Urbantrout gear help you catch more or bigger fish? Despite convincing photographic evidence since our launch earlier this year, that’s one result this eco-brand probably still can’t guarantee. But we do know you’ll look good and feel full of good karma wearing our carefully designed urban fishing gear. And since successful fishing is all […]

The Urbantrout Diaries: Discovering the Dour

A few weeks ago the South East Rivers Trust team (with Urbantrout editor specially embedded) took a tour of Dover to find out more about another urban chalkstream, the Dour. Around this little river’s neatly ponded headwaters, manicured public parks now take the place of mill-owners’ private grounds: from here, its chalky, gravelly gradient quickly […]

Restoring the Red River: Manchester’s River Medlock

At last week’s Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards (no urban winners this time, but we salute them all just the same!) many of our fellow river restorationists kept coming back to one fascinating subject of debate… … the massive ongoing project work by the Environment Agency, Groundwork and the Irwell Rivers Trust to restore Manchester’s […]

Celebrating our urban rivers: World Rivers Day 2013

Having been very closely involved in bringing World Rivers Day to south London for the first time in 2008, there’s nothing that gives the Urbantrout team more pleasure than seeing this international celebration of rivers flourishing more and more widely every year across the UK. While we joined fellow urban fly-fishers Dom Garnett and Charles […]

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