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Trout in Dirty Places: 50 Rivers to Fly-fish for Trout and Grayling in the UK's Town and City Centres [Hardcover]

Theo Pike
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3 April 2012
Here is a guide to the most revolutionary development in British angling for many years: fly-fishing for trout and grayling in the very centre of towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom. From Sheffield to South London, from Merthyr Tydfil to Edinburgh, this is the cutting edge of 21st century fishing. Nothing is more surreal yet exhilarating than casting a fly for iconic clean-water species in the historic surroundings of our most damaged riverscapes centres of post-industrial decay, but now also of rediscovery and regeneration. * fishing-focused profiles of 50 selected streams * interviews with local conservationists dedicated to restoring the urban rivers * local flies and emerging traditions, and * details of how to get involved and support this restoration work. This book guides readers towards relaxing, good-value fishing on their own doorsteps as a viable alternative to more costly (and carbon-intensive) destination angling: a positive lifestyle choice in challenging moral and economic times. No one author or publisher has yet attempted to bring this emerging trend of urban flyfishing into a single, epoch-making volume. **A donation from all sales goes to the Wild Trout Trust and the Grayling Society **

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; 1st edition (3 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906122423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906122423
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great read and much more than just a fishing book. Alongside fishing tips, seasons and permits and how to get to each of the rivers, it takes the reader on a journey along 50 urban rivers in the UK. Full of interesting facts and anecdotes.I recommend that you add Trout in Dirty Places to your bookshelf. --Institute of Fisheries Management magazine, Summer 2012

Whether you are a keen fisherman looking for a new challenge, or a city-dweller interested in bringing nature to your doorstep, Theo Pike s trout fishing in the urban wilderness will you in the right direction. --Scottish Field, May 2012

It must be the most original, fascinating and eye-opening angling book I ve read in years. --Scottish Sun, April 2012

About the Author

Theo Pike is an angling, environmental and marketing writer. As Chairman of the Wandle Trust, he was instrumental in stating to restore south London s River Wandle to its historic status as a world-famous chalkstream fishery. This project s success inspired the Wild Trout Trust to establish a national Trout in the Town programme, with the Wandle as its flagship initiative. As a result of his experience in urban river restoration, Theo has done much work advising other groups on mobilising local support, motivating volunteers, best practice for river clean-ups, and promoting positive links between angling and conservation. He was awarded the Wild Trout Trust s Bernard Venables Award for services to wild trout conservation in 2008, and internationally honoured as a Sage Conservation Hero in 2009. He lives, with his wife Sally, in south London.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me hooked! 13 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book on so many levels. It's a fascinating guide to catching trout in the least likely of places - a real confirmation of the fact that you don't need to pay a fortune to go fishing for wild trout, and that if you put in the work you can find them living quite happily in the most urban of environments (as Theo proves by catching a 17 inch brown trout under runway 2 of Manchester airport...) The individual potted histories of the rivers featured are great stories in themselves - which more often than not involved their demise earlier in the 20th century, followed by hard work from dedicated fishermen and conservationists which has led to the state of improvement they're in today... A great read, a great fishing guidebook, and a great positive story for fish and fishing in general. Now where are my waders....?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 2 April 2012
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What a great book. Full of really interesting information about rivers you would never consider as being good trout fisheries. A little local history on each location, and contact details for those who want to try out the spots for themselves.
I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Pike 21 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have had the privilege of fishing with Mr Pike on a number of occasions, though rather fewer than I would like, and perhaps rather more than he would have chosen. This book confirms his position as a modern day Plunkett Greene. He fishes with panache and to good purpose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 May 2013
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Very interesting book about fishing for trout in the UK's cities. Who knew there was such good trout fishing in the middle of London, Manchester and Glasgow! Well worth a read and a fish afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot more than a where to fish book 19 May 2013
Format:Hardcover
I have to declare an interest - I wrote Theo's forward. But never mind that. This is a great book and so much more than a guidebook that captures, very well as it happens, a zeitgeist of fly fishing: chasing the ghosts - or the promise - of wilderness in those urban hinterlands abandoned by the industrial revolution and by city sprawl. It is also a manifesto for our countryside and for river restoration, for hope at the frontier of where man confronts and sometimes affronts nature. So buy it if you want a great guidebook to some zany, counter-intuitive spots to go fly fishing. Buy it if you want an entertaining read. And buy it because it's a classic, a marker in the sand, a snap-shot of our edgeland landscapes now and a call to arms for a better future for what was once so abused.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 26 April 2013
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If you into fly fishing then this is a book for you. It shows that trout and grayling can be found very close to your home and you will not need to pay a penny for fishing on most urban fisheries. I enjoyed reading the practical advices on fishing as well as some interesting historical facts. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 2 Feb 2013
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This will get you enthused to fish even ugly stretches of river in a city so you may not have to travel far to quench your thirst for some river fishing.
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