Archive for the tag 'Urban rivers'

More headlines from Manchester: Trout & Salmon magazine features the mighty Irwell

It’s a satisfying thought that since Trout in Dirty Places was published in 2012, the whole idea of urban fly-fishing has gone so mainstream that you can hardly pick up one of the monthly magazines without finding at least one article about what used to be our dirty little secret… The latest in this canon […]

Pic of the day: Matt Sewell art on the Rea Brook

For urban fly-fishers exploring the edgelands of our towns and cities, graffiti is a common sight. Old brick arches, hard concrete river banks and derelict factory walls offer almost everything a spraycan kid could ask for: an endless blank(ish) canvas, and plenty of slightly sinister seclusion to wait for the muse to strike. Still, not everyone […]

Film night: The Wandle

Filmed on the fly before, during and after last weekend’s river cleanup with legendary film maker (and urban fly-fisher himself) Jeremiah Quinn, this is an exploration of south London’s River Wandle from its dirty lower reaches all the way upstream to sparkling headwaters filled with dace, chub and trout. It’s also the story of the […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 5 September

#FishWhereYouLive: Sunray’s Tom Bell gets inspired by our own favourite philosophy It’s a sin to trash your local river, but a virtue to look after it: the Pope confirms what most river restorationists already kinda knew Rewilding Sheffield: the first wild trout for 160 years from a deculverted stretch of the Porter Brook for the WTT’s Paul […]

Urban fly-fishing report: Loferbach, Lofer

The Urbantrout team has spent the last couple of weeks on a European road trip – and in the course of a long loop of driving through the Austrian Alps via Berchtesgaden, the Saalach valley, some Ziller tribs and a couple of truly idyllic high lakes on the legendary Braurup ticket… … we reckoned it’d be […]

Pic of the day: Wander up the Wandle

This year’s annual Wander up the Wandle – one of many urban lots in the Wild Trout Trust’s charity auction – was won by WTT supporter Tim Scoble, and claimed over the weekend. From sight-fishing for streetwise urban fish to clattering into the local branch of Sainsbury’s in full wading gear (with fly-rod still rigged… of course!) […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Trent, somewhere in the English Midlands…

Over on his Facebook page, Team Wychwood consultant Glen Pointon has been following up all those early season recce missions with some serious big fish fighting patrols into the urban badlands. Naturally, we’re all about spreading the urban river fishing love (with suitable caveats against hotspotting, for obvious reasons) – so Glen has given us the […]

Urban fly-fishing: 5 (or more) top tips

If you’ve ever read our urban fly-fishing reports and wondered how or where to make a start on your own city-centre adventure, look no further than Urbantrout’s recent guest feature on the famous Turrall Flies blog. From staying safe to picking the right flies, and even watching out for aliens… it’s all there. Click through […]

Urban fly-fishing report: Rea Brook, Shrewsbury

Spring is springing in the urban edgelands, and Urbantrout correspondent Spencer Clayton has been celebrating May Day on Shrewsbury’s magical little Rea Brook… I travelled light today, heading towards Shrewsbury by train from Wolverhampton station, reached Whitecroft Road at 11.30am and walked the banks, fishing upstream.  It was chilly and rained until 2pm, so I […]

Film night: Thanks from the Wandle!

When you’ve spent a decade (or more) steadily working away at mending the headwaters of an urban river… … you end up with lots of friends to thank. So the team at the Wandle Trust (now grown up into the South East Rivers Trust) made this video to celebrate the upper Wandle project’s success at […]

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