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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


32 Subscribe
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34 Reader offer
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