WTT 3 Fly fundraising fishing competition, 15 June 2019

Posted on April 29, 2019

WTT 3 Fly fundraising fishing competition, 15 June 2019

There’s still space to join WTT’s 10th 3 Fly fundraising day at Meon Springs Trout Fishery in Hampshire on 15 June. This is a terrific day of fishing and great fun with friends, all in support of WTT. It’s a points-based competition, playing for the top prizes of Sage rods and trophies. Tickets cost £100 for the day, including breakfast, drinks through the day, an excellent lunch and afternoon tea and cakes.

The day commemorates Pasco James, a young man who adored the river Meon and this fishery, who tragically died far too young, in 2010.

Book through the Meon Springs website; go to the ‘Events’ tab.

Bad & good news: Mike Blackmore’s migrating…

Posted on April 26, 2019

Bad & good news: Mike Blackmore’s migrating…

We at WTT are sad to report that Mike Blackmore is leaving us, ending his time as our Conservation Officer in the south west. But the good news is that he’s not migrating far, joining the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust as their Head of Project Delivery and Mike’s move will surely strengthen still further the excellent existing partnership between the two trusts.

Mike joined WTT in the spring of 2012 and he has done a simply brilliant job for us, expanding hugely what we do in the south west, with a host of partners who’ve become firm friends. Perhaps most outstanding has been the sheer amount of work Mike’s done in the river; he holds certainly a WTT record (maybe even a world record, who knows) for the most practical days in the river in one calendar month: 21 days in October 2015. He’s contributed massively to making a great many river reaches much better places for their trout and all manner of wildlife and he’s been a fantastic member of the WTT pack.

Mike will finish formally with us at the end of July 2019 but through the autumn will deliver a number of projects that he’s currently got on his books, wearing both his trusty WTT and shiny, new WCSRT hats.

Wild trout conservation and fisheries revival in Wester Ross

Posted on April 25, 2019

A workshop (supported by the WTT) is taking place in the Kinlochewe Village Hall, 30th April 2019, 10am – 4pm. The workshop objective is to review new information and objectives for both the conservation of wild trout diversity and the revival and management of once prolific trout fisheries in Wester Ross and the Isle of Skye.

More information is available here.

The River Restoration Centre, based at Cranfield University, are recruiting!

Posted on April 18, 2019

The RRC are looking for a Science and Technical Officer to lead their involvement in a Citizen Science EU Horizon 2020 project and to participate in the development of tools and techniques for river restoration. The main responsibility is the coordination of a series of river restoration and citizen science case studies across four countries. This will involve communicating, travelling and undertaking the design and implementation of survey tools and techniques in the UK, Italy, Romania and Hungary.

More details here.

Mike Weaver Headlines Dartmoor

Posted on April 10, 2019

WTT returns for its annual gathering to the Dartmoor Training Centre, near Yelverton in Devon on the weekend of 18 & 19 May 2019. We are absolutely delighted that our Saturday of talks is headlined by WTT founder and genuine wild trout legend, Mike Weaver, reflecting on 70-odd years of trout fishing, including in his beloved westcountry rivers.

Click below for full details

Monnow Rivers Association Auction

Posted on April 08, 2019

The Monnow Rivers Association is currently running its annual fundraising auction, seeking to gather invaluable dosh for Himalayan balsam and mink control programmes. 

After 10 years and some 13,000 hours of volunteer work, they’ve nearly nailed HB in the entire catchment. 

Support this great cause; lot list is available, here, with regular updates of the biddingAlternatively, the lot list is available as a PDF.

WTT Conservation Awards 2019

Posted on March 29, 2019

If you’re doing work for our rivers and their trout, we want to hear and tell about it. Apply now for the WTT Conservation Awards 2019 – click here for an information sheet and here for the application form. 

We’re looking for practical improvement projects of all sizes (could be a big-scale river restoration project, a weir removal or small-scale but highly effective improvement of an angling club water) and we’re keen to recognise broader work for our rivers and their trout, for example how an angling club is changing for the better how it manages its fishing and its anglers.

The application form is simple and easy to complete; if we like what we see, we’ll arrange a judges’ interview to discuss your work with you in more detail, before announcing our winners at the Awards’ ceremony in London on 16 October 2019. During this evening, we’ll ask you to tell our audience about your work and give you the opportunity to display your project through a poster and/or fliers for guests to take away.

Cheriton Stream Enhancement - EA Partnership Project

Posted on March 05, 2019

Cheriton Stream Enhancement - EA Partnership Project

The Cheriton Stream is widely recognised as the primary headwater of the River Itchen in Hampshire. This section of river was one of the country’s first ever Wild Fishery Protection Zones, where no stocking is permitted by the Environment Agency. It is crucial therefore, that habitat quality is good enough to support a healthy and vibrant wild trout population. Unfortunately, historic channel modifications, coupled with excessive grazing pressures, has left a wide, uniform and very shallow river channel.

Following a successful project delivered by the WTT further downstream last year, the Environment Agency have funded a further phase of work at the very top of the Tichborne fishery. This fishery is managed by the Tichborne Fly Fishers and volunteers from the club, led by WTT Conservation Officer Andy Thomas, have been busy improving a 100m section of channel to create enhanced habitat for all the life stages of brown trout, as well as providing improved cover for native white clawed crayfish.

Derbyshire Wye Trout Fishing Weekend for WTT Members

Posted on February 16, 2019

Derbyshire Wye Trout Fishing Weekend for WTT Members

The Haddon Estate, through its Peacock Fly Fishing Club, has kindly offered access to its fisheries again as a fundraising and social event for WTT, on 20th and 21st July 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to fish for wild brown, wild rainbow and grayling across four rivers including areas usually only available to club members. The Estate ceased stocking its waters on the Wye, Lathkill and Bradford in 2004 and since then, has operated a thriving, catch & release wild fishery. The Lathkill, Wye and Bradford are strictly bankside fishing and dry-fly only, but on the River Derwent, nymph fishing and wading are permitted. Local advice will be available 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 meet the river keepers for a chat and BBQ (at no extra cost).

A limited number of rods are available to WTT members at a cost of £50 per rod per day, so do book soon. Contact Christina in the WTT office via: office@​wildtrout.​org / 023 9257 0985. 

Not a member ? You can join here.

Coarse Fish Close Season in England

Posted on February 07, 2019

The EA in England is consulting on the coarse fish close season, seeking views on continuation of the current close season, shifting it to 15 April to 30 June or its abolition.

We at WTT have responded (a copy of that response HERE).

We are recommending maintenance of the status quo i.e. a close season on rivers and some canals and stillwaters from 15 March to 15 June: not perfect but practical and protects most species, most of the time. We believe that rivers and their wildlife need a break and thus do not support the abolition of the close season. We do not believe that the close season should be moved, to protect coarse fish spawners, especially in the light of predicted climate change and likely earlier shifting spawning times and because of the risk to salmonids (juveniles and adults) that are feeding hard as the river wakes up and are vulnerable to capture and mortality from bait fishing.

Sponsor tracking a salmon smolt on the Tweed

Posted on February 06, 2019

Sponsor tracking a salmon smolt on the Tweed

In effort to maximise the number of salmon smolts that reach the sea, the Tweed Foundation will be using acoustic tracking to answer some key questions:  

  • How many smolts make it to sea
  • How barriers in the river prevent smolts from completing their journey downstream
  • Where smolts get lost in our river system
  • How river levels affect the smooth passage of our smolts’ journey out to sea

If you would like to support this research by sponsoring an acoustic tracker, contact the Tweed Foundation. 

Eradicating mink consultation

Posted on January 31, 2019

Eradicating mink consultation

Views and advice are sought by a group of conservationists on whether a programme to eradicate mink from the island of Great Britain is feasible or desireable.

They say:

Mink were imported to Britain for fur farming and are now widely established in the wild. Voracious predators, they can be especially damaging to water vole populations, and have consequently been controlled across the country for years. Eradication, i.e. the removal of every single mink, has long been discussed, but previously was considered too difficult, too expensive, or both. Developments over recent years may have changed that picture, however, perhaps bringing the prospect of a mink-free GB into reach, and we believe the time is right to re-assess the situation.

Stuart Crofts caddis fly courses and a new book

Posted on January 21, 2019

Stuart Crofts caddis fly courses and a new book

News from WTT friend and ace bug-man, Stuart Crofts: 

1. Entomology courses at the Freshwater Biological Association (Windermere)

    Adult Caddisfly Identification Workshop (new for 2019) with Stuart Crofts: Saturday April 27th 2019