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


8 Weed-watcher
Iain Barr takes full advantage of Chew’s shallow, weed-fringed bays

14 West coast brownies
Prize-winners enjoy the majesty of Ireland’s loughs Mask and Conn

20 Odd one in
Hanningfield is Northumbrian Waters’ outlying asset in Essex!

25 Bugs for blues
Faced with some wily trout at Rockbourne fishery Russ Symons knows which fly to turn to...

30 Set your alarm!
Rob Edmunds makes an early start to find some quality reservoir residents


34 Boiling hot
When faced with the heat of summer, aerators and boils offer the best chance of success

36 Summer favourites
Six top flies to fish through the hot weather


41 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

44 Pottishaw Fishery
A Scottish fishery where the trout aren’t the only ones on the feed

50 Spotlight on...
Esthwaite Water in the Lake District


52 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on Lake of Menteith tactics, fluorocarbon and rising fish

55 Fly-fishing gadgets
Paul Procter picks his top accessories


59 The Big Red
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a stillwater favourite dry fly

62 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Flash ‘Bach’ Diawl, a proven fish-catcher on waters large and small

66 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your terrestrial patterns and sets a new challenge


73 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Wychwood luggage, Airflo wading boots and Vision’s Hybrid jacket, plus the latest fly-tying products

80 The evolution of a carp fly rod
Carp on fly specialist Dave Felce helps develop a carp fly rod


40 Catch memories
Dave Malpas’ memories of swearing priests on Ireland’s River Moy

82 News
Potential carp on fly record and other news from the trout scene

85 Cockwill
A look behind the scenes of Peter’s memorable trips to Jurassic Lake

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Iain Barr
Algal blooms don’t always mean ‘unfishable’ waters, says former world champion

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

94 Junior Troutmasters Final
The winning tactics and stories from the big event at Thrunton fishery

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest’s amusing tale of something we can all relate to – ripped waders!


72 Reader offer
Save up to £109.99 on a Greys GR70 Streamflex rod – yours from only £150!

99 Subscription offer
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