Wild Trout Trust Charity Auction
The Wild Trout Trust is a small charity in the UK that is modelled on Trout Unlimited. They focus on the protection of wild trout and their habitat through practical advice and projects with fishing club, landowners and community groups. They run a fundraising auction each year of fishing days, art, tackle and collectables.
The fishing lots include exclusive and sought-after fishing on the very best beats of the Wessex chalk streams including private beats on the Itchen, Test and Avon. There are days of fishing beats that were the home waters of the great names in fly fishing : Halford, Skues, Sawyer, right back to Charles Cotton, who wrote the fly-fishing section of Isaac Walton's 'The Compleat Angler' in 1676.
Many lots are accompanied by professional guides such as Charles Jardine, writers (including Jon Beer, Brian Clarke and Theo Pike) or enthusiastic local fishermen.
Trout fishing in the famous Irish Loughs, including Lough Corrib are included, as is salmon and trout fishing in Scotland. Rivers like the Tweed may be famous for their salmon but they also hold trophy sized trout !
The fishing extends beyond the UK to trout fishing in Chile, bonefishing in the Caribbean, golden dorado fishing in Argentina and chalk stream fishing in Normandy.
This is a superb way of booking your perfect fishing break, and donating to an excellent cause.
Beyond fishing, there are unique collectable items including a salmon rod designed and owned by Hugh Falkus, a fly wallet made from 200 year old reindeer leather recovered from a shipwreck, and an exqusite small stream cane rod and reel, handmade in England by Rawson and Perrin.
Bidding is easy as the auction takes place on eBay from March 5-14 with lots closing during the UK evening (daytime in the US time zones). There is an illustrated online catalogue and map of the fishing lots on the Wild Trout Trust Website www.wildtrout.org
It’s easy to locate fishing lots too – just go to the auction lot map http://www.wildtrout.org/auction_map and click on the pins for more detail and photos. But please note that there are lots in the Bahamas, Argentina and Chile, but on the map, they drifting off the south coast of England!