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The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2022: Back, bigger and badder than ever!

The Wild Trout Trust’s annual auction is back, and this year it’s bigger than ever before, with no less than 366 lots to choose from. One of the gnarliest challenges for any charity is raising long-term core funds which aren’t tightly tied to delivery of very specific short-term projects – and that’s why this fundraising […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 17 January

Want to hatch mayflies in your classroom? The Wild Trout Trust launches an excitingly updated creative science kit… … while Bristol Avon Rivers Trust has been hard at work engaging communities in the Marden valley around Calne Urban rewilding: the Guardian’s view of nature taking over (with bonus link to George Monbiot writing about Trout […]

Trout & Salmon explores the Yorkshire Calder

Sowerby Bridge might be familiar to you as the the setting for the BBC’s Happy Valley crime drama. It’s also the hometown of Phillippa Hake… one of the new generation of fly-fishers who has taken full advantage of the information age, rapidly ascending the learning curve to become an excellent angler in a relatively short […]

Film night: Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner…

Fly-fishing is a sport where women are known to excel – the record for the largest UK salmon is still held by Georgina Ballantine! – yet it’s still comparatively rare to see women on the bank. Thankfully, there’s something about the egalitarian nature of urban fishing that seems to attract amazing women to the riverside: […]

Fly Fishing & Fly Tying: Urban fishing in Winchester

There’s no doubt that Winchester is one of the all-time-classic urban fishing destinations – since we saw that rippling chalkstream along the city’s Roman walls, we’ve loved it ourselves, never mind eulogising it in Trout in Dirty Places – and the latest issue of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying tells the story of how Cumbrian […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 11 October

Trout in Dirty Places sells out… but not before featuring in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera! Wandle trout: Matthew Wright goes fishing in Hackbridge Redressing past mistakes: ambitious plans for High Wycombe’s River Wye Sewage, chemicals, microplastics… how dirty are Britain’s rivers, and what can be done? Daylighting the Medlock in Manchester’s Mayfield Park Time […]

Fly Culture: Tinworks trout on the Taff

Here at Urbantrout we’re huge fans of Fly Culture magazine, a quarterly publication ‘journal of high quality writing and photographs that capture the essence of what fly fishing means to us all’. The autumn 2021 issue features a story from a stretch of river that’s frankly new to us: Melingriffith on the Taff, where the […]

Pic of the day: Riverfly monitoring with a TWIST

Thanks to lots of enthusiasm from local volunteers, Somerset’s urban rivers now have a new cohort of qualified riverfly monitors to look after them. Click through to this report on the Wild Trout Trust website to find out more, and how to get involved in the exciting new TWIST (Transforming Waterways In Somerset Towns) project…

Urban fly-fishing report: River Sheaf, Sheffield

Professional sports photographer Duncan Philpott recently spent a few hours with a fishing pal on one of Sheffield’s many city streams. Naturally, he took his camera along to capture some shots of the whole experience – and best of all, he’s now given us permission to use a few of them here on Urbantrout. It’s […]

Film night: River Trent transformation

The SUNRISE project has featured on Urbantrout before… but not for a while, so we’re pretty stoked to see this update from the studio of Dr Paul Gaskell (himself involved in the project as the Wild Trout Trust’s Trout in the Town officer for the north of England). Funded by the EU’s European Regional Development […]

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