WTT Carrying Right On

Posted on March 15, 2020

WTT Carrying Right On

We at WTT are planning to carry on as best we can, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. We believe that our advisory visits and our practical work, with appropriate hygiene measures and risk assessment in place, can still continue, at least for now, so please don’t hesitate to contact your local Conservation Officer for our help; details here.It may well be that the river bank is a good place to be while this crisis rages!

Butts Brewery

Posted on March 13, 2020

Annually, we receive a lovely donation from Butts Brewery near Hungerford, arising from the 5p they give us for each bottle of Barbus barbus beer that they sell. Each year, we turn that donation into something useful: bionic waders, chainsaws. This year, the £290 Butts donation will buy our Conservation Officers two (and a half) licences for an online mapping tool, to help them plan practical river improvement projects.

Thank you all at Butts. Check out all their organic beers, including their splendid Barbus, at

Wild Trout Fly Fishing Weekend in Devon, 2-3 May 2020

Posted on March 04, 2020

Wild Trout Fly Fishing Weekend in Devon, 2-3 May 2020

The Arundell Arms hotel in Devon is one of the UK’s premier fishing hotels, with 20 miles of private fishing on the River Tamar and its tributaries. They are running a friendly and social weekend of fly fishing for wild trout with dinner and accommodation, aimed at Wild Trout Trust members and supporters. Your host is David Pilkington, the hotel’s senior fly fishing instructor. Join David for dinner and take advantage of his 50+ years’ fly fishing experience. Stay for two nights, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2020, for £295 per person. The price includes two days fishing and dinner each evening, plus room and breakfast.

The hotel will donate £20 per person to the Wild Trout Trust.

For more information and to book your place, contact or ring 01566 784666

Salmon and sea trout tracking co-ordinator role for AST

Posted on March 04, 2020

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is looking to appoint a salmon and sea trout tracking co-ordinator to stimulate, develop, and where appropriate, manage fish telemetry projects and associated teams so that we may gain a better understanding of fish movements and their survival. In addition, the role will also involve informing technical and non-technical audiences about the work being undertaken by the Trust.

Based at the Trust’s main office at Battleby, near Perth, Scotland. Full time.Closing date 24 March 2020.

More details here.

Interesting job for Fisheries Management Scotland

Posted on February 28, 2020

Fisheries Management Scotland is seeking an Aquaculture Interactions Manager, “…to develop and maintain professional engagement with the aquaculture industry to support the production of environmental management plans (or successor arrangements) and monitoring strategies to understand and address any local impacts on wild salmonid fish”. Further details at

Brown trout or sea trout?

Posted on February 26, 2020

Brown trout or sea trout?

WTT members will have seen an article in the Autumn newsletter describing how to tell the difference between a brown trout and a sea trout. They are the same species, but with different life strategies and telling them apart is not as easy as you might think.

You can read the article here.

Paul Kenyon of Snowbee and Fly Fishing Devon has taken the question further in this interesting web page .Another interesting article on the remarkable flexibility of trout and their migration habitats will appear in our journal, Salmo Trutta, which will be sent to members in early May.(You can join as a member here.)

Underwater videos of trout

Posted on February 25, 2020

Thanks to Chris Conroy of the Ness Fisheries Board, we now have a great collection of very high quality underwater videos of trout (and the occasional salmon) on our YouTube channel.

We will be embedding these videos on various 'About Trout' pages on this website in due course. One example is below, but you can view all of them here. 

River Otter Beaver Trial final report

Posted on February 14, 2020

River Otter Beaver Trial final report

Beavers have been breeding on the River Otter in Devon since at least 2015 and have been the subject of intensive study to understand their impacts. The River Otter Beaver Trial Science and Evidence Report has now been published and is available to download here.

Mike Blackmore, formerly WTT Conservation Officer and now working for the Wessex Rivers Trust, sat on the Fisheries Forum for the beaver trial and wrote this article for our journal, Salmo Trutta, in 2019.

More information, including the WTT position paper on beaver-trout interactions, is available on the ‘Predators and Beavers’ library page on our website. The summary paper includes a matrix of postive and negative effects of beaver activity on trout.The Wild Trout Trust position on beavers can be summarised as:

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

Posted on February 13, 2020

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

The judging team agreed that the Living Heritage of the Don project reflected the innovative nature of contemporary urban river restoration, with its blend of technical excellence, partnership working, community engagement, long-term monitoring, and above all fish passage improvement - so that salmon are now reappearing in the post-industrial heart of Sheffield after an absence of 200 years.

The project has received a £2500 donation from the Fario Club supported by Peter Ahluwalia Bellinvest Global Equity Fund together with a sculpture of a kingfisher, the river watcher, cast by reknowed bird sculptor Paul Harvey.

Click here for the full Press Release with details of all the finalists.

EA Report - how your rod licence money is spent

Posted on February 11, 2020

The Environment Agency have published their Fisheries Annual Report for 2018-19 which includes a breakdown of rod licence funding and how that money is spent. Also included are maps of the status of salmon and sea trout rivers for 2019 and the locations of Fisheries Improvement Fund projects.

The Wild Trout Trust is mentioned in the report as some of our work is funded by the rod licence. For a more complete summary of our work in 2018-19, see our annual report here.

Consultation on the Yorkshire and NE coast drift net sea trout fishery

Posted on February 09, 2020

Consultation on the Yorkshire and NE coast drift net sea trout fishery

The EA are running a consultation on whether to extend the season for the Yorkshire and NE coast net sea trout fishery. We would encourage everyone to respond to preserve our sea trout stocks. The consultation closes 21 February 2020.EA consultation details are here.

There are supporting documents which you can download, and the survey can be submitted online or using this document. It is very short – essentially one question.

Our full response is here. This is the first paragraph of our response:

British Fly Fair International - visit us!

Posted on February 06, 2020

Come and visit our stand at the BFFI this weekend. We will be selling some flies tied by the late, great Malcolm Greenhalgh and donated to us by his widow Yvonne. Malcolm was Vice President of the Wild Trout Trust and loved wild trout. 

Suggested minimum donation £10 per pack of flies.

Fishing available

Posted on February 05, 2020

Fishing available

Fishing available:

A number of clubs and fishery owners have contacted us to say that they have fishing available for the coming season:

River Lambourn at Hunts Green near Newbury. Contact Bruce Wheeler on 07950 046696Taw Fishing Club in mid Devon. Ideally local members willing to get involved in river management. Contact info@tawfishingclub.orgRiver Itchen at Easton/Kingsworthy. Contact Usk (lower river). ISCA Angling Club – salmon and trout fishing. sec.isca@gmail.comWiltshire Avon on Salisbury Plain, email: chisenburyfishing@outlook.comRivers Dove,Churnet and Bentley Brook. Leek and District Fly Fishing Association.

Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust CEO

Posted on February 04, 2020

We are very sorry to hear that Martijn Antheunisse, CEO of the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust, will be leaving the Trust to return to the Netherlands with his family. His skills and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.

The Trust is recruiting a new CEO. Details are here:

Closing date 3 March, interviews will take place w/c 16 March.