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Tuesday, 19th June 2018

WTT’s annual fundraiser at Meon Springs Trout Fishery in Hampshire was held last weekend, 16 June, fished by 46 rods and raising over £7000.

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The day is brilliantly organised by WTT volunteer, Neil Mundy and all the staff at the fishery. Behind the scenes, two Mrs Mundys (only one is Neil’s wife) keep the books, WTT supporters Phil Marr and Mark Roberts are respectively the excellent silver trophy makers and fly tyers for the day and the ultimate prize is a top-notch rod kindly donated by Sage; the John Lewis Partnership FFC continues to provide vital sponsorship. Thank you all. The Meon Springs Long Barn (our lunch venue) is a place not to be missed.

 

 

 

The 3 Fly is held in memory of Pasco James, a young man mad on his fishing and his local river, the Meon and we are blessed that Pasco’s mum, Harriet Poland, presents the prizes. It’s really fitting that this day helps to keep our Assistant Conservation Officer, Ed Eley, in post, doing and learning about practical wild trout conservation work.

The 2018 3 Fly winner was avid WTT supporter, Ron Wilder, the ace fisher formerly known as Two Rods Ron, pictured here with Harriet. 

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We’ve already got 2019’s 3 Fly in mind for Saturday 15 June; do join us, it is a great, great event.

Tuesday, 19th June 2018

The inaugural World Fishing Day, 23 June 2018, is only days away, with 24 hours of angling from around the globe streamed live on the Fishing TV channel.

WTT has teamed up with Chalkstream Fly, makers of the excellent film, Chalk, to produce a short piece on WTT’s work that will be shown during the day and one of WTT’s Trout in the Town champions and tenkara guru, Paul Gaskell, is in Japan for a week, including live filming on the day. Paul is included amongst the event’s ambassadors, alongside many other WTT supporters, including our Vice-President, Matthew Wright; they’re sure to weave WTT’s conservation messages into their fishing tales.

Lots more on World Fishing Day at https://www.worldfishingday.com

 

Wednesday, 6th June 2018

WTT Conservation Officer Rob Mungovan has received a 30 year service award from the RSPB for voluntary work at Fowlmere Nature Reserve. 

Rob said, “Getting involved with voluntary work has taught me loads from habitat management to how lead people of different abilities. And, it was at Fowlmere Nature Reserve that I first started cutting river weed and continue to this day.”

Rob is an all round ecologist who brings huge depth of knowledge to the WTT team in his role as Conservation Officer for East Anglia and Central England. He started volunteering at a very early age !

Rob Mungovan receives his award from the RSPB

Friday, 1st June 2018

Listen to this excellent podcast with journalist Andrew Griffiths and WTT Conservation Officer Tim Jacklin talking about ‘Letting the Dive Flow’ in the Derbyshire Peak District. 

Letting the Dove Flow is a partnership project led by the National Trust to re-naturalise the river and restore habitat in Dovedale in the Peak District National Park. Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer Tim Jacklin is responsible for delivering the project which includes removing some of the 177 weirs installed in the 1920s.

Click here for more information about the impact of weirs.

 

 

Wednesday, 16th May 2018

The Haddon Estate, through its Peacock Fly Fishing Club, has kindly offered its fisheries on 14 & 15 July this year, as a fundraising weekend for WTT. This is an excellent opportunity to fish for wild browns, wild rainbows and grayling across four rivers including areas usually only open to the Peacock Fly Fishing Club members.

The Estate ceased stocking on the Wye, Lathkill and Bradford in 2004 and since then, has operated a thriving, catch & release wild fishery with strictly bankside, dry-fly only fishing. Nymph fishing and wading are permitted on the River Derwent section. If required, advice will be available from local guides to help you get the best out of your day. To find out more about the Peacock Fly Fishing Club, how the Estate’s fisheries are managed and what they offer, you are invited to join the river keepers for a BBQ at lunchtime (at no extra cost).

A limited number of rods are available at £50 per rod per day so do book soon.

You can book through our shop, just click HERE

or, contact Christina in the WTT office via: office@wildtrout.org / 023 9257 0985.

 

Monday, 14th May 2018

A big thank you to Richard Fieldhouse of Barbless Flies for a donation of £500 to the Wild Trout Trust  - and to all of his customers who chose the ‘minimum packaging’ option which results in 50p per order going to the WTT.  This is a real win for the environment – less plastic, easier catch and release and funds for habitat improvement!

Barbless flies have just launched a new website to help you select the right fly in the right place at the right time. GEO-Intelligent Fly Selection is a new FREE web service:  www.which-fly.co.uk

We've all been there - you get to the water’s edge and just tie on the same fly which worked the last time you were out - hoping that the fish will still be interested. Well, how about using a little bit of modern technology to help you decide which fly to use?

With that exact scenario in mind, Barbless Flies have been working on a project for the last 8 months and after extensive user testing, it's finally ready to release. It's a website (accessible on any device) which shows you which flies should be hatching on your river (or stillwater) based on your location, date and time of day. It retrieves all of these details automatically from your phone/tablet/computer and then references them against a database behind the scenes, to display:

  • Insects which should be hatching at that time of day, for that month, in your location (for both rivers and stillwaters)
  • For each insect it gives you details of the fly imitation to use, including hook sizes and photos
  • You even get the option to have the results emailed to you

The website is being launched with the support of the Wild Trout Trust, as Barbless Flies assist with best practice catch and release. The service covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern & Southern Ireland, and best of all, it's free of charge (with no annoying adverts)!

Using your phone, tablet or computer, just access www.which-fly.co.uk this will take you to the website (if asked to share your location, please accept - don't worry, no personal or location details are stored and your location is only used to reference which flies will be hatching in your local area).

 

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

WTT attended a seminar by S&TC Cymru in Builth Wells in early April which highlighted issues around mega-dairy units in west Wales and intensive poultry rearing towards the east of the country. The impacts on Wales’ rivers and their really important trout stocks is headlined in official data on the number of pollutions reported: around 1.5 significant events per week and a Category 1 or 2 event (the most serious episodes, killing fish) about every other week.
The number of sanctions imposed by Natural Resources Wales suggests that the desperately under-resourced regulator is doing little effective regulation.

The Brecon and Radnor branch of The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) has set up a petition to try to encourage a debate in the Senedd. A target of 5000 signatures is sought by 22 May; the petition is open to those non-resident in Wales but who care for its environment, including its precious rivers and their trout.

More information here http://www.brecon-and-radnor-cprw.wales/ with the petition here http://brecon-and-radnor-cprw.wales/ipu-petition

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

The Environment Agency’s Heb Leman has just circulated an update of river restoration work with fisheries on the Test and Itchen. It’s an excellent read, including tales from an 800m restoration project at Bossington and removal of some hatches on the Test at a site impounded possibly since the 15th century, revealing some extraordinary archaeology.

Click here to read the newsletter.  

Friday, 27th April 2018

WWF, the Angling Trust and the Rivers Trust have launched a new report called ‘Saving the Earth’ which highlights the damage being done to soil by farming. We are losing soil from the land at ten times the rate it is being replaced and too much soil is ending up in our rivers, causing huge damage to wildlife.  The report highlights the need to focus both payments to farmers and enforcement efforts on preserving our soils to ensure future food production and healthy rivers.

Tony Juniper said:

'Healthy soil is vital for our national security, yet we continue to cause immense damage to it, not only threatening our long term food supply but also harming our rivers and wildlife. None of this is inevitable though. We could have a farming system that restores soils and wildlife, while at the same time stopping agricultural run-off polluting our rivers. To do this we need not only the right legislation, however, but also robust enforcement and proper advice for farmers, otherwise new policies simply won’t work. The good news is that this will cost only about 10 million pounds a year.'

Link to the report is here and the WWF press release here

Friday, 27th April 2018

Side Stream Reflections. Further Meanderings of a Chalk Stream River Keeper by the late Ron Holloway is now available to buy on eBay. Price £9.99 plus £2.90 postage.

This is a book of the collected writings of Ron Holloway, one of the inspirational founding fathers of the Wild Trout Trust. Ron was a leading thinker and practitioner of fishing and trout management who influenced a generation of river keepers and fishery owners. This book is published posthumously by his good friend, David Hamnett. Profits from the sale of the book (approx. £5 per book) are donated to the Wild Trout Trust.

David says: 

'It is my great privilege to bring Ron Holloway’s manuscript to publication. He was perhaps the wisest, best-informed and most insightful fisherman I have ever had the pleasure to spend time with in or out of the water. The text I present to you here is replete with good counsel on a great many matters relevant to the preservation of our waterways and the fish that inhabit them – and is the meanderings of a skilled and thoughtful fisherman, which may just help you secure that catch of a lifetime. I recommend it you.'

 
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