TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 501

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BE INSPIRED

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

OFFERS

46 Reader offer
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76 Subscription offer
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