Tuesday, 4th July 2017

Visit the Rhug country fair this weekend (7/8 July) and meet Noel Hulmston, who has a stand at the fair.
Noel is a fishing guide and a much valued supporter of the Wild Trout Trust. 

Rhug is between Wrexham and Bala. Full details here.

Monday, 3rd July 2017

The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) announces with great sadness, the passing of our founder and Chairman Mr. Orri Vigfússon. 

Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland's national hospital in Reyjavik on July 1st 2017 only nine short of his 75th birthday. Mr. Vigfússon has for 27 years, tirelessly fought for the survival and restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon through the North Atlantic Salmon Fund earning him the admiration days and respect of environmentalists all over the world.  He was recognised internationally for his vital conservation work and was awarded with numerous distinguished awards.  He is survived by his wife Unnur Kristinsdóttir, 2 children and 3 granddaughters.

The North Atlantic Salmon Fund, NASF, is an international coalition of voluntary private sector conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance.

Orri was a tireless campaigner for Atlantic salmon, and a great firend to the WTT. We will miss him.


Wednesday, 28th June 2017

You have until 28 July 2017 to submit your application for the WTT Conservation Awards 2017, supported by Thames Water.

These prestigious awards are in three categories of small, medium and large-scale projects, with a splendid trophy and the adulation of your peers for all categories, plus a £1000 cheque for each winner of the small and medium-scale projects. The Awards ceremony, a great fun evening, is in London on 17 October.

The application process is slick, with the form quick and easy to complete; short-listed applicants will face a subsequent ‘phone interview with the judges, made up of staff from WTT and the River Restoration Centre. 

If you have a project that has made a real difference to a river and its wild trout, we’d love to hear about it:

Sunday, 18th June 2017

Now in it's eight successful year, the 3-Fly competition organised by Neil Mundy goes from strength to strength. This year an amazing £6850 was raised in aid of the Wild Trout Trust.

The venue for was, as usual, Meon Springs Trout Fishery in Hampshire, who host the day with exceptional professionalism: lots of fish (even on a roasting, sunny day) and an absolutely perfect venue for stillwater fishing and for lots of socialising.

For the second year running  the overall competition winner was  Neil Mundy. Neil took away a splendid trophy and a new rod, very kindly donated by Sage.

Tremendous thanks to Neil and the gentlemen who compete, along with the Meon Springs Fishery, Keith Pulton who ties the 300 flies for the competition and Mrs Mundy (x2)  who organise the raffle. 

The money raised goes to the Pasco James fund which has paid for many projects on the River Meon, and will now be used to help fund a graduate post with the Wild Trout Trout Trust. 







Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Asa White, a PhD student at the University of Brighton researching the impact of watercress farming on fish, needs some help electric fishing in the River Crane, Dorset this coming weekend, 17 & 18 June.
No previous experience is needed as Asa will train volunteers.
A lift from Brighton or Hastings is a possibility, as is a pitch on a nearby campsite. If you’re keen, contact Asa on or 07738 056114. 

More on Asa’s project on the WTT website here.


Tuesday, 6th June 2017

In 2016 Wild Trout Trust were approached by the Deveron, Bogey and Isla Charitable Rivers Trust (DBICRT) to sit on the advisory panel for the development of their new fishery management plan, which is an honour that we duly accepted.

This role offers WTT a great opportunity to support the trust in conservation and promotion of wild trout in an area of Scotland where 'resident' trout have historically been considered a poor cousin (or worse) to migratory salmonids. Fortunately these views are not shared by the DBICRT and they take the conservation of all their native fish species very seriously.

Amongst the initiatives by the DBICRT to develop and improve of their fisheries, the trust wanted to reinvigorate their annual trout festival, an event in which a large number of beats on the River Deveron are made available for trout fishing for the weekend so that anglers can get affordable, easy access to the river, in exchange for providing the trust with length, weight and scale data for the fish that they catch.

This forms a great, alternative way to survey the fish stocks of a river and provides data on a component of the fish stocks that is often difficult to obtain through other means – it’s also a great fun and creates an interesting social event for like-minded anglers.

Deveron sea trout

A 58.5cm sea trout caught on a dry, size 14 large dark olive during the festival.


Deveron sea trout

A comparatively modest sized trout by Deveron standards, but a beautiful fish all the same – a dry olive upright did the business for this one.


As part of the event, the WTT were also invited to deliver an evening presentation on river habitat improvement and the work of the WTT, alongside another very interesting presentation on specimen trout angling from WTT Vice President Paul Proctor. 

Monday, 5th June 2017

Salary £15,000 + pension contribution, mileage expenses and holiday entitlement of 5 weeks/year; initial fixed-term, 12-month contract.

The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity dedicated to the practical conservation of the iconic brown trout, a living indicator of the health of the landscape around us. Find out more of what we do on this website

WTT works with anyone interested in the conservation of wild trout, rivers and their wildlife, including other NGOs, fishing clubs, farmers, riparian owners, community groups, academia and government agencies.

If you want to work in and learn about practical, hands-on river and wildlife conservation, especially for trout, this is your job: a brilliant opportunity for a graduate to join WTT as an Assistant Conservation Officer, working with our expert team. 


You will need to be a graduate of an appropriate discipline (e.g. biology, conservation, ecology, fisheries management), a self-starter mad keen to learn more about river and wildlife conservation, with some experience of the world of work, ideally in the conservation sector; you need to share our ethos and values. You must live in, or be willing to move into, Hampshire or Wiltshire to be close to your key contacts within WTT. You will also need to demonstrate practical aptitude for physical work in the river, excellent organisational and communication skills (oral and written), be strongly IT literate and demonstrate that you get on well with people. You will start on an initial fixed-term, 12-month contract, with a 3-month probationary period.  

Your role will be to assist (and learn from) our southern Conservation Officers, helping them with advisory visits to fishing clubs and landowners, subsequent report write-ups, practical projects to improve river habitat (including preparing permit applications), maintenance of WTT’s equipment and creating news items for our website and social media outlets. We’ll agree a professional development package with you, including, for example, training in chainsaws and First Aid.

What to do next?

Click here for the application form, equal opportunities policy and questionnaire and a detailed job description for this role.

Applicants should send an electronic copy of the completed application form, a copy of the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire and a short (one page) covering letter to WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, by email, to Please mark the subject line of your email with “ACO Job Application”.

Applications should reach us by 5pm on Thursday 29 June 2017. Interviews will be held on 18 July 2017, at a location in Hampshire or Wiltshire.     

Monday, 5th June 2017

Not content with just completing his PhD in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Glasgow as a part of the EU funded IBIS project, Martin Hughes has also recently founded Inspiring Ecology to meet the demands of local schools requesting opportiunities for ecological fieldwork and practical training. And next he's off to New South Wales to conduct outreach and community engagement.... streuth!

So, we are really glad that amongst all of this, he has managed to summarise the whole of his PhD on ferox, a fish he became instantly hooked upon, for us over on the WTT blog. Check out the further links to his other pages, papers and video....

Monday, 5th June 2017

We were extremely delighted to receive a generous donation ‘to support the Wild Trout Trust in its vital work’ from Bradford City Angling Association. They recently held an Open Day on the River Aire at Gargrave which was well attended by local clubs and their members, rivers trusts and associated organisations, and even one of the WTT Vice Presidents, Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Our very own Jonny Grey was on hand to demonstrate some of the sterling work that the BCAA Fly Section has been doing to reinstate and improve habitat along reaches of the Aire (in partnership with the Environment Agency and their local Fisheries Officer, Pete Turner, via the Fishery Improvement Programme).

Phil Bailey, the BCAA Fly Secretary, had done an excellent job of organising an interesting line up of fly-casting and fly-fishing demonstrations, for old and young kids alike! Thanks are due to Phil, to Jim Munden (the President), and to the rest of the very supportive BCAA Committee for considering us.    

Thursday, 1st June 2017

WTT supported an international Conference in Berwick in March 2017 that considered challenges to and management of salmon and sea trout smolts, organised by the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Tweed Foundation. Whilst much of the talk was on salmon, some papers considered sea trout and there was much to learn for us trout people from those papers whose focus was on salmon. Excellent videos of all the talks are now available through AST and the Tweed Foundation: Smolt Conference - All video presentations now available to view

Viewing is highly recommended. To highlight a few, Johan Hojesjo gave an interesting talk on sea trout in Scandinavia, one snippet from Swedish studies being that trout are genetically differentiated into fjord groupings, rather than by specific river, providing great adaptability for fish to be able to use any of the rivers flowing into a particular fjord. Catch the detail of sea trout smolts migrating downstream with roach, presumably to maximise chances of survival. Niall Gauld tracked sea trout smolts around Loch Linnhe and showed their propensity to stay within sea lochs, making them vulnerable to development in those lochs (e.g. salmon farms). Niels Jepsen spoke on the impact of cormorant predation on salmon smolts (and other fish) in Danish rivers, producing some incredible (and terrifying) figures on the scale of the impact. His studies have shown 70% losses of a smolt run at one (redundant) weir and the effect of cold winters, when freezing of shorelines and lakes pushes cormorants onto rivers – some of his video footage simply has to be seen to be believed.

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