Archive for the tag 'Urban rivers'

Pic of the day: If Carlsberg did balsam bashing…

It’s a fact that invasive non-native species like Himalayan balsam positively thrive in places where the balance of nature has already been thrown out of whack by human activities (not to mention the human activity of bringing them to western Europe from their native home in the Himalayas in the first place!) This makes urban […]

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 fly-fishing report: River Aa, Ouve-Wirquin

Thanks to our good friend Jeremy Lucas, the Urbantrout team has been out on the road again… this time exploring some of the chalkstreams of northern France. One of these was the River Aa: a ruisseau craie that rises at Bourges on the high chalk plateau of the Artois region, and flows broadly north east […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 June

The urban trout of a lifetime? Just like that, Manchester’s mighty Irwell system gives up a double for Stewart Carson (and maybe a sea trout too?) Tenkara in the Town hits Sheffield’s Hillsborough College Daylighting the Roch: work starts in Rochdale town centre Now open to the public for the first time in 100 years, a […]

Pic of the day: Urban paradise

What do we mean by posting a second (gasp) successive pic of the day from the Wandle? We say: well, y’know, it’s Urbantrout’s home water, and when a once-dead city stream is kicking out wild trout of this stamp, we’d be rude not to celebrate our epic good fortune just a little bit. (Maybe most […]

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 […]

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…

Film night: Saving huchen from hydropower

Protecting the River Mur‘s rare population of huchen (Europe’s very own relict taimen or landlocked salmon) from the threat of hydropower in the heart of Graz, Austria’s second biggest city? Our only question is this… Why wouldn’t you? As you’d expect, the Fish Where You Live idea of local people valuing and protecting their urban […]

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 […]

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