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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


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

70 Flymasters
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
fly rods

80 Fly-tying products
Tying with Fasna hooks, Semperfli’s twisted pure silk and Stonfo’s Coccodrillo gadget


82 News
Latest from the trout scene

84 Investigation
Jeff Prest asks whether anglers want variety of fish stock or quality

87 Cockwill
Discusses the joys of guiding and other things

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Troutmasters
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
Save up to 51% when you subscribe to Trout Fisherman magazine this month

74 Reader offer
Get a Storafly box and 150 assorted flies for only £29.99 – a saving of £84!