Archive for the tag 'River restoration'

Fishtec: Craneflies, pink salmon and preventing pollution

These past couple of months, I’ve been contributing articles to the (increasingly authoritative) Fishtec blog… … on a whole range of subjects, from secret-weapon end-of-season trout flies to much more serious issues like invasive non-native species, and what we can all do to identify and prevent pollution in our rivers: Who’s the daddy? Fishing crane-flies […]

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Fishtec, Fly-fishing, Invasive non-native species, Pollution, River restoration, Writing Oct 27 2017

Now in my Urbantrout store: New Kryptek Highlander eco-brand fishing caps for 2017

Over on my Urbantrout website (the continuity site for my first book, Trout in Dirty Places) I’ve just launched a new edition of my eco-branded Urbantrout Kryptek Highlander fishing caps. These are the same amazing, cutting-edge-camo patterned trucker-style caps that I brought to the UK for the first time last year – and now they’re […]

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River restoration, Urbantrout Jan 25 2017

Fallon’s Angler, issue 8: The unsolicited salmon

Writing an article isn’t just writing an article. It’s also writing the right article, and then finding the right place to get it published. Sometimes this can feel a lot like the painstaking process of fishing itself… Three casts later, as I tracked the nymph round and felt it lifting through the currents, just as […]

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Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, River restoration, Salmon, Writing Dec 15 2016

Caring for our coarse fish

Just in case you missed all the social media chatter a few weeks ago, I thought it’d be worth mentioning again that my review of Mark Everard’s important new book River Habitats for Coarse Fish has now been published on the Fallon’s Angler website. As I said in my introduction… In these days when all […]

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Barbel, Bream, Chub, Dace, Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, River restoration, Roach, Trout, Writing Nov 17 2016

Filming on the Wandle

A couple of weekends back – before, during and after the Wandle Trust‘s usual monthly community river cleanup – film maker Jeremiah Quinn came down to the Wandle with his camera to capture some new angles on this little urban chalkstream’s story, and the qualities that have kept lots of us fishing and pulling out […]

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Chalkstreams, Coarse fish on the fly, Films, Fly-fishing, London, River restoration, Trout, Urban rivers, Wandle Sep 28 2016

Brexit: A new hope for the UK’s environment?

As some of the dust starts to settle (or not…) on the results of last week’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, I’m clearly not the only environmental writer who’s been thinking day and night about the implications. Readers of my chapter in Chalk Stream Fly Fishing (2012) may recall that I’m very […]

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Environmental policy, Rewilding, River restoration Jun 27 2016

New life for the Taff

Quite apart from the constant hum of creativity that means we’re now getting to play with some of the finest, most sophisticated tackle ever deployed in search of elusive fish, I think it’s fair to say that two developments – no, movements – within the last 20 years have revolutionised the lives of most of […]

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Fly-fishing, Grayling, River restoration, Taff, Trout, Trout in Dirty Places, Urban rivers, Writing Apr 04 2016

2014: A year of mending urban rivers

The latest episodes of my Urbantrout Diaries were published on Flyfishing.co.uk just before Christmas – this time an end-of-year mini-series in which I’ve reviewed all the great urban river restoration projects that took place across the UK in 2014: In the UK’s river-mending community, this summer feels like the one when it’s all finally kicked into […]

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Flyfishing.co.uk, River restoration, Urban rivers, Writing Jan 04 2015

Urban river restoration: Interview for SCALE Magazine

It’s not every day you get interviewed on your home water for an international fishing ezine. So when Germany’s SCALE Magazine offered to send writer-translator Tankred Rinder (also editor of Forelle und Aesche) and photographer Veit Dresmann to south London as part of their round-the-UK road trip in September… … I jumped at the chance […]

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Chalkstreams, Fly-fishing, London, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, River restoration, Trout, Trout in Dirty Places, Urban rivers, Wandle Dec 01 2014

Summer writing roundup

Where has this summer gone? Between publication of my Balsam Bashing book, a few freelance copywriting gigs up in London, helping to recruit new staff for the Wandle and South East Rivers Trust and watching over the Wandle’s biggest river restoration projects yet, experimenting with a radical new approach to ultralight fly-fishing, and exploring new […]

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Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, Freelance copywriting, London, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, River restoration, Trout, Ultralight fly-fishing, Wandle, Writing Sep 30 2014