TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 503

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BE INSPIRED

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...

OFFERS

31 Subscription offer
Receive an Airflo Outlander mesh vest when you subscribe to Trout Fisherman

40 Reader offer
Half-price Greys GR30 rod outfit – yours for only £119.99!