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NoWPaS 2019 - a note from the committee

Posted on March 20, 2019

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NoWPaS, the International (formerly Nordic) Workshop for PhD and post-doctoral fellows working on anadromous Salmonids, is an annual workshop which consists almost entirely of early career researchers (ECRs) with a focus on PhD students. The workshop, which is organised by a committee of PhD students, allows a small group ECRs to present their research programme and ideas, along with any results that they might have already collected. WTT Research & Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, was our man in the thick of it at the NoWPaS 2019 meeting, held at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), the University of Glasgow’s field research station.

In the footsteps of giants: adventures in chalk and limestone history

Posted on March 17, 2019

In the footsteps of giants: adventures in chalk and limestone history

Flyfishing history has truly been written on England’s chalk streams and limestone rivers, and it’s impossible to fish these waters without feeling that you’re exploring in the footsteps of giants.

From Charles Cotton’s haunts on the River Dove, to Halford’s water at Mottisfont, Plunket Green’s Bourne Rivulet and even the Wilderness fishery on the Kennet where Neil Patterson fished with John Goddard, Peter Lapsley and Brian Clarke – take your pick of historic waters in this year’s Wild Trout Trust Auction.

Summer holiday adventures in Devon

Posted on March 16, 2019

Summer holiday adventures in Devon

When our founder Mike Weaver published his book The Pursuit of Wild Trout, he inspired a whole new generation of flyfishers to discover the excellent fishing on Devon’s beautiful little rivers.

These sparkling streams seem perfectly made for holiday adventures, so we’ve included a wide selection in our Auction catalogue. We’re particularly grateful to local guide and Fly Culture editor Pete Tyjas for offering a wild trout safari through some of his own secret spots. But if you prefer exploring on your own, we’ve got that covered for you too.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 to the Lot description and thence to eBay.Or click here for all the Lots on eBay,

Holiday adventures in the Yorkshire Dales

Posted on March 15, 2019

Holiday adventures in the Yorkshire Dales

Flowing through breathtaking moorland and limestone landscapes, the rivers of the Yorkshire Dales offer some of Britain’s best fishing. So, as you might expect, we’ve searched out the best of the best for the Wild Trout Trust Auction.

Thanks to our generous friends, including Allan Hardy, Marina Gibson, Paul Mercer and Steve Rhodes, this is your chance to enjoy fishing the Wharfe, Nidd, Skirfare and other rightly famous Dales rivers. If you’ve ever contemplated a family holiday in Yorkshire, could this be the year?Click the Lot numbers below for a direct link the Lot description and thence to eBay.

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

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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

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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.