TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 516

BE INSPIRED

6 Your first...
We share your fly-fishing ‘firsts’

8 Did I lose a record grayling?
Steve Cullen recalls a memorable session on a Yorkshire chalkstream

TACTICS

14 Think like a matchman
Gareth Jones explains why it pays to have an adaptable line of attack

20 Primed for action
Paul Richardson adopts a two-rod approach to find the right method after a hot summer

26 Simply Buzzing
Don’t write off the humble Buzzer in winter. We find out why at Scotland’s Bangour fishery

32 Autumn tips
Top tips as the waters cool and winter approaches

34 Follow the wind
Mike Thrussell uses a proven theory when tackling a stillwater for the first time

FOCUS ON...

38 Fry-feeding time
All you need to know about the trout’s main prey at fry-bashing time, plus 10 top patterns to try now

42 In search of big browns
Top tactics from Rob Edmunds

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
London’s Walthamstow Reservoirs

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

56 How to...
Search a river – expert tips from Paul Procter

FLY-TYING

61 Flashback Cruncher
Peter Gathercole ties a nymph that will serve you well around the weedbeds

64 Flybox fillers
Step-by-step instructions for a simple but effective mini Buzzer, perfect as winter approaches

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks six mobile lures to try this winter

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your fur-strip wing patterns and sets a new tying challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods, lines and clothing

80 Fly-tying products
Predator hooks, squirrel dubbing and more...

OPINION & NEWS

46 Barbed v barbless hooks
Three TF contributors give us their views

82 News
Latest from the trout scene

84 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

86 Cockwill
Why Peter prefers fishing in company rather than solitude as the years go by

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

91 Troutmasters final
How the top three anglers caught their fish and our promise to deliver the correct results

95 Iain Barr
Troutmasters was such a great day out

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest finds himself alone at a fishery and craves someone to talk to! No one cares!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 515

BE INSPIRED

6 Glass fibre rods
David Felce raves about glass fibre rods while on holiday in Spain fly-fishing for carp

TACTICS

12 Dries under your feet
Iain Barr crouches down and flicks small dry flies out to shrimp feeders at Rutland

18 Feel over sight!
One angler’s opinion that indicators are no match for ‘feel’ when fishing

24 Hoppers at any depth
Gareth Jones fishes a traditional dry fly on a sinking line at Eyebrook!

FOCUS ON...

29 Autumn set-ups
Four top fly combinations

34 Growth industry
How fisheries and anglers can deal with weed

36 Fish the weedbeds
Catch trout feeding on snails, corixa and sticklebacks

38 Flymasters champion
Jeffrey Prest meets a top fly-tyer at Aldin Grange fishery to discuss all things fishy!

WHERE TO FISH

43 UK waters
Three top trout fisheries to visit this month

45 Born again
There are some big changes afoot at Ravensnest fishery in South Wales. Peter Cockwill investigates

50 Spotlight on...
Llyn Trawsfynydd in North Wales

52 Start fly-fishing at Meon
A friendly place to start down south

ADVICE

54 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

58 How to...
Paul Procter’s top tips on fishing with nymphs

FLY-TYING

63 Perch Zonker
Peter Gathercole ties a killer fry pattern for the back end of the season

66 Flybox fillers
Step-by step to an easy-to-tie Black Pinfry

70 Fastmail flies
Six more autumn patterns described by England’s Phil Dixon

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your fry imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

77 New gear
Robbie Winram looks at the latest gear including Cortland rods and Vision waders

82 Fly-tying products
New hooks from Ahrex, plus Neon Hackle, Bugger Bou and holographic tinsel

OPINIONS & NEWS

84 News
Latest from the trout scene

87 Are line weights correct?
Clearing the confusion around line ratings. They’re not always correct it seems

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

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

94 Book reviews
Two more books get the Jeff Prest treatment

95 Iain Barr
Why this could be a terrific late season

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest describes his journey to find the ultimate wet weather gear – with hilarious consequences!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 514

BE INSPIRED

6 Get a Monk on
If the trout are hot and bothered, try for carp on fly. Peter Cockwill tests out his new patterns

TACTICS

12 Squatter’s rights!
Iain Barr crouches low to target Grafham’s shrimp-feeders with his new flies

18 Worth the effort
Nick Hart works extra hard to catch late-season browns at Wimbleball Reservoir

23 Silver from the surf
Top tips for catching bass on the fly

26 Match the thatch
Peter Cockwill selects flies a similar shade to the weed because insects do the same!

32 The humble Hopper
Steve Cullen sings the praises of this highly-successful surface pattern

36 Dee Valley Spider-swing
Paul Richardson covers more water by swinging Spiders on the River Dee in Wales

FOCUS ON…

44 Daddies
Get ready for this autumn highlight

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Kennick Reservoir in Devon

52 Otterburn Castle
A historic retreat with its own stretch of river

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
Fishing Buzzers, hot weather sport and the ‘J’ knot

59 How to...
Pick the right tippet material

FLY-TYING

65 Tie the Halfhog
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a top autumn pattern

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties an ‘unsinkable’ Daddy

72 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks his top autumn fly patterns

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Hopper imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

79 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Wychwood fly lines and Scierra waders

84 Fly-tying products
Tying with Hardwear tools, hotspot vinyl and compara cow elk

OPINIONS & NEWS

86 News
Fishing4Schools, fly fairs and the sad loss of Tony Fordham

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say on fly-fishing for pike and mixed-method fisheries

90 Cockwill
Fishing still has the capacity to surprise us, as Peter explains...

91 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners plus your latest catch pictures from around the UK

95 Iain Barr
Scierra Pairs tactics and why this could be a great late season

98 Wading in
Is there a move within fishing to gradually isolate killing trout?

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 513

BE INSPIRED

6 Jet off to Iceland
Peter Gathercole and pals enjoy the newly-opened West Ranga’s wild browns

TACTICS

12 Cool springs
Peter Cockwill takes advantage of Bigwell Fishery’s cold water on a scorching hot day

18 Bring me sunshine
Nick Halstead’s tips on how to catch in the heat on small waters

24 Catch corixa feeders
Gareth Jones catches free-rising trout on dries at Eyebrook Reservoir

30 Taps to takes!
10 top tips to beat fish taking short

32 Cast down the line
Target brown trout lying along the edge of the weed line at an upland water

FOCUS ON...

37 Sedge
The stages to imitate and top patterns

WHERE TO FISH

39 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

42 Dry fly, Italian style
Central Italy’s Nera river is a classic dry fly stream well worth investigation

46 La Cascade
A newly-established fishery in northern France

50 Spotlight on...
Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your fly-fishing questions

56 How to...
Beat the heat on rivers

FLY-TYING

61 Soft-hackle Sedge Pupa
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step instructions for a late summer fly

64 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties an Elk Hair Caddis, one of the most popular adult sedge imitations

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks his top September fly patterns

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your terrestrial imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Daiwa Wilderness rods and Vision Vibe line

80 Fly-tying products
Cam-lever vices, threads and feathers

OPINION & NEWS

74 Book reviews
Jeffrey Prest reviews two recent additions to the fly-fishing library

82 News
Latest news from the trout scene

84 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

86 Cockwill
Why we should respect our fish farmers

87 Junior Troutmasters final
A full report from Thrunton Long Crag and the excellent standard of the youngsters taking part

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

95 Iain Barr
The importance of the Booby-Basher sinking line

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest’s funny observations from the Junior Troutmasters final

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 512

BE INSPIRED

6 Old gear V new
Two anglers go head-to-head to see whether new gear is really that much better than old

TACTICS

12 Deep on daphnia
It’s not all floating lines and dries in summer as Craig Barr discovers at Rutland
 
18 “A proper job”
Russ Symons reports from Burrator Reservoir, a success story in the making

21 Tug of war!
Popping dries can be a great technique in calm, clear water, as Russ Dyer discovers

FOCUS ON...

27 Summer set-ups
Peter Cockwill’s two-or-three-fly combos that work in mid summer

WHERE TO FISH

33 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

36 Future fisheries
We predict what trout fisheries might look like in 30 years’ time, given current trends

42 Midmar’s in good hands
Jeff Prest discovers the story behind Midmar Fishery’s success

48 Comfort zone
The Greyhound on the Test offers luxury and fishing

50 Spotlight on...
Thornton Reservoir’s bank and boat hotspots for the summer months

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on indicators, CDC flies and perch on fly tactics

56 How to...
Fish the evening rise

60 Tackle advice
Tips on smoking fish from Snowbee’s Simon Kidd

FLY-TYING

61 Tie a Yellow Owl emerger
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a deadly dry that has many guises

64 Flybox fillers
Tie the F-Fly, an effective but simple dry

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon’s take on Fastmail’s mid summer offerings

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your high-floating Sedge patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram tests the latest tackle including rods, reels and clothing

80 Fly-tying products
Renomed scissors, Overton’s Wonder Wax and Flybox’s Eggstasy material reviewed

OPINIONS & NEWS

82 News
All the latest news from the UK trout scene, plus match results

84 Stay safe
Essential safety advice that could save your life

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Why communication with customers is key to success

90 Troutmasters
Are you a badge winner this month?

95 Iain Barr
It’s all about shrimps in Iain Barr’s world at Grafham, Rutland and Draycote

98 Wading in
World Fishing Day telethon and how our man sat through the full 24 hours!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 511

BE INSPIRED

6 Well done Mr Cribbins
In his 90th year, actor Bernard Cribbins is honoured for his services to angling

TACTICS

10 All-action Avington
TF visits this iconic small stillwater which has undergone a recent makeover

15 There’s always a way
Overcoming shallow water and sunny conditions at Tullich Fishery in Aberdeenshire

20 Living in the shadows
Mike Thrussell targets the dark water drop-offs at Llyn Alwen in North Wales

26 Staying afloat
Float-tubing tactics at Thrybergh near Rotherham

32 Dutch doubles
Matt Roberts goes tubing in Holland to catch huge pike on fly

37 They’re on the hoglouse!
If you think sport at Grafham revolves around shrimp and buzzers – think again

FOCUS ON...

42 The olive hatch
To fish the fly correctly you must know its behaviour

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top waters to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Summer hotspots at Rescobie Loch

52 Free fishing on the Itchen
You can fish a free stretch of this world famous river in Winchester

ADVICE

54 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on improving catch rate in a rise and coping with a caenis hatch

58 How to...
Catch with terrestrials

62 Tackle advice
Simon Kidd advises on fishing vest choices

FLY-TYING

63 No-hackle Dun
Step-by-step to an easy Olive dry fly

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a highly effective Squirrel Nymph

70 Fastmail flies of the month
Six top patterns to try this summer

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your flies tied to tempt daphnia-feeding trout and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

77 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including rods, waders and fly boxes

82 Fly-tying products
Tying with Scruffy Dubbing, coloured resins and fluorescent floss

OPINION & NEWS

84 News
What’s hot and who caught what?

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Peter embarks on a new chapter in life

89 Airflo Spring Invitational
Results and tactics from this inaugural competition

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

95 Match news
The 2018 Spring Loch-style Home International

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest examines where stillwaters might be heading in the future

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 510

BE INSPIRED

6 Call of the wild
Derbyshire’s River Wye offers the fly angler a unique experience – fishing for truly wild rainbows

TACTICS

12 Give me some indication
Peter Cockwill uses the controversial ‘indicator’ method to tempt fussy fish

18 Two-pronged attack
Russ Symons switches between nymphs and lures to find success at Kennick Reservoir

24 Donegal’s upland loughs
Jeff Prest tours the many loughs of Donegal with the locals

31 Seasonal changes
Mike Handyside’s diaries reveal how his local river changes through the year

36 Scratching the surface
Phil Dixon’s surface tactics for a slightly coloured Blithfield Reservoir

42 Beat the algae
How to catch trout despite algae and one fishery’s way of dealing with it

FOCUS ON...

48 Damsels
Life cycle and fishing tips

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

54 Spotlight on...
Bank hotspots for Derwent Reservoir

56 Experience Panama
John Horsey enjoys catching a variety of hard-fighting fish off the Panama coast

ADVICE

60 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on straightened hooks, browns from the Lakes and much more...

64 How to...
Catch in a mayfly hatch

68 Tackle advice
Snowbee’s Simon Kidd on Buzzer-fishing gear

FLY-TYING

69 Tie a Mayfly
Peter Gathercole shows you how

72 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Skinny Buzzer

76 Fastmail flies of the month
Six deadly Damsel patterns and how to fish them

78 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your close-copy Damsel Nymph patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

83 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Daiwa’s Lexa Fly rods and Greys jackets

88 Fly-tying products
Thinskin selection packs, African goat dubbing, Block Fritz and a new Hanak jig hook

OPINIONS & NEWS

82 Book reviews
Two books and a video get the Jeffrey Prest treatment

92 News
The latest from the trout scene

96 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say on old flies, multi-purpose fishing and Sparctic trout

98 Cockwill
Peter Cockwill writes a light-hearted reflection on angling’s near-misses

99 Troutmasters
Are you among this month’s badge winners? Plus we feature your catch pictures

106 Wading in
Jeffrey Prest writes about the appeal of the old fibreglass rods

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 509

TACTICS

6 Wowed by Wimbleball
A rejuvenated Wimbleball reservoir produces supercharged early season sport

12 The double Booby
Gareth Jones uses two buoyant flies to catch at Llandegfedd Reservoir

18 Storm amid the calm
Peter Cockwill persuades fish to come out and play on a mirror-flat Buckinghamshire fishery

24 Making moves
Keeping on the move on small stillwaters often works in your favour, as Mike Thrussell discovers

28 Good old black & green
Craig Barr falls back on a tried and trusted simple approach at Toft Newton Reservoir

33 Wharfe factor
Fred Bainbridge enjoys a bumper day of Yorkshire brownies and grayling

BE INSPIRED

38 Making memories
Introduce a friend to fly-fishing and watch them get hooked on this great sport

FOCUS ON...

44 Time for mayflies
Get ready for the trout’s time of plenty

WHERE TO FISH 

47 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Late spring hotspots for boat and bank at Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on dry fly tactics, foam rig winders, fishing in coloured water and more...

56 How to...
Catch in a flat calm. Paul Procter has the answers

60 Tackle advice
Simon’s Simon Kidd advises on what rod to choose and how to gain extra distance on the cast

FLY-TYING

61 The Golden Olive Booby
Peter Gathercole ties a muted version of this stillwater favourite

64 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Midas Dry Fly

68 Fastmail flies of the month
Six successful patterns and how to fish them

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Irish-style wet Mayfly patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including a Shakespeare travel rod and Orvis waders

82 Fly-tying products
Tying flies with dubbing on a spool, squirrel hair and a new translucent Fritz

OPINION & NEWS

85 News
News round-up from Scotland

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Peter meets up with old friends and makes new ones at the London Fly Fishing Fair

90 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and latest catch pictures

95 Match news
Iain Barr reports on his World Bank Masters event

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest gets to grips with a reader’s grumbles and explains where the magazine is headed

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Trout Fisherman Issue 508

BE INSPIRED

6 Daydreams on Dartmoor
Nick Hart catches pretty wild browns on Devon’s River Dart

TACTICS

12 Free-fallin’
Why fishing on-the-drop is such a good method on pressured stillwaters

18 Problems with Buzzers?
Peter Cockwill explains his winning ways with Buzzers during a visit to Manningford

24 The Rising Fishery
Jeff Prest reports from a fishery with fly-fishing for any species at its core

30 Genghis can
Steve Cullen fishes one of his secret early-season lure patterns on the drop with great results

36 Lines of communication
River specialist Massimo Magliocco on how to approach sections of fast water

FOCUS ON...

41 Spring fly set-ups
Fly combinations to try in the spring

48 What’s hatching?
Buzzer hatches start in earnest this month

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

54 Spotlight on....
Llyn Clywedog

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your angling queries

62 How to...
Tempt fish from hill tarns

66 Tackle advice
Snowbee’s Simon Kidd on sun protection

FLY-TYING

67 Tie the Flexi-Worm
Peter Gathercole ties a simple but deadly early-season stillwater pattern

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Hopper Popper

74 Fastmail’s spring Buzzers
Phil Dixon picks six top patterns for April

76 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your early-season Buzzer patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

81 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods, reels and lines

88 Fly-tying products
A look at rabbit zonker strips, peacock dubbing and a compact UV torch

OPINION & NEWS

90 News
Avington’s new staff, Sportfish show and more...

92 Sparctics are here!
Russ Symons samples the new sparctic trout sport at Hawkridge Reservoir

94 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

96 Cockwill
Peter on rule-breakers and respecting your quarry

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

103 Match news
Iain Barr on the transition from lures to nymphs

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest shares the views of women anglers and how the sport can encourage their participation

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 507

BE INSPIRED

6 The finest fish that swims?
Editor Russell Hill on why we should revere our native brown trout...

TACTICS

12 The tough get going
Peter Cockwill battles the bad weather during an early season outing to Duncton Mill

18 Dry of the storm
Jeff Prest meets up with two Scottish anglers who fish dries in adverse conditions

24 Have your best early season!
Top early-season tips for small waters from England world team member Phil Dixon

FOCUS ON...

32 Border browns
Mike Handyside looks forward to early season trout forays to the Welsh border streams

38 What’s hatching?
The appearance of large dark olives mean trophy trout aren’t far behind

WHERE TO FISH

45 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

48 Fishery accommodation
The editor reveals his four favourite fisheries offering superb accommodation

50 Spotlight on...
Newly-opened Wimbleball reservoir

ADVICE

52 Advice Squad
What to look for in a fishing waistcoat, and how to match leader strength to hook size

56 How to...
Fish North Country Spiders

61 Get ready for the season
Snowbee’s Simon Kidd talks you through a tackle check in preparation for the opening weeks
Fly-tying

63 Tie a Para Dun
Peter Gathercole ties a deadly olive dry fly

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Mini Minkie for his lightweight rod outfits

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your synthetic lure patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Daiwa’s Silvercreek
fly rods

80 Fly-tying products
Tying with Fasna hooks, Semperfli’s twisted pure silk and Stonfo’s Coccodrillo gadget

OPINION & NEWS

82 News
Latest from the trout scene

84 Investigation
Jeff Prest asks whether anglers want variety of fish stock or quality

87 Cockwill
Discusses the joys of guiding and other things

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Troutmasters
Badge winners and news – sponsored by Fordham & Wakefield

94 Match news
Iain Barr comments on the current match scene

95 Book reviews
Jeff Prest looks at two new fishing books

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest jokingly reveals the poor man’s gear guide, but they’re all genuine items!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 506

BE INSPIRED

6 The thrill of the take!
Peter Cockwill enjoys a clear water stalking session at Avington

TACTICS

12 Mid-winter risers
Paul Richardson shallows up as fish gather near the surface at Elinor

18 Hit the bubble line
Mike Thrussell knows the importance of fishing near an aerator

25 Small gains
Jeff Prest meets two anglers at Ardgowan Fishery who use mini lures when fish get picky

30 Pike on the fly
John Horsey reports from the Blagdon pike trials

34 Winter grayling
Mike Handyside shares some of the experts’ top tips from the European grayling festival

FOCUS ON...

40 Spruce up your tackle
Simple maintenance tips that will prolong the life of your gear

44 Fly evolution
One man’s approach to ‘tweaking’ his flies

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Blithfield Reservoir in Staffordshire

ADVICE

52 Advice Squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on droppers, the different species of trout and casting in windy conditions

56 How to...
The importance of selecting a tapered leader

FLY-TYING

61 UV Gold Dabbler
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step sequence for this classic wet fly

64 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Humungus lure, the perfect pulling pattern through the winter months

68 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Bloodworm patterns

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including the QRS cassette reel from Greys

80 Fly-tying products
A look at clear lacquer, strong thread, goose CDC feathers and a new blob material

OPINION & NEWS

82 News
All the latest news on the trout scene

84 Investigation
The cost of trout feed has gone up. Jeff Prest asks if there’ll be an increase in day tickets

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say, including the Dabbler backlash

90 Save our reservoirs
Gareth Jones urges us all to support a revamped Llandegfedd reservoir

92 Troutmasters
The final badge winners of 2017

95 Iain Barr column
The former world champ talks about match final congestion and the future of our reservoirs

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest has a rather dim view of some fishing guides on the far side of the Atlantic

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 505

BE INSPIRED

6 My fishing year
Paul Procter reflects on 2017, one of his most successful angling years

TACTICS

14 Battling the blues
Peter Cockwill is pleased that Holbury’s new management still offer blue trout

20 Let’s see if this works...
Jeff Prest meets an angler with a difference at Glenbervie Fishery

26 How to beat spooky trout
Craig Barr works out how to tackle spooky fish in a flat calm and clear water

FOCUS ON...

35 Teams of flies
Set up three two-fly approaches for winter stillwater trouting

WHERE TO FISH

41 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

44 Belize tarpon
Dave Lewis shows you how to catch ferocious tarpon on fly in Belize

50 Spotlight on...
Lincolnshire’s Toft Newton Reservoir

ADVICE

52 Advice Squad
TF’s experts help solve your fly-fishing problems

56 How to...
Select your first river fly rod. Paul Procter explains

FLY-TYING

61 Blobs & FABs
How to tie a deadly winter pattern

65 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons highlights his ‘unsung hero’ pattern – the Sparkle Cruncher

68 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges buoyant lures designed to be poppep up off a sinking line

72 Follow this thread
Russ Symons reviews the latest tying threads on the market

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods, clothing and accessories

80 Fly-tying products
Loon’s Ergo fly-tying tools, squirrel and rabbit dubbings, dyed pheasant and a mini braid

OPINION & NEWS

74 Read on the fly
Two more fly fishing books under the spotlight

82 News
What’s new on the UK trout scene

84 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

87 Opinion
Rob Edmunds’ plea to save our reservoirs

88 Cockwill
Start making up your ’bucket list’ because life’s too short not to

90 New sponsor
Introducing Fordham & Wakefield as new sponsors of Troutmasters

92 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and catch pictures

96 Match news
Iain Barr passes on his tips from his successful 2017 season

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest examines the somewhat lost art of photographing fish

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 504

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6 Cane is still able
Andy Parker has fun with 6ft cane rods

TACTICS

12 Faster, bigger, stronger
Craig Barr enjoys the best action he’s ever had late season at Grafham Water

19 New tricks!
Jonathan Tomlinson and Ben Beckwith sample new flies for big fish at Lechlade

24 The power of 2
Russ Symons has a two-fly set up that works well for him during late season

28 Egging them on
One of Burns Fishery’s regulars explains how Egg Flies work so well during winter

FOCUS ON...

34 The down & dirty dozen
TF reveals 12 of the most popular lures used today and five readers can win the lot!

ADVICE

38 Advice squad
Our panel of experts answer your questions on the washing-line, Snakes, rod actions and more...

42 How to...
Paul Procter on fishing a rising river

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Latest information on Bank House, Knitsley Mill, Achagour and White House Mill fisheries

50 Spotlight on...
Winter hotspots for Pitsford Reservoir

52 Avington rises again
Avington gets new management and is back on track after a bit of a lull by its own high standards

53 In hot water
Steve Cullen heads off to Iceland’s River Varma in search of big brown trout

FLY-TYING

61 Tie a simple lure
Follow Peter Gathercole’s fly-tying sequence and get catching!

64 Flymasters
Your wet fly patterns are judged by Peter Gathercole who also sets a new tying challenge

68 Flybox fillers
How to tie a Yellow Deer Hair pattern

TACKLE

71 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including rods, clothing and luggage

76 Tippet rings
Russ Symons explains his fly line to leader connection

78 Fly-tying products
Travel vice, Straggle String selections and deer hair

OPINION & NEWS

80 News
What’s new on the trout scene, plus Scottish news

82 Investigation
The future of Chew Valley Lake

84 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

86 Read on the fly
Two more publications under the spotlight

87 Cockwill
All about exotic pheasants and feathers for tyers

88 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and catch pictures

92 Match news
Anglers World Holiday Individual Final

94 Iain Barr
The World Bank Masters and a Rutland double

98 Wading in
Why we will never swear by just one fly

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 503

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6 Fish in the freezer
Make the most of sport through winter

TACTICS

12 The lure of Swanswater
Features editor Jeffrey Prest discusses sunshine and sparkle at this Stirlingshire stillwater

16 When sport is a breeze
Paul Richardson catches rainbows, tigers and browns at Ellerdine Lakes

22 Fast and far off
Mike Thrussell and son study conditions and work out the day’s method at Chirk Trout Fishery

26 The same, only different
Why you should never assume that two lakes at one venue will fish the same

FOCUS ON...

32 Winter fishing
Quick pointers to successful late season outings  

34 Target the majestic grayling
Fred Bainbridge reveals his top tips for catching the ‘lady of the stream’ through winter

WHERE TO FISH

41 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

44 Escape to Kodiak
No electricity or gadgetry, just you, salmon and the largest bears on earth!

50 Spotlight on...
Hotspots for Ravensthorpe Reservoir

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s experts solve your flyfishing problems

56 How to...
Cope with educated trout

60 Snowbee advice
How to choose the right landing net

FLY-TYING

61 Pink Quill Nymph
How to tie an effective bead-head pattern for winter grayling

64 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your mobile lure patterns, and sets this month’s tying challenge

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Traffic Light PTN

TACKLE

71 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Hardy’s new Horizon fly lines

76 Fly-tying products
Lamps and magnifiers, capes and ‘effect’ threads

OPINION & NEWS

78 News
What’s new on the trout scene, plus Scottish news.

80 Investigation
Should pike in Ireland’s western trout loughs be managed or simply left alone?

81 Cockwill
Taking a break from the finished product, Peter looks at how the trout-rearing process begins.

82 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

84 Read on the fly
Jeffrey Prest reviews two new flyfishing books

85 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and catch pictures

89 Troutmasters final
All the results and tactics from the prestigious Draycote Water final

95 Match news
Iain Barr celebrates team and individual successes

98 Wading in
The more off-piste recollections from Jeff Prest’s latest Scottish tour...

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 502

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6 Early morning fry-up
TF contributors recall their memorable catches on the fry. Plus 20 killer tips

TACTICS

12 Shrimpy shallows
Iain Barr and Dave Shipman target Grafham’s shrimp feeders in just a foot of water

19 Coping with conditions
How to cope when everything seems to be going against you. Jeff Prest visits Parkview fishery

24 Long live wets
 TF discusses the current status of traditional wet flies and their modern twists

28 How to fish a just-opened water
Follow our guide to dealing with a newly-opened venue – in this case Turnaface Fishery in Ireland

FOCUS ON...

32 Back-end fry bash
How to catch a late-season fry-feeding trout plus seven top fry patterns

34 Size matters
Rob Edmunds reveals his new hybrid pattern that’s proving deadly on hard-fished waters

WHERE TO FISH

41 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

44 Sussex charm
Peter Cockwill visits Brick Farm Lakes and finds a fishery set for a bright future

50 Spotlight on...
 Esthwaite Water in the Lake District

52 Gold rush
Dave Lewis hunts for golden dorado in Argentina

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

62 How to...
Use floatant on dry flies

66 Snowbee advice
How to choose the right pair of waders

FLY-TYING

67 Polar Fry
Follow Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a top fry pattern

70 Flymasters
Your small fry patterns are judged by Peter Gathercole who also sets a new tying challenge

74 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Rough Buzzer

TACKLE

77 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gearincluding jackets, rods, waders and accessories

82 Fly-tying products
Spotlight on picric-dyed materials, a buggy dubbing and a mini hair stacker

OPINION & NEWS

84 News
What’s new on the trout scene plus Scottish news

85 Cockwill
A big fan of the single fly, Peter Cockwill can also see the logic in multiple fly set-ups

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say on all manner of subjects

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

92 Sportfish Team Championships
Team Airflo reveal their winning tactics

95 Match news
Iain Barr’s report from the Autumn Menteith international

98 Angling legend Lefty Kreh
Jeff Prest takes a look at the main man

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 501

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6 Low water success
Steve Cullen shows you how to catch river trout in low water conditions

TACTICS

12 Pick off the pods
Iain Barr and Gareth Jones do meerkat impressions at Chew Valley Lake

18 Foam up your dries
Jonathan Tomlinson switches from small dries to large Poppers to tempt the fish up

24 Sinking to their level
Drew Dickson tries his Hotspot Buzzers to tempt trout feeding just subsurface at Watch Reservoir

30 Spoilt for choice
How to fish Lough Melvin – which hosted the Ladies International this year

36 Beat the blues
Damsel Nymphs tempt battling blue trout at Cornwall’s Siblyback Reservoir

FOCUS ON…

40 Weedbed critters
TF highlights the trout food lurking in the autumn weedbeds

42 Fishing at a snails’ pace
Ireland’s Campbell Baird uses snail patterns to great effect at Eskragh

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
 Late season hotspots on Carsington

52 Guide to Draycote Water
Draycote ranger Tom Bird focuses on the bank spots ready for this year’s Troutmasters Senior Final

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
TF’s expert panel answer your questions on short-lining, offset hooks and positive hook-ups

60 How to...
Paul Procter’s guide to fishing Spiders

64 Snowbee advice
Top buying tips for waterproof clothing

FLY-TYING

65 Foam Post Emerger
Peter Gathercole ties a fly to target trout feeding around the weedbeds

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Yellow Owl dry fly

72 Flymasters
Your snail creations are judged by Peter Gathercole who also sets a new challenge

TACKLE

77 New gear
An indepth look at the latest rods, reels, clothing and accessories

82 Fly-tying products
Stonfo’s dubbing brush machine

OPINION & NEWS

84 News
The latest developments on the trout scene

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
When an old book still rings true today

91 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and catch pictures

95 Match news
Iain Barr’s monthly match column

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest comments on tenkara and its current inner turmoil

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 500

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6 Celebrating 40 years
The men who shaped Trout Fisherman and a look back at key moments in our history

TACTICS

12 It came from the deep!
Gareth Jones switches from dry flies to lures to save the day at Llyn Clywedog

18 Mountain rainbows
Mike Thrussell beats the lowland heat by heading to the hills in search of active trout

24 Glensherup
Scott Pozzi tries a variety of methods and patterns on a hot evening at a Scottish water

28 Top-of-the-water Tinto
Three Tinto regulars showcase their surface techniques

36 Nymphy-lure for browns!
Iain Barr uses a Hare’s Ear and Tadpole hybrid to tempt cracking browns from his local river

41 Let battle commence
Peter Cockwill picks a scorching summer day to target powerful carp with a fly

FOCUS ON...

49 Daddy Longlegs
The lifecycle and top imitations

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

54 Spotlight on...
Late summer hotspots on Draycote

56 Cayman Islands
Some of the UK’s top match anglers enjoy the holiday of a lifetime

ADVICE

62 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on reverse casting, shuttlecock patterns and fishing Buzzers

64 Snowbee advice
The types of leader materials and their uses

66 How to...
Paul Procter’s guide to nymph fishing tactics

FLY-TYING

71 The Muddled Daddy
How to tie this versatile pattern

74 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Blue-flash Damsel

77 Fly evolution
We track the progression of the Invicta and Dabbler as new materials hit the shelves

78 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Daddy Longlegs patterns and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

83 New gear
The Hodgman wading jacket, Snowbee’s Spectre rods, Wychwood waders and more

88 How tackle & clothing has changed
From 70s to now – my God we used to be scruffy!

90 Fly-tying products
Spotlight on synthetic hackles, quills and foam legs

OPINION & NEWS

92 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

94 News
Scottish news and ‘in brief’ stories

95 Junior Troutmasters final
How Morgan Wyn Jones triumphed on his final attempt at Thrunton Long Crag

98 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and catch pictures

102 Match news
Iain Barr discusses England’s selection policy

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest has enjoyed studying TF’s history!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 499

BE INSPIRED

6 Browns of Brittany
Peter Gathercole samples the delights of Brittany’s wild brown trout fishing

TACTICS

12 Delicate artistry
How a light approach can be used to catch on reservoirs in a flat calm

18 Go west
We visit a fishery that offers a four-fish limit bag of specimen fish for just £40!

24 Clatto Fishery
Jeff Prest teams up with a local angler to learn about a water with a very interesting past!

29 Dry wets?
Iain Barr reveals a novel method of fishing wet flies at Carsington Water in Derbyshire

36 Don’t fear an east wind
Mike Thrussell visits a North Wales fishery to prove it is possible to find success in adverse conditions

40 Drift to fresh fish
Fishing fresh, unfished water is the key to success at in-form Farmoor Reservoir

FOCUS ON...

48 Sedges
The life-cycle and top imitations

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Four cracking stillwaters to visit this month

54 Spotlight on...
Loch Leven and its summer hotspots

56 Bones in shallow seas
Matt Harris wades the warm, clear waters of the Bahamas in search of trophy bonefish

ADVICE

62 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on tangle-free drifts, lines for deep water and tapered leaders

66 How to...
Paul Procter’s guide to picking the right lure colour

70 Snowbee advice
Tips on picking the right sinking fly-line

FLY-TYING

71 The Kicking Caddis
Peter Gathercole creates a summer Sedge pattern with bags of movement

74 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Silver Cormorant, the perfect fry imitation all season long

78 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your emerger patterns and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

83 New gear
Hodgman wading boots, Airflo Airlite V2 rod and Snowbee sink-tip fly-lines are reviewed

88 Fly-tying
A look at Sybai’s fine synthetic dubbing, Neon Hackle from Flybox and the Stonfo tool bar

OPINION & NEWS

91 News
Bumper news section revealing all that’s going on in the trout fishing world

95 Cockwill
How a trip down memory lane does our contributor a world of good

96 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

98 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners plus your latest catch photographs from around the country

103 Book reviews
Two more fishing publications get the Jeff Prest treatment

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest is surprised when parking the boat for lunch becomes an event in itself

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 498

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6 In praise of variety
Jonathan Tomlinson catches blues, rainbows and a British record equalling tiger trout all from one lake

TACTICS

12 High noon
Jeff Prest meets two brothers who know how to catch on a very hot day at Balmule

18 Black magic
Stillwater specialist Peter Cockwill highlights the importance of fishing black dries through the season

24 Which flies for peaty water?
James Stokoe enjoys a session at his local Langley Dam – where author Catherine Cookson once lived

29 Rutland browns
Iain Barr catches a magnificent brownie that reminds him of the good old days

34 To stay or go?
Faced with a bright sun and a flat calm should you drift or anchor, fish Buzzers or dries?

40 How to play a fish
West country instructor Nick Hart explains...

FOCUS ON...

45 Olives
The lifecycle and top imitations to try

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Four fisheries to visit this month

54 Spotlight on...
Blagdon Lake in North Somerset

56 Sailfish on fly
Globetrotter Matt Harris tempts the fastest fish in the sea

ADVICE

62 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on leader length, furled leaders and clear water tactics

66 How to...
Paul Procter explains the tactics needed for targeting rising fish

70 New series: Snowbee advice
Simon Kidd on how to choose a sink-tip line

FLY-TYING

71 How to tie a CdC Olive Dun
Step-by-step sequence for tying an olive dry, the perfect summer fly

74 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Mini Montana

78 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your sedge pupa imitations and sets a new tying challenge

TACKLE

83 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods and waders

88 Fly-tying gear
A new Fritz, bobbin holders and seal’s fur

OPINION & NEWS

50 Investigation
Peter Cockwill and Don Coe predict that our future fisheries will be ‘any method’ to remain viable

92 News
Bob Carnill obituary, double-figure Rutland brown trout and much more...

95 Cockwill
The perils of fishing at night

96 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

98 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners plus your latest catch photographs
103 Match news
Iain Barr’s report on the Bob Church Classic

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest explores the dreaded fishery toilet!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 497

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6 Esthwaite goes native
Paul Procter samples sport at Esthwaite which has gone ‘brown trout only’

TACTICS

12 Avoiding group-think
Phil Dixon suggests what to do when trout have seen the same old flies

18 Too many set-ups?
Nick Hart reminds us not to spend too much time changing tactics

24 Eyebrook’s new buzz
Iain Barr enjoys a cracking Buzzer session at an
in-form Eyebrook Reservoir

30 Two simple ways to catch
Try these easy set-ups and catch your first fish!

36 Buzzer evolution
Peter Cockwill examines how buzzer imitations have changed over the last 40 years

40 Deadly new Snakes
Rob Edmunds explains why anglers need a selection of Snake lures in their armoury

FOCUS ON...

44 Damsels
Hatch facts and top imitations for you to try out this season

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Five fisheries from Cornwall to Ayrshire to visit this month

54 Spotlight on...
Llyn Brenig – a guide to the mid summer hotspots for boat and bank

56 San Juan lagoons
Dave Lewis and friends hunt for tarpon in the shadow of a bustling city

ADVICE

62 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on Buzzer fishing, knots and beads

66 How to...
Get the best from your hooks

69 New series: Snowbee advice
Simon Kidd on how to choose a floating line

FLY-TYING

71 How to tie a Damsel Nymph
Peter Gathercole provides a tying sequence

74 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties an Olive Cruncher

78 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Damsel Nymph patterns and sets a new tying challenge

TACKLE

83 New gear
Latest gear reviews including Scierra’s Memento rods and Hodgman jackets

90 Fly-tying gear
Robbie Winram looks at ostrich plumes, hair patches and a new UV-cure resin

OPINION & NEWS

92 News
All the latest “happenings” on the trout scene

95 Cockwill
Highlighting the “sod’s laws” of fly fishing

96 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

98 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners plus a gallery of your latest catch pictures

103 Match news
Iain Barr comments on the current match scene

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest on the idea of hookless flies!

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