New footage of trout alevins

Posted on January 09, 2013

Over the next few months, the WTT team will be finding, filming and producing a sequence of footage documenting the lifecycle of trout. The footage will be used in a series of conservation films. For now, tasters of this footage can be seen in the Trout in the Town blog. To see the first film in this sequence, click here.

John Goddard

Posted on December 29, 2012

It is with great sadness that we report the death of John Goddard, one of fly-fishing’s towering figures and the pre-eminent angling entomologist of his day. He died on Boxing Day at the age of 89.

John, a staunch supporter of the Wild Trout Trust, wrote a dozen books, most of them with an entomological bent. His reputation was established with Trout Fly Recognition (1966) and then Trout Flies of Stillwater (1969). Trout Flies of Britain and Europe followed in 1991. The artificial flies he designed and revealed in these books and in the hundreds of articles he wrote for magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, were used by anglers throughout the world. His most famous pattern was probably the G and H Sedge, a virtually unsinkable deer-hair pattern devised with Cliff Henry, with whom he collaborated in his early researches.

John’s most widely-publicised book was probably The Trout and the Fly (1980), written with his long-time friend Brian Clarke, former President of the WTT. This book concentrated as much on the fish in the water as the angler on the bank and was a worldwide success. The Sunday Times Colour Magazine devoted seven pages to it in the week it was published. A 50-minute documentary on BBC-2 followed two days later. The New York Times picked it as one of its books of the year.  The work is still in print in many countries, 32 years on.

Tenkara USA Donation

Posted on December 27, 2012


During December, Tenkara USA ran a special offer on the Iwana rod. For each rod that sold in the UK,   Tenkara USA donated $50 to the Wild Trout Trust. The offer has now closed and Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA has just donated £475 to the WTT.

Many thanks to Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA and to all those in the UK who purchased the Iwana rod in December under the special offer.   

'How to' videos now available

Posted on December 27, 2012

The WTT has teamed up with professional film makers Fish On Productions to make a series of short videos that illustrate techniques for habitat management and habitat improvement, along with advice on getting permission to carry out the work, working safely and assessing risk. 

The first set of videos is now available in the library - click here to view them. 

Raffle Draw Results

Posted on December 14, 2012


The annual Wild Trout Trust raffle was drawn on Tuesday 11th December at the Thomas Lord in West Meon.

The winners are:

Changes to the Wye and Usk Passport Voucher Scheme

Posted on December 12, 2012


The Wye and Usk Foundation have announced changes to their voucher based wild trout fishing. In his recent newsletter, Stephen Marsh -Smith outlined the reasons for the change:

‘The Roving Voucher scheme was something we pioneered in the late 90’s to make more wild trout fishing available and at the same time provide an incentive for the farmers who own these stretches to look after and value them. In the early days we received project funding to expand the scheme as it brought visitors to the area. It enjoyed considerable early success and has been replicated across many other parts of England and Wales.

Three-Fly Challenge 2013

Posted on November 29, 2012

The 2013 Three-Fly Challenge will take place on 22 June at Meon Springs Fishery in Hampshire. The closing date for entries is 15 June. Click here to download full details and how to enter.

Moray Firth Trout Initiative (MFTI) wins Heritage Lottery Support

Posted on November 23, 2012

The Moray Firth Trout Initiative (MFTI) has received a grant of £56,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The MFTI is an exciting new project that aims to protect the future of Moray Firth Trout populations and the communities that depend on them through education and conservation. The project will be administered by the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust

The Moray Firth Trout Initiative (MFTI) is a partnership project that will work with local Fisheries Trusts, District Salmon Fishery Boards and Community Angling Associations to protect this species through environmental education and the conservation of trout populations and habitat.

Brown trout and sea trout are both the same species, Salmo trutta, and are highly adaptable, found from highland hill lochs down through major rivers and streams to coastal estuaries and out to sea. However their broad distribution and diverse life history exposes them to extensive threats from changing land use practices in their freshwater habitat to environmental changes and declining food supplies at sea. Although, sea trout catches are known to be falling in many regions in Scotland, very little is known about how our brown trout populations are faring. This is particularly prevalent in the Moray Firth where there has been a 42% decline in the average sea trout rod and line catch over the last 10 years. In 2011 the Moray Firth Rod and line catch of sea trout was the second lowest year on record (1952-2011)1. This worrying trend is threatening local Angling Associations and Clubs that have traditionally relied on sea trout fishing to attract members and visiting anglers.

National Angling Strategy published

Posted on November 17, 2012

The Angling Trust has published a National Angling Strategy. The strategy, called 'Fishing for Life' , aims to find ways of overcoming barriers to increasing the number and diversity of anglers and maximising the benefits to society from people going fishing.

The results of the National Angling Survey, completed by 29,000 anglers, have also been published. 

Full details are available on the Angling Trust's website here

WTT website grows

Posted on November 14, 2012

The WTT website is continually growing and updated almost daily.

Our aim is for this site is for it to be the online authority on wild brown trout & wild brown trout conservation. The first of a series of pages that are being constructed is the Ferox page, describing the biology of this huge predatory trout. The page has been reviewed by experts, as all of our pages will be, and can be viewed by clicking here


Habitat DVD now available

Posted on November 14, 2012

Rivers: Working for Wild Trout A film about improving wild trout habitat in rivers now available! 

Just released ! A 70 minute film feature that follows WTT Vice President and journalist Jon Beer as he visits three very different rivers in England in the company of Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officers Andy Thomas, Tim Jacklin and Paul Gaskell.The film graphically illustrates the challenges of managing river habitat for wild trout, with examples of good and poor habitat and practical demonstrations of habitat improvement. Additional sections of film cover key topics in greater depth, as appendices and expert forums. The rivers featured are the River Meon in Hampshire, Rivers Dove and Manifold in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and the River Don as it flows through the centre of Sheffield.To purchase a copy of the DVD (£10), click here.

Watch the highlights below:   

Major project completed on the River Glaven

Posted on November 14, 2012


Tim Jacklin has recently completed a major river restoration project at Glandford Mill on the River Glaven in North Norfolk. 

The project involved creating a new meandering river channel through the bed of a former mill pond. The second phase of the project will install a fish and eel pass at the mill sluice, enabling trout, sea trout and eels to access the newly-created habitat upstream of the Mill and beyond.

This work was funded by the Environment Agency as part of the East Anglian Sea Trout Project.  The new river channel was designed by Professor Richard Hey and the works carried out by West Dereham Plant Ltd.

The video below shows a time lapse film of the creation of the new channel. 





ARRT Rivers Catchment Plan Event

Posted on November 12, 2012

This event is being delivered in partnership with the Arun and Rother Connections Partnership (ARC) and theSouth Downs National Park Authority on 6 December at Pulborough Village Hall RH20 2BF - there are 2 sessions to choose from, either 2pm to 5pm (afternoon tea provided), or 6pm to 9pm (light supper provided).

Click here to download full details

EAA and EFTTA Hydropower campaign launched

Posted on November 08, 2012

The European Anglers Alliance in collaboration with the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association have released a new video to inform people about the impacts of small hydro schemes.

Click here to see the video. 

Major study links wild salmon mortality to salmon aquaculture

Posted on November 08, 2012

The study, titled 'Impact of parasites on salmon recruitment in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean' used groups of tagged fish, 1 group treated with parasiticides and another group without to investigate the effects of parasites on survival. 

The results provide experimental evidence that parasites, even in a large marine ecosystem,  can have large impacts on fish recruitment, fisheries and conservation.

As the crustaceans were probably acquired during early marine migration in areas that host large aquaculture populations of domesticated salmon, which elevate local abundances of parasites; there is strong reason to believe that cage salmon aquaculture is affecting the mortality of wild salmon populations. The authors concluded that parasites may account for between 18 to 55% of adult salmon in the Northeast Atlantic.