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    Default Trout fishing at Manchester Airport(!)

    It seems urban fly fishing is really taking off. It now even merits a headline article in the mainstream media:

    Ever tried trout fishing at Manchester Airport?

    I have to admit my eyes nearly popped out when I saw the photo.

    Anyway, could this be the start of something big? At the very least perhaps we should all give it a go; it would then be an easy way to introduce the upcoming generation to the sport.

    Incidentally it's a good job they mentioned the fish are inedible, otherwise the craze could have been very short-lived...

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    Default Re: Trout fishing at Manchester Airport(!)

    See "Theo's Book" thread for more details (and also for a special northern book signing event to complement the ones going on in London)

    http://www.flyforums.co.uk/general-f...ty-places.html

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    I think there's a little sleight of hand going on with the "too contaminated to eat" line, but if it stops people knocking them on the head, so be it.

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    Default Re: Trout fishing at Manchester Airport(!)

    why publish it like that every idiot within a 10 mile radius will be up there now with spinners. this is one of my local spots being 2 mile from where i live. its selfish to publicise like this think of your fellow fly anglers who use the same stretches who like the quiet and the mystery of fishing a venue like this. i fish loads of the urban stretches around manchester and never publicise my catches its just not fair.

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    Pretty cool idea there Kieran. I'll give it bash on my next Germany trip.

    Best regards

    Stuart

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    Steve Walker: As long as you don't mind the sweet flavour of kerosene.


    PaulG: I'm aware of the book you refer to — it's received masses of publicity. And all credit to the author for potentially opening up new horizons. (Or should I say drain pipes?)

    ...But what strikes me as particularly interesting is the way the MSM has run with this. How often have we seen a fly-caught brownie capture the attention of the headline-writers? This kind of coverage is surely priceless if the future of the sport is near to your heart. Might we yet see the day when a six-piece four-weight manifests as serious bling?


    dankay123: Perfect example of Catch22! Keep it quiet, and relatively few will benefit. Point taken, though. (I fear the bailiffs will steer clear for fear of the gentlemen-flyfishers being 'tooled-up'.


    Hey, Stu: I can see it now: "First double figure brownie from an urban stream!"
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    An interesting article.
    Theo you should of let me know you were down in Taunton i would of taken you to some superb spots on the town stretch of the river Tone
    Got to say there are not that many shopping trolleys in the Tone but the fishing can be great with Chub over 6lb being caught on the Town stretch.

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    Default Re: Trout fishing at Manchester Airport(!)

    Kerosene - maybe if we were talking eels or carp, but salmonids are pretty fussy about water quality. I would be pretty surprised if they were thriving anywhere polluted enough to dangerously taint their flesh. I've caught trout from places I wouldn't fancy eating a fish from, but rationally I'm just being squeamish.

    Maybe it also detracts from the message that the rivers are getting cleaner and need to be kept that way. But, if it prevents a bit of clonking, maybe it's for the best.

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    cool breeze i wasnt having a direct dig at you. all it does is up the fishing pressure on a naturally stunning area,produce litter and then the local night fishing brigade with fires. as well as fly fishing i also fish for barbel and the trouble the water bailiffs have with poachers ruining the riverbanks. on one of my last sessions before the season finished a number of trees had been cut down and teathered to the bank to produce new pegs. this upset the local council and other users of the riverbanks there were talks of the council stopping the fishing completely on this stretch...

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    Default Re: Trout fishing at Manchester Airport(!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Walker View Post
    Kerosene - maybe if we were talking eels or carp, but salmonids are pretty fussy about water quality. I would be pretty surprised if they were thriving anywhere polluted enough to dangerously taint their flesh. I've caught trout from places I wouldn't fancy eating a fish from, but rationally I'm just being squeamish.

    Maybe it also detracts from the message that the rivers are getting cleaner and need to be kept that way. But, if it prevents a bit of clonking, maybe it's for the best.
    Hi Steve;

    Water quality might be fine but you could have a lot of PCB or heavy metals in the river bed which then end up in the insects that the trout eat and hence in the fish. Back in the late 80's it was recommended that children and pregnant women not eat salmon or lake trout from Lake Champlain more than once a month due to PCB and both are fish that need cold, clean waters.

    Take care

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