The Wild Trout Trust Auction takes place from March 4th to 13th on eBay and, with over 250 lots, it's the biggest one yet!
Of the 250-plus lots on offer, over 200 are fishing days or fishing holidays, covering not only trout fishing, but sea and coarse fishing too. The majority of the fishing is in England but Ireland, Scotland and Wales are well represented too, as are fishing holidays abroad.
In terms of price, over half of the lots have a start price of £100 or less, but if you are after a really special chalkstream day or a bonefishing holiday, your tastes are catered for too! Top prices go to some very special chalkstream mayfly days (start prices £300 to £600) and fishing in the Caribbean, Argentina and Chile (start prices from £1,900).
Many fishing lots are accompanied by writers (including Jon Beer, Theo Pike, Dennis Moss), professional guides (including John Tyzack, Pete Tyjas, Steve Rhodes) or expert fishermen / part-time guides such as Stuart Crofts, Steve Cullen and Dave Southall. Many other lots are introduced or accompanied by the donor who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their local water.
The majority of the fishing lots in the auction are fly fishing in rivers for trout and grayling, and there is a tremendous range of rivers. There are the classic southern chalkstreams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Wylye. Many of the lots are very private and very exclusive beats in the upper reaches where wild trout and big grayling dominate, whilst others are classic chalkstream fisheries such as Bossington on the Test and Heale on the Avon.
Lakes, loughs and lochs are included, ranging from Corrib in Ireland to Lyn Nantle, a mountain lake in Snowdonia. And a couple of guided days on reservoirs – Draycote and Rutland with a different magazine editor guiding you on each one!
All fly fishing techniques are catered for, from Tenkara fishing in mountain streams to heavy nymph fishing for salmon on the Test and the Itchen, plus night fishing for sea trout on the Teifi and Towy and strictly upstream dry fly on the Lambourn and Wylye.