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Talking urban rivers on Farlows LIVE

Volunteer activities on urban rivers have certainly seen some setbacks during the Covid-19 pandemic, but forward-thinking organisations of all kinds have taken the opportunity to stay in touch with their supporters online… … and that’s just what Farlows have done with their series of Farlows LIVE interviews on Facebook. On Friday 17 July, this site’s […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 29 June

Lockdown litter from London to Derbyshire: a shocking new source of microplastics for the environment… … and what about tyre fragments from the roads? Transforming the Darent in Dartford: how SERT is restoring another urban chalkstream SUNRISE on the Trent: sometimes moving a river 500m sideways is the only way to restore it! Don Catchment […]

Pic of the day: Hackbridge on the Wandle

As the Covid-19 lockdown tentatively lifts across different regions of the UK, #FishWhereYouLive seems to be the best first option for many flyfishers… … including those who live within striking distance of the Wandle in south London. One of these is Tom Clinton, retail manager at Farlows fishing shop on Pall Mall, and he’s been […]

Urban fly-fishing report: Velika Božna, near Ljubljana

Across the crowded little UK (as in many other parts of the world) fishing has been locked down until further notice as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. But that’s not the case everywhere, and we recently spotted this hugely morale-boosting fishing report from fishing guide Uros Kristan in Slovenia. At this time in particular, […]

The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2020: Urban lots to fish where you live

In these uncertain times, maybe there’s never been a better opportunity to explore more local waters. And if you live in town, this could mean literally fishing where you live – maybe even within walking distance of your own front door… The Wild Trout Trust’s annual auction is an incredibly important fundraising event for this […]

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

Whichever way you look at it, there’s never been a more important time for international learning, collaboration and celebration for everyone who’s involved in restoring rivers. The Prix Charles Ritz has been awarded in France for many years… … endors(ing) conservation focused on the recovery of wild fish populations in balance with their natural environment, […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 13 January

Salmon in the Stour: part of the International Year of the Salmon, and an epic new challenge for one Black Country trout fisherman! Rewilding our cities: Copenhagen’s Amager Nature Centre shows how learning from nature can make great future places to live Exciting proposals for a new wetland on South London’s Hogsmill River, as development […]

Sharing the international urban river love: Urbantrout goes to Baltimore

Here in the UK, when we think of American rivers, it’s likely to be the mighty Madison and other Montana rivers that come to mind – or maybe the spring creeks of Pennsylvania that almost mirror the geology and water chemistry of our own chalkstreams. What’s less well appreciated is that the US (and especially […]

Pic of the day: The Mersey Mermaid

Now we know salmon are running the Mersey again, why should the Little Mermaid be far behind? The Mersey Rivers Trust‘s intrepid crew of volunteers hit the river in Stockport on a grey November Sunday… … and here’s what else they found besides a smutty-faced little Ariel… (Photo: Mersey Rivers Trust)

Film night: Tackling the urban jungle

 “We’ve got a river close by – it’s pretty much lined with concrete, but there’s trout in it. So we’re gonna go catch some!” After a long week of training and family duties, Tactical Fly Fisher’s Devin Olsen takes his new shop manager Connor Murphy for a quick-fire session on local water. Flicking short […]

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