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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 […]

Urban river restoration: River Anton, Andover

Fresh from helping to deliver several projects on the middle and upper Wandle, river restoration consultancy Aquamaintain recently moved its focus to another urban chalkstream – this time the little River Anton in Andover. In the words of Test Valley Borough Council’s River Anton Enhancement Strategy, these headwaters of the globally-famous River Test have lost […]

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 […]

Afon Cae Person, Llanwrst: Conwy Council’s masterclass in trashing an urban stream

So what happens when the very modern curse of got to spend your project funding by the end of this financial year collides with the last, semi-fossilised remnants of the 1960s-era if it moves, concrete it over approach to flood risk management? This, apparently. At the end of 2013, according to the BBC, the Welsh […]

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 […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 December

Providing local groups with professional advice, confidence and contacts: Paul Gaskell reviews how the Wild Trout Trust helped to kick-start the Wandle’s ‘truly outstanding’ river restoration programme (and how this success inspired the WTT’s full-on Trout in the Town project) More Wandle coverage: celebrating 2 years of volunteers monitoring urban diffuse pollution, and hitting international headlines in […]

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 […]

Urbantrout peaked beanies: Now in steel blue stripe!

Winter grayling season is fully here in the UK, so it’s time to start piling on that cold-weather gear again. And in our experience (though we say it ourselves) there’s little better for keeping the bitter chill at bay than Urbantrout’s exclusive eco-branded beanie hats. This year we’re celebrating urban grayling season by adding a new […]

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