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Fishing with fisheries experts: ferox, big browns, and sharks

Posted on March 14, 2019

Fishing with fisheries experts: ferox, big browns, and sharks

It’s probably no surprise that many professional ecologists and fisheries scientists are also really good anglers…

Thanks to our generous network of friends, the Wild Trout Trust is proud to offer these amazing opportunities to enjoy a season of adventures on the water with gurus like Kenny Galt, Alan Kettle-White and Jonny Grey – the very best way for you to learn first-hand from the experts!

Wild trout adventures in unexpected places

Posted on March 13, 2019

Wild trout adventures in unexpected places

Most of our supporters know trout don’t just live in obvious or even beautiful places… but it’s sometimes hard to work out what that really means.

Hidden in the pages of our catalogue, here’s our curated selection of trout fishing in some of the most unexpected places in England. For instance, who’d have thought that Andrew Flitcroft, editor of Trout & Salmon, could take you on a wild trout adventure in Rutland? Or that wild trout are living happily in the Great Stour just outside Ashford in Kent?Time to start planning your season of adventures, inspired by the WTT's auction. 8-17 March, on eBay and by post. Click the Lot numbers below for a direct link the Lot description and thence to eBay.

Chalkstream adventures that money can’t (usually) buy

Posted on March 11, 2019

Chalkstream adventures that money can’t (usually) buy

Anglers travel from all over the world to fish England’s chalk streams – and with very good reason. But there are some beats, especially on the celebrated Test and Itchen, where even the best guides and booking services can’t get access.

The Wild Trout Trust is immensely grateful to the owners of some of these beats for making them available for our charity auction, the single most important fundraising event of our year. We’re very privileged to be able to offer them as auction lots for one-off adventures that money truly can’t buy.

Wild trout adventures in the hills

Posted on March 10, 2019

Wild trout adventures in the hills

Roaming the hills in search of wild trout is one of the quintessential adventures of any fishing season – and this year’s Wild Trout Trust Auction brings you a wide choice of chances to explore lochs, llyns and tarns all over Britain’s uplands.

Take your pick from Lyn Gwiddior or a mountain lake near Bala, tarns in England’s Lake District, or even Assynt’s primordial landscapes in the far north of Scotland – and start getting fit for a summer of long but satisfying hikes!

North Norfolk’s best kept chalk stream secrets

Posted on March 08, 2019

North Norfolk’s best kept chalk stream secrets

North Norfolk is still a mystery to many. But so many great anglers live there… that in the end we can’t believe it’s all completely coincidental.

From a unique three river chalk stream safari with Nick Zoll, to a day of adventures in the headwaters of the Wensum with author Terry Lawton, here’s your chance to explore those coincidences and start planning even more time on the water in one of England’s most secretive counties…

What have we contributed to the Blueprint for Yorkshire?

Posted on January 24, 2019

Bingley Anglers

Back in 2016, WTT was one of the organisations to be awarded funding from Yorkshire Water’s Biodiversity Enhancement Fund as part of their Blueprint for Yorkshire. The idea was to organise a series of workshops around aspects of habitat improvement and tailored to issues found at specific sites, and any angling organisation across Yorkshire could register an interest in hosting one.

Three years downstream and it is possible to reflect on what has been achieved.

Plant invasions and trout rations: the sequel

Posted on January 07, 2019

H Balsam

It's a great pleasure to welcome back Alex Seeney to the WTT Blog. Just over 18 months ago, he was one of the first of the early career researchers to contribute a post (The riparian invasion: salmonid friend or foe?) about their ongoing science. Well, Alex is now Dr Alex (congratulations) and has returned with an update which I have been eager to see. I well remember some work by Sally Hladyz on how invasive rhododendron can severely impair stream functioning; her work demonstrated that the plant supplied poor leaf litter quality and blocked out the sun, subsequently depressing decomposition rates and algal production rates meaning less food for inverts. Do balsam and knotweed exert similar influences? Over to (Dr) Alex.....

Invasions by non-native species are reported as one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity, and the invasion of riparian ecosystems by invasive non-native plants (INNP hereafter) presents a common and difficult challenge for river and fishery managers.

Improvise, adapt, and overcome...

Posted on December 12, 2018


In a recent monthly staff update, Gareth Pedley shared his experience of rethinking and redesigning a relatively cheap (but hopefully incredibly cheerful) fish passage solution at a challenging structure.

The importance of fish passage on small watercourses is often overlooked, despite a wealth of electrofishing survey data and scientific literature to demonstrate their importance as salmonid spawning and juvenile nursery areas. Making obstructions passable....

Loopy carriers

Posted on November 26, 2018

Loopy carriers

Andy Thomas, WTT Conservation Officer for the South East shares some insights on chalkstream carriers: 

Although not exclusive to chalkstreams, man-made distributaries, loops or carriers pose many fishery owners and managers with difficult challenges, particularly when the flow into their particular system is controlled by a top-end hatch or weir. These challenges can be much more problematic when said hatch is owned by a third party.  If your club is lucky enough to have rights over the main channel, as well as the carrier, then great, but many do not and it’s always a surprise to me that so much harmony exits, particularly in the chalk stream valleys, where water is often split between two, three or even more parallel channels.

Habitat workshop on the Culdaff River, Ireland

Posted on November 08, 2018

Inishowen Workshop 4

Gareth Pedley describes a workshop carried out with volunteers from the Culdaff River Community Angling Club, the Inishowen Rivers Trust and the Loughs Agency to learn about techniques for tackling excessive bank erosion - and does some valuable work too!

Developments on the Dove at Birdsgrove

Posted on October 03, 2018

1 Gothard Weir In 2016 Pre Works

A WTT advisory visit in 2016 on behalf of Birdsgrove Fly Fishing Club (BFFC) to the River Dove, Derbyshire, identified seven weirs along the 5km length of river fished by the club. The impoundment of water by these structures is detrimental to river habitat, fly and fish populations,especially from a fish passage persepctive, and natural sediment transport. The advisory visit report stimulated a debate within the club about what could be done to improve the fishery and it was decided to work towards the removal of the two weirs that had been built by the club in the past.

The results are in: barriers down, fish up

Posted on September 07, 2018

The results are in: barriers down, fish up

I’ve been looking forward to this moment for quite some time now…..well, at least a year. The monitoring of my pet project from pre-intervention (weir notching and removal / partial demolition over six structures) to several years post is quite revealing, and I’ll let the data do the talking.

Now, as a scientist, I know there are a few caveats associated with the figure above. But as there was no specific funding pot for the monitoring of the works for this duration, I am making the best of the situation. So, all surveys were carried out in each of the years for roughly the same amount of time (effort), over similar distances, using similar kit, and roughly the same time of year (although 2018 was a little later because of the incredibly dry spring / summer we have just experienced). Ideally, all of these parameters would have been standardised; ie identical each time.