Archive for the tag 'Urbex'

Urban fly-fishing report: Silt Road edition

Here in south-west England, trout fishing closes at the end of September… so the Urbantrout team thought we’d better get out on one of our favourite local streams for the last time this year. In the end, curiosity won out over familiarity, and we took a side trip up a tiny industrialised tributary we’d been […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 2 January

Falling in love with the Wandle: Damon Valentine‘s first feature for Eat, Sleep, Fish (and here’s the report from the Wandle Trust’s Christmas cleanup!) Catching the urban fly-fishing vibe at Orvis UK’s inaugural book evening: Calibre magazine reports from an exciting new literary festival The Wild Trout Trust‘s deculverting project on Sheffield’s Porter Brook wins a major national prize Fish […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fly-fishing as urban exploration

(Photo: UK Urbex Forums) If you subscribe to the online-paywalled Sunday Times (which we don’t, preferring to go all retro-printy instead for one day a week), you may already have seen last weekend’s fascinating analysis of the now-not-so-underground concept of urban exploration.  The gonzo challenge of exploring and documenting the forbidden spaces of decommissioned factories, […]