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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

Friday, 29th June 2018

Whilst the southern chalk streams are enjoying good flows at this time thanks to a wet winter and spring, many rain- fed rivers are approaching record low levels; low water levels plus hot sunshine means high water temperatures and low oxygen levels. Once the water temperature reaches 20-21C, our native brown trout start to struggle.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

WTT Conservation Officer Mike Blackmore is looking for volunteers to help with a river restoration project on the River Avon at Amesbury in Wiltshire.This is a great opportunity to make a real difference for wildlife as well as learn about river habitat restroration and have some fund with a great team of people.

If you have any time available between 30 July and 10 August and would like to help, please contact Mike.

Email: mblackmore@wildtrout.org Tel. 07881 248 789 Tweet: @blackyhimself

The project is a partnership between Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust, Wild Trout Trust, the Environment Agency and local anglers. The aim is to improve habitat for the plants, invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals that call our rare chalk streams home.

 

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

The WTT Conservation Awards 2018 seek to recognise river improvement projects at all scales, from the huge to the end-of-garden stuff; more information and application form HERE. The application process is simple and is followed by an informal phone discussion with our judges, before a special and great fun Awards’ evening in London on 17 October 2018.

We’re also on the look-out for nominations for our Wild Trout Hero 2018 – if you know someone who’s gone that extra mile for wild trout, please let us know.

Entries for this year’s Awards are welcome until 30 July 2018, by e-mail to office@wildtrout.org. If you’d like advice or a chat about your project, please call the WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, on 07974 861908.  

Monday, 25th June 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.

 

Friday, 22nd June 2018

Patagonia have produced a film highlighting the plight of some very special rivers in the Balkans, currently being dammed (damned?) for hydropower, with thousands more schemes planned. This will be an absolute disaster for these rivers, their unique fish and wildlife communities and their people.

The film trailer is here and, very importantly, you can support a campaign against the damming by signing the petition urging international banks to stop investing in the destruction of Europe’s last wild rivers. This will be handed into international banks by the end of June, so no time to waste. 

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.

3 fly meon springs 2018

 

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

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