THE Wild Trout Trust’s second on-line & postal auction will be held between 7 and 17 March and promises to be even better than last year. There are 108 lots in total – from guided days’ fishing, fishing tackle, gift vouchers, books and DVDs to pheasant shooting and deer stalking. To bid, visit and follow the link to ebay which will be active as soon as the auction goes live on the evening of 7 March.

Last year the auction raised around £9000 which was used to fund practical habitat restoration  projects throughout the UK and Ireland. Although the majority of buyers came from the UK, lots were purchased by people as far away as the USA. The auction also produced new members for the Trust.

The Wild Trout Trust’s leading friends and supporters have all produced highly-desirable lots including a £500 fishing tackle voucher to be spent at Hardy & Greys of Alnwick; a TCR salmon rod from Sage, and a TLS trout rod from Orvis.

One of the most interesting lots (guide price £1000) is an extremely rare and exclusive opportunity for a day’s fishing for 2 rods on the Duke’s Beat of the Lathkill on the Haddon Hall Estate, Derbyshire. The fishing is for very wily New Zealand-sized wild brown trout on dry fly. Also included is 1 night’s dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at the famous Peacock Hotel.

Guided fishing days on a variety of rivers and lochs are available, some of which are with WTT president Brian Clarke, Dr Malcolm Greenhalgh, Jon Beer, John Bailey or Oliver Edwards. There is a wide geographical spread of fishing opportunities, including saltwater fly fishing, from Scotland to Hampshire and Norfolk to Wales and Ireland.

Salmon fishermen will no doubt be keen to bid for 1 day’s salmon fishing for 2 rods, with a ghillie, on the Lees beat of the Tweed (near Coldstream).

For anyone wishing to bid without access to the Internet, the WTT will accept postal bids which will be posted onto eBay by the WTT on the bidder’s behalf and will be bound by the same terms and conditions.

Postal bids must be received in the WTT office by 15 March latest.

For further information on the Auction, the Trust and its activities please contact

Christina Bryant
The Wild Trout Trust
PO Box 120, Waterlooville PO8 0WZ
tel 023 9257 0985


Lot No 1                Presented by Sage                                                                    Guide Price £600+ (starting bid £300)

A Sage 10150-4 TCR double-handed salmon rod. Fast action Spey rod for the advanced caster. Unconditional guarantee.

Lot No 8                Presented by Professor David Bellamy                                            Guide Price £55 (starting bid £40)

Autographed copies of Blooming Bellamy and Jolly Green Giant, best-selling books by the distinguished conservationist and WTT Vice-President Professor David Bellamy.

Lot No 11              Presented by Loyd Grossman Esq                                                  Guide Price £40 (starting bid £30)

A copy of The Dog’s Tale, inscribed to the winner by the author, Loyd Grossman – television’s Masterchef, museums campaigner and Governor of the London School of Economics.

Lot No 15              Presented by Edward Twiddy Esq                                                  Guide Price £150 (starting bid £90)

A day of high pheasants and partridges in the Cotswolds for 1 gun. Range of dates on offer.Bag normally 40-70. £20 to be paid on the day which pays for beaters, lunch and pub dinner.

Lot No 22              Presented by Mrs Vicky Jeyes                                                     Guide Price £400 (starting bid £300)

1 day for 2 rods with lunch on the Upper Itchen at Yavington. About 2 miles of fabulous dry fly fishing for wild brown trout.

Lot No 26              Presented by John Bailey Esq                                                     Guide Price £350 (starting bid £250)

1 day’s tuition for 2 in the electrifying new art of stalking barbel on the fly, on a private beat of the Wye, with John Bailey, a UK pioneer of the technique, author of over 30 angling books and angling adventurer.

Lot No 33              Presented by Captain Martin Busk                                                Guide Price £300 (starting bid £200)

1 day for 2 rods on the river Test at Houghton Lodge, to be taken on 28 June or later by arrangement.

Lot No 44              Presented by Wester Ross Fisheries Trust                                    Guide Price £200 (starting bid £150)

2 days wild trout fishing for 2 rods in Kinloch Estate hill lochs with guide (date by arrangement). Starting at Shieldaig you will visit a series of lochs with views to Beinn Alligin and Applecross.

Lot No 47              Presented by Jon Beer Esq                                                         Guide Price £170 (starting bid £120)

1 day’s trout fishing for 2 rods on a stunning beat of the middle Welsh Dee with Jon Beer, the distinguished flyfishing writer, Daily Telegraph fishing correspondent and WTT Vice-President.

Lot No 49              Presented by Oliver Edwards Esq                                                Guide Price £170 (starting bid £120)

1 midweek day’s trout flyfishing for 2 rods on a prime beat of the Ure at Masham with Oliver Edwards, brilliant flyfishing tutor, author of Flytyers’ Masterclass and WTT Vice-President.

Lot No 50              Presented by David Pilkington Esq                                                Guide Price £150 (starting bid £80)

1 day’s guided saltwater flyfishing for 2 rods on the north Devon or Cornish coast. Tackle provided if required. Expectations of bass, mackerel, Pollack etc. Best months August or September. Date by arrangement.

Lot No 68              Presented by Castle Acre Fishing Club                                             Guide Price £75 (starting bid £40)

1 day for 1 rod on the Castle Acre beat on the River Nar in west Norfolk – 4km of chalkstream fishing holding only wild trout. Upstream dry fly and nymph fishing only; trout below 10in have to be returned. Wading essential. Bidder to be accompanied by club member. To be taken in May by arrangement.

Lot No 89              Presented by Rossinver Fishery                                                       Guide Price £40 (starting bid £25)

1 day for 2 rods for salmon and trout in Rossinver Fishery, Co Leitrim, Irealnd. Boat and engine inclusive. Date by arrangement excluding first weekend in June.

Lot No 107            Presented by John Aston Esq                                                         Guide Price £15 (starting bid £10)

1 day for 1 rod on the Cod Beck, N Yorkshire. Small beck, big fish. Mainly wild trout (to 2lb+) and grayling. Not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced. Wading and climbing steep banks involved – jungle warfare skills usefull… Date by arrangement before 15 May or after 15 June.