Friday, 24th March 2017

The provisional programme for the 2017 WTT annual gathering is now available - click here.

This year, on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May, we’ll be in glorious Derbyshire, hosted by the Haddon Estate and based in Rowsley, near Bakewell. Early arrivers will meet in Bakewell on the Friday night for a bite and beer, before a Saturday with a mix of interesting talks and river walks. We hope that the Sunday will allow our guests to enjoy the excellent fishing of the classic Derbyshire rivers, including the Derwent, Dove and Wye.

More detail on the fishing to follow. 

Booking is essential. If you would like to book a place, click here for a booking form.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Over on the blog, Jon Grey is hoping to create a series of informal reports from current researchers undertaking studies relevant to wild trout.

Jess Picken is our brave guinea pig! Jess completed a MSc at the University of Birmingham in River Environments and Management, and spent a year studying the impacts of high river flows on fish ecosystems in Alaska. With climate change models suggesting that high and low flow events will become more frequent in the future, she chose a PhD topic providing a perfect opportunity for her to broaden her knowledge on extreme flow events. The goal of the PhD is to provide reliable scientific knowledge to river management teams to help keep healthy populations of salmon and trout in our beautiful rivers.

Keep tabs on the blog for future updates from her and other young academics

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

This important new film explains the catastrophic collapse of sea trout stocks in Loch Maree, once one of the world’s truly great wild fisheries, following the arrival of salmon farming in the adjacent sea loch. It’s a disastrous tale of a vibrant fishery, supporting a hotel and twenty seasonal ghillies, that, within a very few years, virtually disappeared. The 7-minute film, and the story of S&TC Scotland’s campaign in Holyrood, can be viewed here:




Wednesday, 15th March 2017

The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust and The Wild Trout Trust invite trout enthusiasts to join them for a weekend of fly-fishing, fly-tying and most importantly fun!

Trout fishing will be available on a large number of prime Deveron beats over the weekend and there will be an evening gathering with fly-tying demonstrations from experts such as Allan Liddle and informative talks by Paul Proctor and the Wild Trout Trust team. Further details at

Tuesday, 14th March 2017

We have just four unsold lots from the auction. They have now been re-listed on eBay.

Click here to go to the list on eBay.

The four lots are:

  • A VIP day at the Irish Fly Fair
  • Clay pigeon shooting in North Wales
  • A day for two fishing the River Test at Mottisfont on 11 May
  • A trip to Argentina to fish for golden dorado

The lots will close on the afternoon of Sunday 19 March 

Sunday, 12th March 2017

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our 2017 auction raised a total of £94,255, an unprecedented figure for WTT. Thank you so much to all who donated lots and those who joined the auction, as bidders or (hopefully) winners.

WTT’s team is already busy matching lot donors and winners, but please bear with us while we sort payments and communication between those donors and winners.

We have very few unsold lots but we will probably relist those we have on ebay, so please keep an eye on the WTT website,, for further details.

Again, thank you all. Could I also take the opportunity to thank the WTT team who’ve driven this success: Denise Ashton, Christina Bryant and our excellent volunteers, Sean Flanagan, Patrick Lloyd and Kris Kent.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Two late lots added and some changes to lots which are not reflected in the catalogue, but will be correct on eBay when the auction goes live on 3 March,

Click here for the list of late lots and changes. This version updated 2 March.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017

best charity

We are delighted to receive a silver award for ‘Best Fishing Charity of Organisation’ from Fish and Fly in the 2016 Fly Fishing Industry Awards.

WTT Vice President Paul Procter received a gold award for ‘Best Guide or Instructor’.

For full details of all the awards, click here

Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Matthew WrightWe delighted to announce that Matthew Wright, journalist and presenter of ‘The Wright Stuff’ on Channel 5, has joined the eteemed ranks of Vice Presidents of the Wild Trout Trust.

Matthew said:

"I’m profoundly honoured to be a Vice President of a charity that has done so much already for this country’s rivers and lakes and the wonderful creatures they support. My appointment coincides with a watershed moment in history for the future of the UK environment and I intend to use my voice to insure our wild brown trout don’t get forgotten about."

 About Matthew Wright:

Matthew was a keen coarse angler from the moment he first picked up a rod aged eight on a Norfolk Broads boating holiday and has been a dedicated fly-fisher since first learning the art in 1999. Ambitious to see where on the planet he might take his new found skills, the TV and radio presenter has travelled far and wide not just to trophy destinations like Canada and New Zealand but more exotic locations still: India, Bhutan and South Africa. Honorary president of Britain’s oldest fishing club, Amwell Magna, and an active member of Wilton Fly Fishers, Matthew maintains it’s the wild brown trout of the River Usk that fascinate him most.

 With the growing popularity of social media, the experienced journalist believes there’s never been a better time to raise awareness and garner support for our most beautiful and precious of freshwater fish as well as the waterways they inhabit. 

Friday, 24th February 2017

The Environment Agency will launch, on 1 March 2017, a new website “Get a Fishing Licence”. This simplifies the process of buying a fishing licence for England & Wales: You can now buy a rod licence on line, by phone or at the Post Office. EA say this is part of a series of improvements to the service, which include:

•        Free fishing for junior anglers, up to the age of 17, announced in November 2016

•        The fishing licence now lasts for 12 months from the day it is bought, rather than expiring at the end of March each year

•        The use of three rods now needs just one licence, rather than two.

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