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6 Your first
TF readers reveal some of their fly-fishing ‘firsts’


8 A venue for the future
Graiglwyd Springs combines excellent value fishing with quality holiday accommodation

12 The joy of a 4wt!
Peter Cockwill adopts a light approach at a well-established small water fishery

18 Global Flyfisher NEW SERIES
Top techniques from around the world that you can use to target fish on your home waters

24 Buzzers in the cold
Russ Symons has a ‘light bulb’ moment and turns to the New Zealand method to find success

28 Unnatural causes
Forget ‘imitative’. A Purple Nasty is all they want at Yorkshire’s Leighton Reservoir

34 The weighting game
England international Phil Dixon alters his depth and fly weight to suit conditions on the river


42 10 winter fishing tips
Top advice to maximise your changes of catching in the cold

44 New season goals
TF contributors and social media friends share their hopes for the new season


47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Ethiopia
Bob Marley’s spiritual home is just as appealing to trout, as Jasper Onslow discovers.


54 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

58 How to...
Choose a set of waders plus top safety advice when wading from Paul Procter


63 Sunburst Buzzer
Peter Gathercole ties a fly for those calm, early season days

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Mini Flashback Blue Damsel

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your hair-wing dries and sets a new challenge

75 It’s open vice night
Where would you turn if you had to assemble fly patterns from whatever you could find lying around...


79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Orvis wading boots, Hardy Classic luggage and more...

84 Fly-tying products
UV torches, resins and an extensive colour range of holographic tinsels


86 News
The latest from the trout fishing scene, plus Ian Muckle’s report on sport in Scottish

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
Peter explains why fishing in the Alaskan wilderness holds such a special place in his heart

91 Troutmasters
The final list of badge winners from 2018

95 Iain Barr
The former world champion looks ahead to the new season on the major reservoirs

98 Wading in
Fishing seems to capture the modern sculptor’s imagination like no other sport. Jeff Prest asks why.


46 Reader offer
Half-price Greys rod outfit – yours for only £114.99

74 Subscription offer
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