Trout Fisherman Issue 508

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6 Daydreams on Dartmoor
Nick Hart catches pretty wild browns on Devon’s River Dart


12 Free-fallin’
Why fishing on-the-drop is such a good method on pressured stillwaters

18 Problems with Buzzers?
Peter Cockwill explains his winning ways with Buzzers during a visit to Manningford

24 The Rising Fishery
Jeff Prest reports from a fishery with fly-fishing for any species at its core

30 Genghis can
Steve Cullen fishes one of his secret early-season lure patterns on the drop with great results

36 Lines of communication
River specialist Massimo Magliocco on how to approach sections of fast water


41 Spring fly set-ups
Fly combinations to try in the spring

48 What’s hatching?
Buzzer hatches start in earnest this month


51 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

54 Spotlight on....
Llyn Clywedog


58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your angling queries

62 How to...
Tempt fish from hill tarns

66 Tackle advice
Snowbee’s Simon Kidd on sun protection


67 Tie the Flexi-Worm
Peter Gathercole ties a simple but deadly early-season stillwater pattern

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Hopper Popper

74 Fastmail’s spring Buzzers
Phil Dixon picks six top patterns for April

76 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your early-season Buzzer patterns and sets a new challenge


81 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods, reels and lines

88 Fly-tying products
A look at rabbit zonker strips, peacock dubbing and a compact UV torch


90 News
Avington’s new staff, Sportfish show and more...

92 Sparctics are here!
Russ Symons samples the new sparctic trout sport at Hawkridge Reservoir

94 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

96 Cockwill
Peter on rule-breakers and respecting your quarry

98 Troutmasters
Are you amongst this month’s badge winners?

103 Match news
Iain Barr on the transition from lures to nymphs

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest shares the views of women anglers and how the sport can encourage their participation


46 Subscription offer
Get an Airflo SuperDri fly-line worth £59.99  when you subscribe to Trout Fisherman

86 Reader offer
A large Storafly box and 200 flies for only £49.99 – a saving of £145!