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

36 A fight you’ll never forget
Mike Thrussell targets blue sharks with fly patterns off the Irish coast


8 Rich bounty
Peter Cockwill visits an established stillwater that provides a great all-round angling experience

14 Jewel in the crown
Learn how to catch wild browns and rainbows at Northumbrian Water’s most popular fishery

20 Find the zone
Gareth Jones and Robbie Winram enjoy a Buzzer session at Rutland

26 First time on a summer lake?
A guide to the tactics and flies you’ll need to find success on a small stillwater

30 The forgotten river
If you’ve had your fill of the great southern chalkstreams try the unsung Rother


42 Set-ups for mid summer
Steve Cullen’s chosen leader set-ups for stillwaters large and small

44 Top six for summer
Phil Dixon selects six Fastmail patterns that he’ll fish through the warmer months


46 Catch memories
A rock-solid take turns into something of a surprise for Dave Malpas

47 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Llyn Clywedog

52 A good Rede
James Stokoe and Marina Gibson explore Northumberland’s River Rede for sea trout advice

56 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on summer sea-trout sport, rod licences and fly lines

60 How to...
Buy the right rod – Paul Procter has all the advice you’ll need to make the right choice


65 The Red Collar Buzzer
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a deadly summer Buzzer pattern

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a simple CDC Hawthorn fly

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your freshly-emerged mayfly dun imitations and sets a new challenge


77 Gear on test
Snowbee’s new Prestige G-XS rods, Orvis Pro waistcoat plus new flies for 2019

82 Fly-tying products
Tying with Patriot barbless hooks, Cheeky UV and Block jelly fritz


84 News
Latest news from the trout scene and a focus on Scotland

87 Cockwill
Peter relives a whole host of fun fishing memories

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

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

97 Iain Barr
Report from the Bob Church Classic at Rutland and the best way to fish nymphs

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest discovers a fly-fishing book that stands out from the rest


59 Subscription offer
How you can subscribe to Trout Fisherman magazine for just £3.10 a month

71 Reader offer
Save up to £109.99 on a Greys GR70 rod!