Category: Fly Fishing News

Angling Trust welcomes IUCN’s assessment of Atlantic salmon

The Angling Trust is a member of the Missing Salmon Alliance (MSA) and together we have welcomed the new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classification for Atlantic salmon, including listing the majority of the UK’s populations as endangered. This change in conservation status is supported by the research and work of members of […]

Government and Environment Agency face High Court challenge over Yorkshire River pollution

Next week, the High Court will hear a judicial review of Government and Environment Agency decision-making that anglers claim has failed to stop two decades of pollution at Costa Beck, a small, spring-fed river in North Yorkshire. The legal challenge, being brought by Fish Legal on behalf of Pickering Fishery Association, is focused on updated, […]

How is your rod licence money spent?

The Environment Agency (EA) has released its Fisheries Annual Report for 21/22 which details how and where fishing licence income is spent. During the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 the EA sold 934,760 fishing licences which generated an income of £21,854,093. So how has this income helped promote fishing? The report […]

Angling Trust and Environment Agency reopen fund to help control invasive species and increase biosecurity

The Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) reopens on Friday, 14 April, for funding towards projects involved in tackling the spread of invasive non-native species and measures to increase biosecurity at angling venues. The AIF is administered by the Angling Trust and is just one of the ways the Environment Agency is reinvesting income from fishing licence […]

Angling Trust: Government Water Plan will fall short without money for enforcement against polluters

The Angling Trust has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Plan for Water but warned that it will fall short without a reversal of the decade long programme of cuts to the Environment Agency’s enforcement and pollution control budgets. The Plan for Water which was launched today (April 4) contains mix of commitments, plans and […]

Environmental Regulators in Northern Ireland under Investigation for River Crumlin running dry – video

Fish Legal has referred environmental regulators in Northern Ireland to the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) for failing to protect migratory fish including salmon, dollaghan and brown trout on the Crumlin River which flows into Lough Neagh. The OEP has confirmed that the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Northern Ireland Environment […]

£150,000 available as Angling Trust and Environment Agency reopen funding to help tackle fish predation

The Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) has reopened for funding towards projects tackling the impacts of predation by otters and non-migratory fish-eating birds. The AIF is administered by the Angling Trust and is just one of the ways the Environment Agency is reinvesting income from fishing licence sales in projects which benefit anglers across England. £150,000 […]

Poole Harbour oil spill could have serious consequences for threatened migratory fish, say GWCT experts

UK wide conservation organisation the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), has today highlighted it’s serious concerns over the impact of the 200-barrel fluid leak into Poole Harbour on protected migratory fish. The GWCT operates the Salmon & Trout Research Centre on the River Frome at East Stoke, Dorset which has been monitoring the salmon […]

Fishing ban at Grafham dam continues despite clubs’ efforts to find solution with Anglian Water

Anglian Water’s “disproportionate” ban on fishing from the dam at Grafham Water is to continue despite best efforts by fly fishing clubs and the Angling Trust to overturn the decision. Anglian Water banned fishing from the dam late last year following an extremely rare incident where a visitor was hooked by an angler’s back cast. […]