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