Some timely advice on how to avoid catching out of season trout from WTT Volunteer, Kris Kent.
Kris works for Fishing Breaks, is a professional guide, an Advocate for Keep Fish Wet, a life member and long term supporter of the Wild Trout Trust.
Posted on December 04, 2020
Posted on November 02, 2020
Posted on October 23, 2020
if you attended our Urban Conclave in Stalybridge last September, and saw the launch of WTT’s Trout in the Town Urban River Toolkit, you might remember that we also announced a new nationwide accreditation scheme for all our urban river groups.
Like so much else this year, this initiative has been held up by the Covid-19 pandemic, but we’ve now sent out accreditation forms to urban river projects all over the country.
Posted on October 19, 2020
Nidderdale Angling Club was the recipient of an advisory visit from WTT in 2011. That report resurfaced in 2018 and prompted several members of the committee to contact local Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, to prioritise plans and initiate some action. Like many clubs, historic decisions to stock the river were being scrutinised, and votes were cast to divert money previously spent on adding fish, into habitat rehabilitation instead to nurture the wild fish populations more sustainably....
Posted on June 18, 2020
Back in March, Jonny Grey wrote a blog about the low-cost baffle solutions to ease fish passage on Bradford Beck. These interventions over several weirs were a part of a wider scheme to improve the environment within and alongside the beck. He's been back to survey the fish populations now...
Posted on June 10, 2020
Regular readers of the blog will know that, every year, Queen Mary University of London buys out some of my time and expertise from WTT to give their aquatic ecology MSc students practical training and experience in the field. Despite all the recent challenges impacting their year of study, some of the students have found the time to analyse the data and write us a guest blog to update the Woodplumpton Brook story....
Posted on June 09, 2020
River Glaven at Bayfield Hall in Norfolk feature on BBC Springwatch last week. The atmospheric clip was filmed by Josh Jaggard (www.wildlife-photos.co.uk) and appears 31 minutes into this episode:
Posted on May 28, 2020
Traditional fishing day tickets risk spreading coronavirus through unnecessary contact with vendors. Digital solutions present a way to fish safely and protect the country.
It’s a little over a fortnight since the (re)opening of the 2020 trout season. One can assume our readership has dutifully obeyed the measures of social distancing passed down from Westminster. For ourselves, our neighbours and the good of the entire population we’ve shelved one third of our annual pursuit allowance. But now we may fish again…
Posted on May 03, 2020
With declining populations of salmon (and sea trout), it is understandable that many anglers and fishery owners see hatcheries as something tangible and practical that they can do to boost populations. In this article, Andy Ferguson looks at why supplementary stocking with hatchery reared Atlantic salmon younger than smolts is rarely successful in increasing the number of returning fish and can instead result in a reduction.
More information on resident brown trout stocking, click here.
Posted on April 28, 2020
Freshwater scientists have been studying the phenomenon of “hydropeaking”, the artificial variation in flow below hydropower plants, for around 25 years. One particular aspect has been the harmful effects of flows, fluctuating in some cases on an hourly basis, upon salmonid fish species. In response to the growing awareness of the need to reduce the impacts of hydropeaking, a team of freshwater ecologists and engineers recently published a timely review article. One of the authors, Daniel Hayes (a PhD candidate at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) tells us a little more about the issue.
Posted on April 21, 2020
The ever growing population of the south east needs water, and so do our chalk streams which have been suffering from low flows and, particularly in the Chilterns, drying up, because of the demands placed on the chalk aquifers that supply both rivers and people.
In this blog, Charles Rangeley-Wilson describes a simple but revolutionary solution to the problem. Take the water from the lowest reaches of the river, not the top. Chalk-Streams First has the potential to completely re-naturalise the flows in all of the Chilterns chalk-streams with potentially only a small net loss to overall public water supply.
Posted on March 31, 2020
While the amazing work around the world to remove huge dams and reconnect rivers tends to capture the media headlines (e.g. Dam Removal Europe), we know that small (known in the trade as low-head) structures can be equally as effective in fragmenting fish populations and interrupting sediment transport. And compared to large barriers, there are thousands and thousands of small ones, as the AMBER project has recently highlighted for much of Europe.
Through the latter part of 2019, Jonny Grey was involved in two projects to design low-cost fish passage solutions on two very different becks, and here he describes the installation in early 2020.
Posted on March 27, 2020
We can't go fishing, but we can plan....
Roaming the lonely hills and quiet valleys in search of wild trout is one of the quintessential adventures of any fishing season. Wales is justly famous for sewin and salmon, but the Principality's fishing for brown trout, pike and grayling is also superb. Thanks to many of our generous supporters, the Wild Trout Trust Auction brings you a wide choice of chances to explore llyns and rivers across Wales.
Posted on March 27, 2020
There are some top quality chalkstream lots in the Auction with no bids against them currently. Click the lot numbers below to go to the lot on eBay. The auction closes from 5pm on Sunday 29 March.... time to bid!
162 A day for 2 rods on the River Anton, guided by Bill Latham165 A day for 2 rods on the River Dever at Bullington175 A day for 2 rods on a private beat of the Wiltshire Avon177 A day for 2 rods on the Middle Test at Mottisfont160 A day for 3 rods on the Lambourn, guided by Mark Shickle161 A day for 3 rods on the Upper Test at Wherwell158 A day for 2 rods on the exclusive Bishopstoke fishery, hosted by Shaun Leonard, WTT Director.314 A day for 2 rods on the River Kennet, the famous Wilderness fishery 114 2 days for 2 rods on the River Ebble188 A day for 2 rods River Wylye
Posted on March 25, 2020
We hope that we'll be fishing again before too long....
A day of adventures doesn’t have to mean long-distance travel! Thanks to many of our supporters, there’s plenty of exciting fishing to be found not far from London: