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6 Your first
Readers share stories of their fly-fishing ‘firsts’ from fish catches to Troutmasters badges


8 Ditch the beads!
Peter Cockwill questions the use of bead heads on imitative nymphs

14 Tempt fish from deep
Steve Cullen’s key methods to target deep-feeding trout in the heat of summer

20 The next generation
A teenager from Scotland discusses how he sees the sport of fly-fishing

26 Growth industry
Kielder Water embraces the ‘family’ and becomes all things to all people

32 Fishing with Tarrant!
John Horsey goes in search of buzzer-feeding trout at Chew Valley with one of angling’s top celebrities

37 Shock of flats
Fred Bainbridge exploits the Yorkshire Aire’s slow shallow stretches


42 Late summer set-ups
Rob Edmunds reveals his successful fly set-ups for the reservoirs

44 Six hot picks
Phil Dixon selects his favourite Fastmail flies for late summer sessions


47 UK waters
Details of four top stillwater trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Lancashire’s Stocks Reservoir and where to find the best sport in July & August

52 Peace and Polaroids
We visit Cornwall’s Tree Meadow, one of the most south-westerly stillwater trout fisheries in the UK


56 Advice squad
Target a reservoir’s specimen trout

62 How to...
Tackle up and choose the correct knots


67 Elk Hair Sedge
Follow our simple step-by-step

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a sparkle version of the ever-popular Montana nymph

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Emerging Sedge patterns and sets a new challenge


79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Mackenzie rods, Airflo lines, Daiwa clothing and more...


61 Catch memories
Former England world team member Dave Malpas recalls the shambolic 1983 event in Italy

84 News
The latest news from the trout scene PLUS win a Hardy HBX rod worth £899

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
Peter Cockwill takes a nostalgic look back on his angling life

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

96 Iain Barr
Our former world champion chats about pinfry and green midge

97 Book reviews
Two publications under the spotlight

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest asks why do some ignore a rise?


36 Subscription offer
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78 Reader offer
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