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


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


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


47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Blithfield Reservoir in Staffordshire


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


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


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


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


46 Subscribe
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