TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 520

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BE INSPIRED

6 Your first
TF readers share their fly-fishing ‘firsts’...

INVESTIGATION

8 Going to extremes
Fred Bainbridge comments on over-priced tying materials and their cheaper alternatives

TACTICS

14 Bars of bronze
Iain Barr visits in-form Pitsford Water which is flexing its muscles as regards big browns

20 Early season brown trout
A Danish strain of browns are proving a draw at Esthwaite Water, as Paul Procter discovers

25 Drop zone!
Phil Dixon fishes flies static at Westlow Mere

30 Back-drifting
It’s controversial, but a great method for beginners, as Gareth Jones explains

36 Hang man
An exclusive look at the revamped Airflo Sixth Sense fly lines with their ‘hang zones’

40 Lures for rivers
Fred Bainbridge tries Streamers on his favourite River Ure

FOCUS ON...

45 Just do it!
Make 2019 a season to remember with our top tips

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Three top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
In-form Pitsford Water

52 Belize bones
Fancy a ‘once in a lifetime’ bonefish trip?

57 Catch memories
Dave Malpas recalls a great session on the River Wye

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on how to avoid tailing loops, fly identification and leader shine

62 How to...
Paul Procter’s top tips on fishing rivers in spring

FLY-TYING

67 Hothead Tadpoles
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Buzzer with a bit of bling

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your weighted quill nymphs and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews the new Greys GR60 rods, a magnetic fly patch and much more...

84 Fly-tying products
Tying with a new Fritz material, marabou plumes, specialist Blob hooks and prepared Booby eyes

OPINIONS & NEWS

86 News
What’s new on the trout scene, plus Ian Muckle’s report on sport in Scotland

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
Struggling with the ferocious wind at Argentina’s Strobel lake catching the world’s best rainbows

91 Troutmasters
Are you among the first badge winners of 2019?

95 Iain Barr
Will a change in the selection process for the World and European fly-fishing teams bring success?

98 Winter fishing
How to motivate yourself to go fly-fishing through the winter

OFFERS

66 Reader offer
Half-price Greys GR10 rod outfit – yours for only £114.99

78 Subscription offer
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