Tuesday, 12th February 2013

WTT member Stuart Crofts has featured on a BBC Lancashire programme where he talks about the challenges facing our rivers, including biosecurity. To listen to the programme, click here.

Wednesday, 6th February 2013

A new Irish study has revealed levels of genetic diversity in Irish populations that are greater than genetic diversity between the entire human race. 13 different varieties of brown trout in Lough Corrib had already been identified by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

‘’Thin and streamlined like a herring, croneen trout are a pelagic fish, designed to swim long distances to spawn. The croneen population in the Lough Derg catchment of the Shannon’s main stem retreat to the small Camcor river in Co Offaly, 50 kilometres away, to spawn.

Another trout variety in the river Suir, which hasn’t yet been named, was found to travel 78km from the river Nier in Co Waterford, where it is born, down to the main stem of the Suir’’.

The study, whch also characterized trout migrator movements also found that spawning in the eight mile Owen Brin river, one of the smallest Mask sub-catchments, supplied more than 40 per cent of the adult population of trout in the lake. This highlights the conservation value of such spawning areas and this pattern is repeated right across Ireland.  

Ireland’s lakes support such fine Lough trout fisheries in part due to their cold temperatures which rarely exceed 20C in the summer. Among other things, this study highlights the importance of genetic diversity to Irelands trout populations; a characteristic that is likely to be instrumental in helping trout populations survive climate change (for further information on the impacts of stocking on trout genetic diversity, see the WTT’s stocking page by clicking here.)


For further information on the study click here.


Wednesday, 6th February 2013

A discovery has been made of a population of North American Signal Crayfish in the River Eden in Carlisle.

This is the first reported incidence of signals in Cumbria. For the ITV news report, click here

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

The 2013 WInter edition of the Deveron Flyer Newsletter has just been published. 

Among other stories was the welcome news that the community lead biosecurity programme is to be extended for 2013. For biosecurity projects to achieve any modicum of success, efforts have to be sustained and past successes (such as mink and Japanese knotweed removal) built upon. To view this story and other news (such as revisons to catch and release regulations in the catchment); please click here.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013


John Dullaway's passion for art began with the discovery of ancient aboriginal carvings he found when playing in the Australian bush as a boy. Now based in Sweden, he combines ancient and contemporary techniques to make bold, unique work. As an angler himself, fish are a favourite subject. A limited run of signed, numbered prints are available bly clicking  here.

In addition, for every print sold to WTT members, a £5 donation will be made to the trust. Simply enter "Wild Trout Trust" into the "Instructions to seller" box with your order.



John Dullaway's 'Pike'.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

The Atlantic Salmon Trust's (AST) 2013 auction has been running on their website (click here to be redirected to the auction).

The aim of the auction is to raise money for Atlantic salmon conservation. The lots are varied and incude fishing & shooting offers from around the UK. Some money will also go towards the work of RAFTS (The Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland). 

A map of the auction lots is displayed; the WTT auction in Feb/March will also feature a map setup. 



Friday, 18th January 2013

It has long been believed that running water has a therapeutic effect on human beings. Charities like Casting for Recovery  (link here have used flyfishing to harness the healing qualities of rivers to help breast cancer patients. Now a great new initiative in the USA (Reel Recovery Retreats) has taken off for men. A feature film is being shot following a group of men with cancer who have come together for three days of healing, relaxing and fly fishing at a Reel Recovery Retreat at The Wildhorse Ranch in Mackay, Idaho.

For more details on this worthy initiative and to donate, go to their website.

Friday, 11th January 2013


A 'Chalk Stream Summit' was held in Stockbridge, Hampshire in December, attended by over 100 interested parties (including the WTT)  from chalk streams all over the UK - not only Wessex, but the 'Cinderella’  chalk streams of Lincolnshire, Norfolk and the Chilterns.
The meeting was organised by Martin Salter of the Angling Trust and Paul Knight of the Salmon and Trout Association for Richard Benyon, Environment Minister, with the intention of raising the profile of this unique and threatened habitat to DEFRA, the EA, the responsible minister and to the All Party Angling Group, led by George Hollingberry MP. The result was a commitment by George Hollingberry to create a ‘Chalk Stream Charter’.  

Whilst the WTT’s focus is on practical habitat advice and projects, we will be involved in the Chalk Stream Charter process and will use our knowledge and experience to influence the lobbying organisations including the S&TA and AT, and to support them in addressing the issues facing our chalk streams.    

More details about the meeting can be found here 

Our President, Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s response to the meeting is here

Charles has made a film about the threats to our chalk streams with WWF, which is available to view from our website - click here



Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Over the next few months, the WTT team will be finding, filming and producing a sequence of footage documenting the lifecycle of trout. The footage will be used in a series of conservation films. For now, tasters of this footage can be seen in the Trout in the Town blog. To see the first film in this sequence, click here.

Saturday, 29th December 2012

It is with great sadness that we report the death of John Goddard, one of fly-fishing’s towering figures and the pre-eminent angling entomologist of his day. He died on Boxing Day at the age of 89.

John, a staunch supporter of the Wild Trout Trust, wrote a dozen books, most of them with an entomological bent. His reputation was established with Trout Fly Recognition (1966) and then Trout Flies of Stillwater (1969). Trout Flies of Britain and Europe followed in 1991. The artificial flies he designed and revealed in these books and in the hundreds of articles he wrote for magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, were used by anglers throughout the world. His most famous pattern was probably the G and H Sedge, a virtually unsinkable deer-hair pattern devised with Cliff Henry, with whom he collaborated in his early researches.

John’s most widely-publicised book was probably The Trout and the Fly (1980), written with his long-time friend Brian Clarke, former President of the WTT. This book concentrated as much on the fish in the water as the angler on the bank and was a worldwide success. The Sunday Times Colour Magazine devoted seven pages to it in the week it was published. A 50-minute documentary on BBC-2 followed two days later. The New York Times picked it as one of its books of the year.  The work is still in print in many countries, 32 years on.

In addition to his trout fishing, John was an accomplished coarse fisherman and sea angler. He was also an international big game angler and represented his country’s ‘A’ team in this branch of the sport, for several years.

At the behest of the Portuguese Government John, with the noted deep sea angler and photographer Leslie Moncrieff, explored the potential of the big-game fishing off Portugal’s coast. Their resulting catches of shark, marlin, tuna and the rest effectively kick-started the angling tourism that Madeira and The Azores have enjoyed ever since.

John was also a pioneer of fly-fishing for bonefish, sailfish, tarpon and the like and travelled regularly to the Seychelles, the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico and Belize in pursuit of quarry. He fished many times in New Zealand and the United States and counted many of America’s most famous anglers among his friends. His book, Big Fish from Salt Water, appeared in 1977. An autobiography, The Passionate Angler, came out in 2008.

John was active right to the end. At the time of his death, he was collaborating with Brian Clarke again - on a commissioned book about their fishing lives, a kind of joint angling autobiography.

John leaves his wife of 62 years, Eileen - and a daughter, Susan. Our condolences go to them both.

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