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6 Your first...
More readers celebrate their fly-fishing ‘firsts’


8 Early season on Hury
Former Troutmasters champion Andrew Scott tackles the high winds at Hury Reservoir

14 Cast & move
Craig Barr regularly covers new water to find success in very tough conditions

20 Blue lagoon
England Ladies’ Flyfishing team member Phillippa Hake finds the winning colour at Kilnsey Fishery

24 Finding the top corner
An introduction to one man’s aim of celebrating all that’s great about fly-fishing in Northern Ireland

30 Spider man
Steve Cullen offers tackle and tactical advice on fishing Spider patterns

34 Best of frenemies
England’s Scott Nellins explains why grayling actually like us!

38 Global flyfisher
Paul Richardson suggests trying articulated lures to catch trophy trout from rivers


44 April fly set-ups
Five top approaches to try this month


47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this season

50 Spotlight on...
Early season hotspots on Bewl Water

52 Catch memories
A stunning Blagdon rainbow for Russ Symons

53 Cuban flats
John Horsey goes in search of the elusive ‘grand slam’, a permit, tarpon and bonefish in one day


58 Advice squad
Our experts answer your questions on finding the right depth, dropper tangles and more...

62 How to tie...
Tried and tested knots


67 Stimulator
Peter Gathercole ties a pattern that can be fished wet or dry

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Hare’s Ear Cruncher

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your palmered wet fly creations and sets a new challenge


79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram tests out Hardy’s HBX rods, Snowbee Spectre fly lines and more...

84 Fly-tying products
Reviews of colourful dubbings, UV resins and a fly tying display set


86 News & reader competition
Latest on the trout scene PLUS Win a Shakespeare seat box worth £79.99

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
Peter addresses the Grayling Society

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

95 Iain Barr
No more negativity on social media and the new season ahead

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest on fly-fishing’s latest encounter with the fashion world


46 Subscription offer
Get an Airflo Outlander mesh vest when you subscribe to Trout Fisherman magazine

78 Reader offer
A complete trout fishing outfit for just £99.99 – a saving of £164.95!