Wild trout in the Nidd

On the blog in October 2020, our Research & Conservation Officer in the North, Jonny Grey, posted a summary of the development of projects with Nidderdale Angling Club on the R Nidd near Pateley Bridge. A WTT Advisory Visit in 2011 sat on the shelf for a while but was dusted off and updated (via Jonny) in 2018. This catalysed a series of funding bids, changes in management, and practical work, ceasing stocking and instead ploughing money into helping the wild fish.

The boosts in production of wild, young of year trout in two tributaries of club waters were achieved through fairly simple measures. Electric fishing monitoring of the tributaries, and new online catch returns developed by the club, all point to improved fishing for members.

The Angling Trust have showcased the work in a lovely little film, released this week.