News

Monday, 17th September 2018

Thanks to the Spey and Cromarty Fishery Boards, two training events are lined up for this autumn:

  1. Large Woody Debris and Habitat Restoration on the Dulnain, Spey, 23rd October. Meet at the public car park in Carrbridge at 11am, led by Duncan Fergusson of the Spey DSFB. Book through admin@speyfisheryboard.com
     
  2. Fish Trapping and Hatchery Open Day, 25th November. At Loch na Croic, Tarvie, near Contin – email Simon of the Cromarty DSFB - cromartyfish@hotmail.co.uk - for directions and booking.

Both events are free to IFM and WTT members but please email to book a place, no later than 1 week before the event.

You will need to supply your own lunch for both events, and note there is a good snack bar/bacon rolls at Tarvie for the second event.

 
Monday, 3rd September 2018

Brian Clarke’s final fishing column for The Times appears today (3 September). After 27 years of writing thoughtful and thought provoking articles about angling and the issues and politics around it, he has retired.
Brian was for many years an active and very effective President of the Wild Trout Trust. His column in The Times gave unique coverage in the mainstream media to important issues and will be sorely missed.  

Brian Clarke

 

Monday, 20th August 2018

WTT Conservation Officer Tim Jacklin continues to manage the team removing some of the 177 weirs on the River Dove in Dovedale, Derbyshire, with the aim of creating better habitat for wildlife including trout and a more natural and sustainable form and function to the river. The project will host a visit from the BBC regional news team on 23rd August.

Before and after photos from a weir removal last week:

River Dove weir before

 

 

Dover weir removal after

This section of the River Dove has 177 weirs and large sections of rock armoured banks, most of which date from the 1920s. The effect of these man-made interventions is to prevent the river from behaving naturally i.e. creating a sinuous channel with variations in depth and eroding and depositing gravel. This results in poor and fragmented river habitat and, although Dovedale has the highest of conservation designations (Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest), it is deemed to be ‘failing’ by Natural England. National Trust ecologist, Chris Wood, describes the current dammed areas of the river as ‘wet deserts, with no food and no variety for wildlife’.

The project is led by the National Trust, who have issued this press release and briefing document

For more detail on why weirs are a problem, read Paul Gaskell’s blog and our library page.

Listen to this podcast with Tim Jacklin interviewed by Andrew Griffiths.

 

Wednesday, 8th August 2018

River Holme Connections in West Yorkshire are running a Japanese knotweed control training course (PA1 - safe use of pesticides, PA6AW - hand held applicators and PA6INJ - stem injection) in Holmfirth on the following dates:

 
·         Training:                  20th – 21st August 2018
·         Assessments:         22nd & 23rd August 2018
·         Venue:                    TKF Training Centre, Holmfirth

 

River Holme Connections are happy to pay for the course fees if volunteers would be able to contribute 8 days of volunteering work on the River Holme (in September and October) (as well as 4 days for the actual training course), so 12 days in total.

They will also provide all the PPE, reasonable travel costs and lunch expenses during the work.

Please contact Simon Hirst ASAP if you are interested in attending this course on 07532 793458
 
www.riverholmeconnections.org

Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Well known entymologist Dr Cyril Bennett has written up a number of methods for attempting to restore fly populations in rivers.
As Cyril notes in his recent interesting paper, these methods are aimed not at trying to boost existing fly numbers but rather for situations where pollution has impacted local populations and recolonisation from upstream is limited. Cyril also makes the really important point that such methods are only applicable where the issues that caused any perceived fly declines have been tackled. 

 

Mark Jacobs mayfly

Monday, 23rd July 2018

Removing tens of thousands of obsolete dams in Europe will bring life back to rivers, says new report

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for up to 30,000 redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

Click here for the full press release and here to download the report.

Dam Removal Europe (DRE) is a coalition of 5 organizations: WWF, World Fish Migration Foundation, European Rivers Network, The Rivers Trust and Rewilding Europe.

 

Saturday, 21st July 2018

Fly Culture magazine is open for subscriptions!  Trout in the Town and urban fishing gurus Theo Pike and Paul Gaskell of the WTT have an article in the first edition which comes out in September. We are really delighted to be associated with Fly Culture and wish our friends Pete Tyjas and James Beeson great success.

https://www.flyculturemag.com/

 

Saturday, 21st July 2018

WTT Grayling Weekend  

We are hatching plans for another chalk stream grayling weekend, this time on the River Test. As last year, we hope to be able to offer grayling fishing on exclusive beats (no day ticket water). There will be limited places and they will be open to WTT members only. Proceeds will support our habitat improvement project work.

Reserve the date in your diary – 3 and 4 November 2018 – and watch out for the email in September to book your place (you will need to have  ‘opted in’  to emails from the WTT to receive the email).

Sunday, 8th July 2018

There are several events we'd like to draw your attention to over the next few weeks in Yorkshire. 

The Great Yorkshire Show is this week (10-12th July) and as there is very little water in the rivers, why not pop along and see Jonny in the Salmon & Trout West Yorkshire Branch marquee. There will be opportunities for casting, riverfly samples and fly-tying demos, a river table to play with, as well as the opportunity to chew the fat re river habitat or get some advice for your local water if it needs a bit of TLC.

The following are workshops open to all, funded by Yorkshire Water under their Biodiversity Enhancement Fund. If you'd like to attend, please email Jonny (jgrey@wildtrout.org):-

On the 14th July, Jonny will be coordinating a small beck restoration workshop in partnership with Skipton Angling Association at Embsay Reservoir. 

Then, on the 17-18th July, in partnership with Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, he will be installing woody deflectors and installing brash bank protection on the Cock Beck (a Wharfe trib),

Friday, 29th June 2018

The West Sutherland Fisheries Trust is teaming up with several partners to continue its excellent work studying the movements of sea trout in Loch Laxford. BUT the project needs your help: you can donate, adopt a sea trout, report any tagged, rod-caught trout from the Loch, or even all three!

For more information, click here

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