6 The finest fish that swims?
Editor Russell Hill on why we should revere our native brown trout...
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
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
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
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
Peter Gathercole judges your synthetic lure patterns and sets a new challenge
75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Daiwa’s Silvercreek
80 Fly-tying products
Tying with Fasna hooks, Semperfli’s twisted pure silk and Stonfo’s Coccodrillo gadget
OPINION & NEWS
Latest from the trout scene
Jeff Prest asks whether anglers want variety of fish stock or quality
Discusses the joys of guiding and other things
Trout Fisherman readers have their say
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!
42 Subscription offer
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74 Reader offer
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