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6 Your first
Trout Fisherman readers share their fly-fishing ‘firsts’


8 Sparctic rolls
Phil Dixon hunts the new fish on the block at Ellerdine Fishery

14 What exactly is a buzzer?
Everything you need to know about this humble insect and how to fish the imitation

18 Is there anything out there?
Peter Cockwill is faced with a flat calm at Kingfisher Trout Fishery and has to go deep

24 There’s more to lure fishing
It’s not about pull pull pull, there’s far more to fishing lures than you think...

28 Stay away from the crowd
Gareth Jones uses Airflo’s upgraded Sixth Sense line to good effect at Thornton Reservoir

34 Head for the hills
Mike Thrussell catches wild browns in the Welsh mountains


40 First-timer?
Trout Fisherman’s essential information for those new to the sport

42 No going back...
If you’re new to boat angling Jeff Prest has some top advice...

44 Fly combos for May
Six set-ups for success this month


47 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Spring hotspots on Grafham Water

52 Catch memories
Dave Malpas recalls his first fish on a Balling Buzzer


54 Advice squad
How to set up a drift with a drogue

58 How to...
Get the best from CDC feathers


63 Yellow Mayfly Dun
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step sequence

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Green Flashback Fraser Nymph

69 Forgotten fly heroes
Jeff Prest on killer flies that have fallen out of favour

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your flies with sparkle and translucency, and sets a new challenge

74 Bloods & Buzzers
Phil Dixon highlights his six Fastmail favourites


77 Gear on test
Rods, fly lines, waders and more

82 Fly-tying products
Fasna hooks, Deer Creek rabbit and Veniard fly finish


84 News
Latest on the trout scene PLUS Win a Greys GRC rod outfit worth £199.99

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
A fishery manager gets used to mishaps!

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

94 Iain Barr
Buzzer fishing tips from the former World Champion

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest bemoans a life in thrall to false casting


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

76 Reader offer
A large Storafly box and 200 fly patterns for just £39.99 – a saving of £115!