The Wild Trout Trust charity auction 2014: Make this your year of urban exploration!

Stuart Crofts fishing Sheffield Don

It’s hard to believe a whole year has rolled round since last year’s Wild Trout Trust auction… but here we are again, with another highly tempting selection of lots for would-be urban anglers.

Whether you’re already a dyed-in-the-wool post-industrial fly-fisher, or you’ve recently discovered our dirty little secret and want to find out more, we’re almost certain there’s something here for you:

  • Lot 62: A week’s permit for 2 rods on the Town Waters of the River Ness in Inverness, presented by the Inverness Angling Club. This beat runs right through the Scottish Highland capital, and is best fished for salmon with a fly.
  • Lot 102: Presented by Ffynnon Taff Angling Club, 1 day for 1 rod on the legendary post-industrial River Taff guided by Nicholas Steedman. Hit this one right, and you may find huge trout and grayling rising freely to exceptional hatches…
  • Lot 182: Stuart Crofts’ annual challenge: fish for 1 hour on each of 5 different urban rivers within 15 miles of Sheffield, with the aim of catching a wild trout from each. If you complete your mission successfully, Stuart will buy you a pint of Yorkshire ale. If not, it’s your round!
  • Lot 196: A day’s fishing for 2 rods on West Yorkshire’s urban Calder or Colne, guided by local expert Gary Hyde. As a stalwart supporter of his local rivers trust, what Gary doesn’t know about these rivers isn’t worth knowing…
  • Lot 216: Wander up the Wandle for the day with this blog’s very own Theo Pike, getting the latest news on this inner-city chalkstream’s rollercoaster recovery – and a chance of hooking a trophy trout somewhere in south London!
  • Lot 241: Guided by Ben Tyser, 1 day for 1 rod on the urban River Allen in Wimborne Minster (as featured in Trout in Dirty Places and Hugh Miles’ film Liquid Gold: A Celebration of Chalk Streams)

This year’s Wild Trout Trust auction aims to raise more than £50,000 of unrestricted funds for the WTT’s excellent charitable work and partnership projects to improve habitat for wild trout and many other species. Bids can be placed online between now and the evening of Thursday 13 March: you can also send sealed postal bids which will be logged online on your behalf.

Bid early, bid often in aid of this exceptional cause… and we’ll see you out there on one of our urban rivers!

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