Members of the Wild Trout Trust are a community of like minded people with an interest in preserving and improving the rivers and lakes that they love. When you join us as a member you support a conservation charity that gets things done in a very practical way. We have a small team of highly committed expert Conservation Officers who all work from home. We focus on using the money we raise directly on our work to improve our lakes and rivers, their trout and lots of other wildlife.
Join as member by clicking on one of the boxes below.
You can pay by credit or debit card via the links above, or by Direct Debit. Click HERE to download a membership form with Direct Debit and send it to: Freepost WILD TROUT TRUST.
Payment by Direct Debit helps us enormously by reducing our administration and saving us credit card transaction fees. You also have the option of paying monthly by Direct Debit.
Amounts are suggested rates, however if you are able to support our work by donating a little more annually or monthly, or by a one-off additional donation we would be very grateful.
We also have membership categories for river keepers, businesses, junior and retired members — click the links below
In addition to being part of community of like minded people, membership benefits include:
- WTT’s excellent annual journal, Salmo trutta and information-packed newsletters
- Members-only trout and grayling fishing events on exclusive beats
- Meeting friends and making new fishing friends at our annual get-together
- The option to work with us voluntarily and practically to improve habitat in our rivers
- A 10% discount in Orvis stores
Our members newsletters are packed with information about our work. They are printed and posted to members. Click here to see a low resolution PDF example (2Mb) of the newsletter from Autumn 2018.
The Wild Trout Trust Annual Get Together
The Wild Trout Trust hold an ‘Annual Get Together’ weekend, held in different locations around the country in the spring each year. Around 80 or 90 people attend each year, along with the WTT Conservation team and invited guests from the local area.
One of things I love about the WTT Get Together is that it is relaxed and informal. It combines really interesting talks (not too many) and expert guided river walks with plenty of time to chat and socialise.
The Annual Get Together moves location around the country and generally takes place in April or May. These weekends are designed to give people a chance to meet and chat with like-minded trouty types, listen to some inspiring talks on work in the patch and then fish some of the local rivers.
As an example, here is an outline of our 2018 meeting at Gargrave in North Yorkshire:
We started by meeting for a drink in Lothersdale at the Hare & Hounds on the Friday evening.
Saturday morning was a series of interesting talks in the village hall at Gargrave (programme here), followed by a walk along the River Aire, guided by WTT Conservation Officers, to see issues impacting the river and some of the work that is being done by WTT, the Environment Agency, Aire Rivers Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Hull International Fisheries Institute, and local angling clubs.
Lunch, tea and coffee were provided at a cost of £10.
On Saturday evening, we met for a drink and a meal in Gargrave.
On Sunday we fished local club waters on the Aire, Ribble and Wharfe.
Members can join us for as much or as little of the weekend as they wish.
We generally hold two ‘members only’ fishing weekends each year. These are immensely popular and give our members the opportunity to meet up and fish together, with some expert local guidance on hand if needed.
The trout fishing weekend is generously donated by the Haddon Estate on the Derbyshire Wye. The Haddon waters are all wild brown and rainbow trout- the Derbyshire Wye is the only UK river with long established, self-sustaining population of wild rainbow trout as well as brown trout.
The grayling weekend changes location each year. It was held on the River Itchen in 2017, the River Test in 2018 and the River Kennet in 2019. The fishing is primarily on exclusive beats and is kindly donated by our supporters.
For both the trout and grayling weekends we charge around £50 per day per angler. The funds raised are used to support our habitat work.
We are very fortunate in having a huge number of volunteers. Those that wish to get involved in practical work in their local area will tend to link up with one of our local project partners and the local WTT Conservation Officer.
We also have a group of ‘core volunteers’ who take on specific roles and tasks for the WTT – see our Who’s Who page.
If you would like to get involved in our work and feel you have some skills and enthusiasm to offer, please contact us.