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6 Your first
Readers share stories of their fly-fishing ‘firsts’


8 Dabblers & Daddies
Iain Barr tries typical autumn tactics at Eyebrook reservoir

14 Fishing on the edge
Mike Thrussell uses the wind lanes to his advantage at Llyn Cynwch in North Wales

20 Back to Bachs
Why today’s fly-fishers shouldn’t dismiss the deadly Diawl Bach

26 Direct line insurance
Fred Bainbridge keeps a tight line to his bugs on Yorkshire’s River Swale

31 The big day
We all dream of that first ‘double’, but how much of a culture shock is hooking one?

36 Large water pike on fly
Predator expert Matt Roberts guides you through the essential tactics and tackle


42 Daddy set-ups
Steve Cullen selects his six top stillwater leader set-ups for autumn

44 Early autumn flies
Proven fish-catchers from Fastmail


47 UK waters
Three top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Late summer hotspots at Llyn Brenig

52 Gone with the wind
Andrew Scott chooses a breezy day to highlight another Northumbrian Water fishery


58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your fly-fishing questions

62 How the right fly
Paul Procter makes fly selection easier by highlighting what they represent


67 Tie a Hopper
Follow Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a great Hopper pattern

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Sugar Cube Shipman’s Buzzer

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your CDC-winged Hopper entries and sets a new challenge


79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Scierra’s new competition rods, Airflo’s boat seat and more

83 Fly-tying products
An innovative storage system for tools and materials plus a reflective sheet material


46 Catch memories
Dave Malpas recalls an eventful salmon fishing trip to Lough Carrowmore

84 News
Saving fish, interviews and what’s new on the trout scene

88 Letters
Readers have their say on purists, tackle prices, newcomers to fly-fishing and more...

90 Cockwill
On the escape tactics of farmed trout. Just how do they manage to get into certain ponds?

91 Book reviews
Another new publication gets the Jeff Prest treatment

93 Troutmasters
Are you among this month’s badge winners?

98 Wading in
When fishing is easily-accessed at the foot of your garden!


73 Subscription offer
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78 Reader offer
The Daiwa wading waistcoat is packed with storage options and is yours for only £24!