TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 496

BE INSPIRED

6 How to get started
Follow our three easy steps and you’ll soon be part of the fascinating world of flyfishing

TACTICS

14 Find the drop-off
Craig Barr knows exactly where the fish will be on upland reservoirs

20 Northern powerhouse
If you thought Cumbrian flyfishing was all small wild brownies, New Mills may well change your mind

26 Increase catch rate by 10%
How using modern Fritz materials plus a few tactical tweaks can bring success

30 You’re going to need a bigger rod
While waiting for the trout season to begin Matt Roberts goes in search of pike on the fly

FOCUS ON...

38 Mayflies
Make the most of the mayfly season

WHERE TO FISH

43 UK waters
Stillwater fisheries to visit this month

46 Many faces of Meon Springs
Peter Cockwill visits a fishery doing its bit to introduce newcomers to the sport

48 Carp and the Canaries
In pursuit of carp on the fly in the balmy climes of Gran Canaria

54 Spotlight on...
Eyebrook Reservoir which has recently been taken over by a new management team

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on wind knots, light leaders, dropper set-ups and point flies

60 How to...
Choose a floating fly-line

FLY-TYING

65 Mayfly Emerger
Peter Gathercole ties a neat pattern, ideal when fish are that little bit fussy

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Muskins variant

72 Flymasters
Your adult Mayfly patterns judged by Peter Gathercole who also sets a new challenge

TACKLE

77 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including the Scierra X-16000 chest waders and Daiwa’s Airity rod

84 Fly-tying gear
A close look at hooks, a dyed grouse skin, hooked dubbing needle and metallic fritz.

OPINION & NEWS

86 News
All the latest news and gossip on the trout fishing scene

89 Cockwill
Peter doesn’t hold back on what it takes to be a fishery manager

90 Investigation
To tag or not to tag?

92 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

94 Book reviews
Two new books get the Jeff Prest treatment

96 Troutmasters
Are you among this month’s badge winners?

102 Match news
Iain Barr on how the World Bank Masters was won

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest on how the rules we sometimes impose on fishing can put people off

OFFERS

36 Subscription offer
Subscribe to Trout Fisherman magazine this month and receive two waterproof fly boxes

82 Reader offer
Airflo Delta Classic rod outfit for £119.99 – a saving of £189

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 495

BE INSPIRED

6 Roam alone
Fred Bainbridge finds solitude and quality wild browns on Yorkshire’s River Ure

TACTICS

12 When fish have been battered
The tactics to employ when a water has slowed due to heavy angling pressure

18 Travel light to catch
Nick Hart on why he prefers to carry just the bare essentials when targeting a small stillwater

25 Flies to force a take
The pressure is on when Craig Barr is faced with a difficult session at a Norfolk stillwater

29 Doris day
Peter Cockwill takes on Rockbourne’s Arctic char when Storm Doris is in town!

FOCUS ON...

36 Buzzers
Steve Cullen reveals his winning set-ups for fishing this most important stillwater fly

WHERE TO FISH

45 UK waters
Latest information on Kingfisher Lake, Loch Fad, Pitsford Water and Ringstead Grange

48 Escape to the wilderness
Take a walk on the wild side in search of salmon and dolly varden in Alaska

54 Spotlight on...
The west country’s Chew Valley reservoir with local guide John Horsey

ADVICE

58 Advice Squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on fly-line choice, backdrifting and fishing Buzzers on the reservoirs

62 How to...
Paul Procter’s indepth guide to fishing Buzzers successfully

FLY-TYING

67 How to tie a Cormorant
Peter Gathercole ties a nymphy lure

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a version of Dick Walker’s classic Mayfly Nymph

74 Flymasters
Your suggestive nymph patterns are judged by Peter Gathercole, who also sets a new challenge

TACKLE

79 New gear
The latest tackle reviews including Vision’s Onki rod and Hart Pro 5 waders

86 Fly-tying gear
Robbie Winram looks at a new bobbin holder, dubbing brushes and realistic eyes

OPINION & NEWS

90 News
A young man’s charity marathon fishing session, flyfishing courses and what’s new on the trout scene

93 Cockwill
Peter Cockwill comments on the importance of having balanced tackle

94 Investigation
Jeff Prest discusses the latest news regarding cormorants, mink and otters

96 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say on women flyfishers and prolonging a fishing career

98 Troutmasters
Are you among this month’s badge winners?

102 Match news
Iain Barr discusses the role match-fishing plays in providing enjoyment and friendship

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest travels to New Mills, Cumbria and discovers a positive, forward-thinking water

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 494

BE INSPIRED

Trout in the towns
Trout fisheries aren’t always out in the countryside – there’s some incredible fishing to be had right on your doorstep

TACTICS

Change colour and move
Iain Barr’s tactics for tackling medium-sized waters during early season

When does a fly stop working?
Never! Even lying right on the lake bed, the right fly can still do a job for you... 

Unnatural causes
Fred Bainbridge ditches the nymphs for glitter and gold at Stocks Reservoir

The heavy metal mob
Steve Cullen adopts heavy nymphing techniques to catch grayling all through winter

FOCUS ON...

Early season Buzzers
Small stillwater expert Peter Cockwill shows how to catch buzzer-feeders in March

New Buzzers
Top anglers reveal their latest tyings

WHERE TO FISH

UK waters
We highlight four venues worth a visit this month

Spotlight on...
Lancashire’s Stocks Reservoir

Call of the wild
The world’s best browns are just a £50 flight away, as Matt Harris discovers...

ADVICE

Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on subsurface tactics, leaders and fly selections

How to...
Detect takes when fishing nymphs

FLY-TYING

Red Holo Buzzer
Peter Gathercole ties a cracking early-season Buzzer pattern

Flybox fillers
Make some ‘noise’ with a rubber-legged Purple Peril

Flymasters
Results of the early season heavyweight Buzzer challenge

TACKLE

New gear
The latest gear reviews including Hardy’s Marquis LWT reel

Fly-tying gear
Robbie Winram looks at the new Stillwater Magnus vice, North Country silks and Micro Fibre fritz

OPINION & NEWS

News
The London Fly Fair, your free Fishing TV card and what’s new on the trout scene

Investigation
Brexit – what does it mean for you?

Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

Book reviews
Two more publications get the Jeff Prest treatment

Cockwill
Peter Cockwill ruffles a few feathers...again. It’s all opinion folks!

Troutmasters
Are you amongst the new season’s badge winners

Match news
Iain Barr remembers Ian Greenwood and comments on the state of UK match fishing

Wading in
Jeff Prest on the latest scientific contribution to whether fish feel pain

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Trout Fisherman issue 493

TACTICS

Deadly set-ups
Phil Dixon reveals his ideal winter leader set-ups for small stillwaters

Why I hate the Montana
Nick Hart is no great fan of this nymph pattern, but is prepared to give it one last chance during a day at Simpson Valley fishery

Pulsating action
Russ Symons chooses winter flies with that extra ‘rubbery’ kick for extreme movement

Ways to prolong your fishing career
Pensioner Malcolm Proudlock has a few tricks to keep fishing despite age!

BE INSPIRED

Fly heaven & fly hell
Top contributors, and the editor, reveal their favourite fly patterns plus the ones they don’t like at all!

FOCUS ON...

Bowls of rainbows
Rob Edmunds’ tips for cracking early-season concrete bowl waters

Stop tangles in the wind
Northern contributor Nick Halstead reveals his tricks to avoid getting tangles in a strong early-season breeze

WHERE TO FISH

UK waters
We highlight four stillwater fisheries worth visiting this month

Spotlight on...
Our ‘at a glance’ guide to fishing the in-form Farmoor 1 & 2 reservoirs

Wild things
Matt Harris visits a long-forgotten eastern corner of the Russian Empire in search of
wild rainbows

ADVICE

Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on CdC fly treatments, lure fishing and bankside etiquette

How to...
Follow Paul Procter’s top tips for turning tentative tugs into solid takes

FLY-TYING

The Mobile Montana
Peter Gathercole ties a deadly variation on a classic nymph from yesteryear

Flymasters
Results of the ‘buoyant’ pattern challenge

Flybox fillers
How to tie a Beadhead Bloodworm

TACKLE

New gear
The latest gear reviews including Hardy’s Ultralite ASR reel and Airflo chest waders

Fly-tying gear
Robbie Winram looks at Chewing Gum chenille, dry fly hackles and fluorescent threads

OPINION & NEWS

News
All the most important match dates for 2017 and other news from the trout scene

Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

Investigation
To what extent is poaching hurting our fisheries and what’s being done about it?

Troutmasters
Are you amongst this month’s badge winners?

Match news
Iain Barr’s reaction to the published 2017 match dates

Wading in
Features Editor Jeffrey Prest reports on how our drugs affect fish

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Trout Fisherman issue 492

BE INSPIRED

Think global in 2017
Trout Fisherman contributors share their angling goals for the new year

TACTICS

Scale down for success
Peter Cockwill goes small to tempt wily fish at Woolaston Court fishery

The Prince Nymph
One Scottish angler still flies the flag for this almost forgotten pattern

Dig out your lures
On the hunt for a winter specimen at Haywards Farm

FOCUS ON...

Prime time
Plan your visits carefully to get the most out of your winter trout fishing sessions

Retrieves
Nick Hart discusses the retrieve options available when trout refuse to chase

WHERE TO FISH

UK waters
Four stillwater fisheries worth visiting this month

Spotlight on Eglwys Nunydd
Winter and early-season hotspots

River Wharfe
Fred Bainbridge sings the praises of a £4 day ticket stretch of Yorkshire river

ADVICE

Advice squad
Our experts answer your questions on tail-nipping, smutting, vice choice, gutting your catch and more

How to...
Paul Procter explains how to make the most of winter trout fishing

FLY-TYING

Weighted Bugs
Peter Gathercole ties up a weighted bug for grayling

Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges the weighted bug entries and selects a new challenge

Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Winter Damsel

TACKLE

New gear
Robbie Winram tests the latest gear including a travel rod and neoprene waders

Fly-tying gear
Reviews of a new dubbing, barbless hooks, synthetic fibres and yarn

OPINION & NEWS

News
All that’s new on the trout scene and Ian Muckle’s Scottish news page

Investigation
What can be done to help angler numbers grow
in 2017?

Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say on line twist, fly scent and fishing on a motorcycle

Book reviews
Making Better Flies and The Healing Stream – a book about the River Wharfe and the River Eden

Cockwill
There’s a new trout species to go after in 2017 – the sparctic trout

Troutmasters
Are you amongst this month’s badge winners?

Match news
Iain Barr starts his new, hard-hitting column all about competition flyfishing

Wading in
Jeff Prest compares two types of angler – the home boy and the nomad!

 

 

Trout Fisherman - Issue 491

BE INSPIRED

170 miles, 45 fish, one great day!
Richard Fieldhouse takes to two wheels for his latest flyfishing adventure

TACTICS

Lures: the invisible edge
How using clear legs on lures makes fish focus on the body for better hook-ups

Silkworms for trout?
Ceri Jones discovers trout feeding on silkworms that fall from the trees at Big Well fishery

Time to rip surface flies
Former world champion Iain Barr describes a day of visual, explosive action at Farmoor

FOCUS ON...

Winter lures
Rob Edmunds selects his favourite lure patterns and offers advice on how to fish them 

Retrieves
In this first of a two-part special, Nick Hart looks at the various fast or ‘pulling’ retrieves

WHERE TO FISH

UK waters
Trout Fisherman highlights four trout fisheries worth visiting this month

Spotlight on Leighton
We reveal the Yorkshire reservoir’s winter hotspots

Big browns at Dever
Peter Cockwill recalls the capture of his personal best brown

For fishers with finesse
Russ Symons heads to his local Hatchlands fishery for some light line sport

ADVICE

Advice squad
Our experts answer your questions on landing net choice, weighted putty and split feather repairs

How to...
Paul Procter explains the key points to consider when choosing a new rod

FLY-TYING

The Coral Booby
Peter Gathercole provides a step-by-step to a deadly winter lure

Easy tying
Step-by-step instructions to tying a Beadhead Minkie

Flymasters
Your Bloodworm creations are judged by Peter Gathercole

TACKLE

New gear
Robbie Winram looks at the latest tackle including Scierra rods and Greys fly-lines

Fly-tying gear
Reviews of the Orvis Ty-wheel work station, power thread and marabou

Fly-tying starter kits
We look at the best outfits on offer

OPINION & NEWS

News
Latest stories plus the Scottish stillwater scene

Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

Troutmasters
Are you amongst this month’s badge winners?

Match news
How Scotland won the Bank International, Wayne Jones the Anglian and Charlie Hix the EYTM

Wading in
Jeff Prest comments on the discovery that monkeys can fish!

Trout Fisherman - Issue 488

BE INSPIRED
- River Tyne Jeff Prest watches James Stokoe catch sea trout and browns on his favourite river

TACTICS
- Surface soup Phil Dixon fishes top-of-the-water at Llyn Brenig to target fish looking up for their food
- Never too late Late season fishing on catch and release waters can be tough, especially if the weather is against you. Nick Hart works out the winning tactics...
- This should be easy... What to do when fish are splashing and slurping at the surface, but ignore your offerings
- Low water – prime time Stalking fish in a town centre river showing its bones can bring rewards

FOCUS ON...
- Love your leaders! How to get a seamless bond between fly-line and leader

WHERE TO FISH
- UK waters Four top stillwater trout fisheries to try this month
- Brittany charm Peter Gathercole fished at Lac du Drennec in France’s Brittany region
- Spotlight on Grafham Rob Edmunds reveals the reservoir’s autumn hotspots

ADVICE
- Advice squad TF’s panel of experts answer your questions
- How to... Fish Czech nymph style with Paul Procter

FLY-TYING
- Tie a deadly fry pattern Peter Gathercole’s sequence to the Fringe Fry
- Easy tying Russ Symons ties the Frosty Fry pattern, perfect for targeting autumn fry-feeders
- Flymasters We reveal the top Fry patterns from round four - and set a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE
- New Gear Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including Wychwood’s T2 rods and Fishpond vest
- Fly-tying products Dubbing selections, a UV resin kit, barbless hooks and a magnifying lens

OPINION & NEWS
- News All the latest from the trout scene
- Bankside clean-up The latest on our campaign
- Cockwill Peter Cockwill sings the praises of seeing your name in print
- Letters Trout Fisherman readers have their say
- Troutmasters Are you amongst this month’s badge winners?
- Match news How the Nymphomaniacs won the Sportfish Team Championships final at Rutland Water
- Team England tips Off to Ireland’s Lough Léin next year? Soak up the winning tips from this year’s Spring International
- Wading in Jeff Prest on how one American psychology student comes to terms with angling frustration!

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Trout Fisherman - Issue 482

THIS MONTH

- Peter Cockwill and Keith Arthur find quality fish at Sutton Bingham’s West Pond
- Enjoyable fishing methods and actually catching fish are sometimes poles apart, as Craig Barr explains
- Fry feeding isn’t limited to late season as Gareth Jones discovers on a visit to Farmoor Reservoir
- Ceri Jones and friends put the new Translucent Blobs through their paces at Llyn Fawr
- Stick with early season fishing and you could get the best river brownie you catch all year
- Jon Barnes fishes the River Tees during an April hatch

FOCUS ON...

- Rob Edmunds makes the case for boat fishing and provides tips for first-timers regarding drifts and anchoring
- Draycote’s Tom Bird reveals the four sunken islands that are hotspots for trout anglers

WHERE TO FISH

- Peter Cockwill visits an Oxfordshire fishery which revels in a slower pace of life
- Three UK waters worth visiting this month

OPINION & NEWS

- The Scottish Wild Fisheries Bill might have serious consequences for trout anglers as Jeffrey Prest investigates
-Latest stories and events plus Ian Muckle reports on the Scottish stillwater scene

TACKLE/ADVICE

- TF experts answer your questions on feeding patterns, fluorocarbon and river watercraft
- How to... strike with a dry fly
- Paul Procter has all the advice you need to connect with surface-feeding fish
- Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Hardy Zephrus rods, Snowbee’s Geo-5 waders and the Redington Behemoth reel
- A close look at the new Tiemco vice, material clamps, dubbing, hooks and a clear head cement

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