TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 528

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

8 Go with the flow
Steve Cullen’s indepth guide to fish location on rivers during low water

15 Start salmon fishing
Jeff Prest visits the ideal place to begin – the Dunkeld House Hotel beat on the River Tay

20 Grafham on form
After a dull 2018 season, the Cambridgeshire venue is back on form, as Iain Barr discovers

26 Goldenloch
Jeff Prest learns about autumn tactics at this Scottish small water

30 Fry feeders
Russ Symons tackles the hungry rainbows at his local Wimbleball Reservoir

34 All hell breaks loose
Peter Cockwill puts stalking tactics to the test at clear water Chalk Springs fishery

FOCUS ON...

40 Fry-feeder set-ups
Reservoir ace Rob Edmunds selects his top four set-ups for late season fry-feeders

42 Mobile fry patterns
Phil Dixon picks his favourite six from the Fastmail collection

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Details of three top trout fisheries from around the country to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Late autumn bank and boat hotspots, tactics and flies for Rutland Water

52 Snook on the fly in Belize
Tempting these hard-fighting fish from line-breaking snags is an experience you’ll never forget!

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on feeding depths and match fishing

62 How to...
Understand rivers with expert Paul Procter

FLY-TYING

67 The Popper Minkie
Follow Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Quill Emerger

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your wet and nymph-style Corixa entries and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews new rods, leader material, a waterproof jacket and more...

83 Fly-tying products
Synthetic tapered biots plus two useful tools

OPINIONS & NEWS

46 Catch memories
Dave Malpas recalls an incredible salmon session!

84 News
Latest news on the trout scene plus match results and interviews

87 Cockwill
Looking back at the pressure of producing the goods while on feature days for TF

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Iain Barr
A quick rule change moan before sharing fry feeding tactics

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

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest recalls his memories of the late great Bob Church

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 527

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

8 Dabblers & Daddies
Iain Barr tries typical autumn tactics at Eyebrook reservoir

14 Fishing on the edge
Mike Thrussell uses the wind lanes to his advantage at Llyn Cynwch in North Wales

20 Back to Bachs
Why today’s fly-fishers shouldn’t dismiss the deadly Diawl Bach

26 Direct line insurance
Fred Bainbridge keeps a tight line to his bugs on Yorkshire’s River Swale

31 The big day
We all dream of that first ‘double’, but how much of a culture shock is hooking one?

36 Large water pike on fly
Predator expert Matt Roberts guides you through the essential tactics and tackle

FOCUS ON...

42 Daddy set-ups
Steve Cullen selects his six top stillwater leader set-ups for autumn

44 Early autumn flies
Proven fish-catchers from Fastmail

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Three top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Late summer hotspots at Llyn Brenig

52 Gone with the wind
Andrew Scott chooses a breezy day to highlight another Northumbrian Water fishery

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your fly-fishing questions

62 How to...select the right fly
Paul Procter makes fly selection easier by highlighting what they represent

FLY-TYING

67 Tie a Hopper
Follow Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a great Hopper pattern

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Sugar Cube Shipman’s Buzzer

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your CDC-winged Hopper entries and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Scierra’s new competition rods, Airflo’s boat seat and more

83 Fly-tying products
An innovative storage system for tools and materials plus a reflective sheet material

OPINIONS & NEWS

46 Catch memories
Dave Malpas recalls an eventful salmon fishing trip to Lough Carrowmore

84 News
Saving fish, interviews and what’s new on the trout scene

88 Letters
Readers have their say on purists, tackle prices, newcomers to fly-fishing and more...

90 Cockwill
On the escape tactics of farmed trout. Just how do they manage to get into certain ponds?

91 Book reviews
Another new publication gets the Jeff Prest treatment

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

98 Wading in
When fishing is easily-accessed at the foot of your garden!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 526

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

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

FOCUS ON...

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

WHERE TO FISH

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

ADVICE

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

FLY-TYING

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

TACKLE

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

OPINIONS & NEWS

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!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 525

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

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

FOCUS ON...

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

WHERE TO FISH

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

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
Target a reservoir’s specimen trout

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

FLY-TYING

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

TACKLE

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

OPINION & NEWS

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?

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 524

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

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

FOCUS ON...

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

WHERE TO FISH

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

FLY-TYING

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

TACKLE

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

OPINION & NEWS

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

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 523

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

8 Lines of attack
Steve Cullen highlights the need for a variety of fly lines when tackling stillwaters

14 Ravo’s brutes!
Top match angler Rob Edmunds on how to target Raventhorpe’s doubles

20 Turn your world upside down
Why hooks that sit the ‘wrong way round’ are enjoying a resurgence on the match scene

26 Sheer quality
Thornwood Springs fishery has made significant improvements, as Peter Cockwill discovers

32 Over the moor
We visit Scaling Dam, one of Northumbria Water’s more unsung venues

38 Global flyfisher
In America Paul Richardson learns all about ‘short game’ tactics on the rivers

FOCUS ON...

42 Fly combos for June
Peter Cockwill provides six lines of attack that will work on a range of fisheries

44 Fly box essentials
Phil Dixon picks six favourite Fastmail flies for spring

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Late spring hotspots at Draycote

52 Rod fathers
A celebration of the role our dads, granddads and other fine chaps played in helping us take up fishing

54 Catch memories
A memorable double bag limit at Chew Valley

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
Leader material for dry fly tactics, protecting scissor tips and how to encourage newcomers into the sport

60 How to tie...
Sparse flies with top tips from Paul Procter

FLY-TYING

65 Flashback Damsel Nymph
A deadly June pattern for stillwaters

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons on how to tie a Sedgehog

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your detached body Mayflies and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

77 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Shakespeare and Orvis rods, Hardy reels, Airflo clothing and more

82 Fly-tying products
We try Gunville foam cutters, Semperfli wire and Veniard chenille

OPINIONS & NEWS

84 News
Latest from the trout fishing scene, plus Ian Muckle’s report on sport in Scotland

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
How our feathered fishing companions can delight and frustrate in equal measure

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

95 Iain Barr
The world-class matchman offers his top tips on catching in a flat calm

98 Wading in
Fishing’s peace and quiet will be its saviour says Jeff Prest

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 522

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

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

FOCUS ON...

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

WHERE TO FISH

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

ADVICE

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

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

FLY-TYING

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

TACKLE

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

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

OPINIONS & NEWS

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

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76 Reader offer
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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 521

BE INSPIRED

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

TACTICS

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

FOCUS ON...

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

WHERE TO FISH

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

ADVICE

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

FLY-TYING

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

TACKLE

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

OPINION & NEWS

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

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 520

BE INSPIRED

6 Your first
TF readers share their fly-fishing ‘firsts’...

INVESTIGATION

8 Going to extremes
Fred Bainbridge comments on over-priced tying materials and their cheaper alternatives

TACTICS

14 Bars of bronze
Iain Barr visits in-form Pitsford Water which is flexing its muscles as regards big browns

20 Early season brown trout
A Danish strain of browns are proving a draw at Esthwaite Water, as Paul Procter discovers

25 Drop zone!
Phil Dixon fishes flies static at Westlow Mere

30 Back-drifting
It’s controversial, but a great method for beginners, as Gareth Jones explains

36 Hang man
An exclusive look at the revamped Airflo Sixth Sense fly lines with their ‘hang zones’

40 Lures for rivers
Fred Bainbridge tries Streamers on his favourite River Ure

FOCUS ON...

45 Just do it!
Make 2019 a season to remember with our top tips

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Three top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
In-form Pitsford Water

52 Belize bones
Fancy a ‘once in a lifetime’ bonefish trip?

57 Catch memories
Dave Malpas recalls a great session on the River Wye

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on how to avoid tailing loops, fly identification and leader shine

62 How to...
Paul Procter’s top tips on fishing rivers in spring

FLY-TYING

67 Hothead Tadpoles
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Buzzer with a bit of bling

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your weighted quill nymphs and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews the new Greys GR60 rods, a magnetic fly patch and much more...

84 Fly-tying products
Tying with a new Fritz material, marabou plumes, specialist Blob hooks and prepared Booby eyes

OPINIONS & NEWS

86 News
What’s new on the trout scene, plus Ian Muckle’s report on sport in Scotland

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
Struggling with the ferocious wind at Argentina’s Strobel lake catching the world’s best rainbows

91 Troutmasters
Are you among the first badge winners of 2019?

95 Iain Barr
Will a change in the selection process for the World and European fly-fishing teams bring success?

98 Winter fishing
How to motivate yourself to go fly-fishing through the winter

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 519

BE INSPIRED

6 Your first
TF readers reveal some of their fly-fishing ‘firsts’

TACTICS

8 A venue for the future
Graiglwyd Springs combines excellent value fishing with quality holiday accommodation

12 The joy of a 4wt!
Peter Cockwill adopts a light approach at a well-established small water fishery

18 Global Flyfisher NEW SERIES
Top techniques from around the world that you can use to target fish on your home waters

24 Buzzers in the cold
Russ Symons has a ‘light bulb’ moment and turns to the New Zealand method to find success

28 Unnatural causes
Forget ‘imitative’. A Purple Nasty is all they want at Yorkshire’s Leighton Reservoir

34 The weighting game
England international Phil Dixon alters his depth and fly weight to suit conditions on the river

FOCUS ON...

42 10 winter fishing tips
Top advice to maximise your changes of catching in the cold

44 New season goals
TF contributors and social media friends share their hopes for the new season

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Ethiopia
Bob Marley’s spiritual home is just as appealing to trout, as Jasper Onslow discovers.

ADVICE

54 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

58 How to...
Choose a set of waders plus top safety advice when wading from Paul Procter

FLY-TYING

63 Sunburst Buzzer
Peter Gathercole ties a fly for those calm, early season days

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Mini Flashback Blue Damsel

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your hair-wing dries and sets a new challenge

75 It’s open vice night
Where would you turn if you had to assemble fly patterns from whatever you could find lying around...

TACKLE

79 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews Orvis wading boots, Hardy Classic luggage and more...

84 Fly-tying products
UV torches, resins and an extensive colour range of holographic tinsels

OPINIONS & NEWS

86 News
The latest from the trout fishing scene, plus Ian Muckle’s report on sport in Scottish

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

90 Cockwill
Peter explains why fishing in the Alaskan wilderness holds such a special place in his heart

91 Troutmasters
The final list of badge winners from 2018

95 Iain Barr
The former world champion looks ahead to the new season on the major reservoirs

98 Wading in
Fishing seems to capture the modern sculptor’s imagination like no other sport. Jeff Prest asks why.

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74 Subscription offer
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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 518

BE INSPIRED

6 Your first...
TF readers reveal their fly-fishing firsts...

8 12 months, 12 recruits?
Paul Richardson shares the lessons he learnt when trying to get 12 people into fly-fishing

TACTICS

14 Headwind action
Why getting distance and turnover into a headwind can make a world of difference

20 It’s time for big browns
Those huge browns are stocked in winter, so now’s the time to catch them

26 When amber means go!
A northern angler has success with that top winter pattern, the Amber Apps’ Worm

32 Better Booby fishing!
If there’s one fly that reigns supreme in winter it has to the Booby, as Steve Cullen explains

38 The Wednesday Fly
Why using unusual colour combinations can provoke more takes

FOCUS ON...

42 Make your gear last!
Prolong the life of your fishing gear

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Exhilarating Exmouth
A fishing paradise in north-west Australia

ADVICE

54 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

57 Fly rod hunting?
Top tips if you are planning on buying a new rod

58 How to...
Fish nymphs in winter

FLY-TYING

63 Pearly Invicta Muddler
Follow Peter Gathercole’s sequence

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Black Poodle, an old-time pattern enjoying something of a resurgence

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your modern mini lure/wet fly entries and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

75 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews the new Greys Combo outfits, Scierra neoprene waders and more...

80 Fly-tying products
Lever-action vice, suede chenille and hare dubbings

OPINIONS & NEWS

82 News
Win a stay in France, book tickets for fishing shows and what’s new on the trout scene

84 Buyer beware
The perils of buying ‘cheap’ tackle on eBay

85 Book & DVD reviews
Jeffrey Prest peruses the latest offerings

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Tackling jargon
What do some of those terms in the tackle brochures actually mean? We find out...

90 Cockwill
In celebration of the many trout species now out there

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

95 Iain Barr
The former world champion reveals his top tips for winter sport on small stillwaters

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest investigates a new species of brown trout found in a Scottish loch

OFFERS

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74 Reader offer
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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 517

BE INSPIRED

6 Your first...
We share your fly-fishing ‘firsts’

TACTICS

8 Late season bank raid
Iain Barr gets up early to target Rutland’s big trout lying just yards from the shore

14 They still work!
Peter Cockwill fishes ‘old-fashioned’ wet flies at a rain-sodden Rib Valley lakes

20 The bare essentials
TF meets one angler who uses only four flies throughout a season

26 Glorious grayling
Top tips for late season sport

36 Mat finish?
TF talks catch and release with coarse anglers and asks if fly fishermen should use mats

INVESTIGATION

37 Fish farming
Jeff Prest gains insight into how our trout are farmed and how one farm has become very efficient

FOCUS ON...

42 Winter fishing
How to stay warm and dry this winter plus some tips to help you catch more

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top waters to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Winter tactics for Rutland Water

52 Big fish & bear country
Wild adventures on Alaska’s Kodiak Island

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on fry-feeding, wading boot soles and tying techniques

59 How to...
Catch a grayling with river specialist Paul Procter

FLY-TYING

63 The Humungus
Peter Gathercole ties a firm fry-feeding favourite for late season on stillwaters

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Winter Beady that will actually catch all year round

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks six successful flies for winter sport

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your mobile weighted lure patterns and sets a new tying challenge

TACKLE

77 Gear on test
Robbie Winram reviews rods, waders, clothing, luggage and more...

82 Fly-tying products
Reviews of Extreme String, Slush Jelly and Easy Dub

OPINIONS & NEWS

84 News
Pike v trout feud rages on in Ireland and much more from the trout scene

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Taxidermy: is it an ethical way to preserve fish?

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

93 Iain Barr
The 2019 World Bank Masters is launched

94 Match tips
England International John Horsey makes the case for competition fly-fishing

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest describes the end of his love affair with Boobies

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 516

BE INSPIRED

6 Your first...
We share your fly-fishing ‘firsts’

8 Did I lose a record grayling?
Steve Cullen recalls a memorable session on a Yorkshire chalkstream

TACTICS

14 Think like a matchman
Gareth Jones explains why it pays to have an adaptable line of attack

20 Primed for action
Paul Richardson adopts a two-rod approach to find the right method after a hot summer

26 Simply Buzzing
Don’t write off the humble Buzzer in winter. We find out why at Scotland’s Bangour fishery

32 Autumn tips
Top tips as the waters cool and winter approaches

34 Follow the wind
Mike Thrussell uses a proven theory when tackling a stillwater for the first time

FOCUS ON...

38 Fry-feeding time
All you need to know about the trout’s main prey at fry-bashing time, plus 10 top patterns to try now

42 In search of big browns
Top tactics from Rob Edmunds

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
London’s Walthamstow Reservoirs

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

56 How to...
Search a river – expert tips from Paul Procter

FLY-TYING

61 Flashback Cruncher
Peter Gathercole ties a nymph that will serve you well around the weedbeds

64 Flybox fillers
Step-by-step instructions for a simple but effective mini Buzzer, perfect as winter approaches

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks six mobile lures to try this winter

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your fur-strip wing patterns and sets a new tying challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods, lines and clothing

80 Fly-tying products
Predator hooks, squirrel dubbing and more...

OPINION & NEWS

46 Barbed v barbless hooks
Three TF contributors give us their views

82 News
Latest from the trout scene

84 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

86 Cockwill
Why Peter prefers fishing in company rather than solitude as the years go by

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

91 Troutmasters final
How the top three anglers caught their fish and our promise to deliver the correct results

95 Iain Barr
Troutmasters was such a great day out

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest finds himself alone at a fishery and craves someone to talk to! No one cares!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 515

BE INSPIRED

6 Glass fibre rods
David Felce raves about glass fibre rods while on holiday in Spain fly-fishing for carp

TACTICS

12 Dries under your feet
Iain Barr crouches down and flicks small dry flies out to shrimp feeders at Rutland

18 Feel over sight!
One angler’s opinion that indicators are no match for ‘feel’ when fishing

24 Hoppers at any depth
Gareth Jones fishes a traditional dry fly on a sinking line at Eyebrook!

FOCUS ON...

29 Autumn set-ups
Four top fly combinations

34 Growth industry
How fisheries and anglers can deal with weed

36 Fish the weedbeds
Catch trout feeding on snails, corixa and sticklebacks

38 Flymasters champion
Jeffrey Prest meets a top fly-tyer at Aldin Grange fishery to discuss all things fishy!

WHERE TO FISH

43 UK waters
Three top trout fisheries to visit this month

45 Born again
There are some big changes afoot at Ravensnest fishery in South Wales. Peter Cockwill investigates

50 Spotlight on...
Llyn Trawsfynydd in North Wales

52 Start fly-fishing at Meon
A friendly place to start down south

ADVICE

54 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions

58 How to...
Paul Procter’s top tips on fishing with nymphs

FLY-TYING

63 Perch Zonker
Peter Gathercole ties a killer fry pattern for the back end of the season

66 Flybox fillers
Step-by step to an easy-to-tie Black Pinfry

70 Fastmail flies
Six more autumn patterns described by England’s Phil Dixon

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your fry imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

77 New gear
Robbie Winram looks at the latest gear including Cortland rods and Vision waders

82 Fly-tying products
New hooks from Ahrex, plus Neon Hackle, Bugger Bou and holographic tinsel

OPINIONS & NEWS

84 News
Latest from the trout scene

87 Are line weights correct?
Clearing the confusion around line ratings. They’re not always correct it seems

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

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

94 Book reviews
Two more books get the Jeff Prest treatment

95 Iain Barr
Why this could be a terrific late season

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest describes his journey to find the ultimate wet weather gear – with hilarious consequences!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 514

BE INSPIRED

6 Get a Monk on
If the trout are hot and bothered, try for carp on fly. Peter Cockwill tests out his new patterns

TACTICS

12 Squatter’s rights!
Iain Barr crouches low to target Grafham’s shrimp-feeders with his new flies

18 Worth the effort
Nick Hart works extra hard to catch late-season browns at Wimbleball Reservoir

23 Silver from the surf
Top tips for catching bass on the fly

26 Match the thatch
Peter Cockwill selects flies a similar shade to the weed because insects do the same!

32 The humble Hopper
Steve Cullen sings the praises of this highly-successful surface pattern

36 Dee Valley Spider-swing
Paul Richardson covers more water by swinging Spiders on the River Dee in Wales

FOCUS ON…

44 Daddies
Get ready for this autumn highlight

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Kennick Reservoir in Devon

52 Otterburn Castle
A historic retreat with its own stretch of river

ADVICE

56 Advice squad
Fishing Buzzers, hot weather sport and the ‘J’ knot

59 How to...
Pick the right tippet material

FLY-TYING

65 Tie the Halfhog
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a top autumn pattern

68 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties an ‘unsinkable’ Daddy

72 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks his top autumn fly patterns

74 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Hopper imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

79 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Wychwood fly lines and Scierra waders

84 Fly-tying products
Tying with Hardwear tools, hotspot vinyl and compara cow elk

OPINIONS & NEWS

86 News
Fishing4Schools, fly fairs and the sad loss of Tony Fordham

88 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say on fly-fishing for pike and mixed-method fisheries

90 Cockwill
Fishing still has the capacity to surprise us, as Peter explains...

91 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners plus your latest catch pictures from around the UK

95 Iain Barr
Scierra Pairs tactics and why this could be a great late season

98 Wading in
Is there a move within fishing to gradually isolate killing trout?

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 513

BE INSPIRED

6 Jet off to Iceland
Peter Gathercole and pals enjoy the newly-opened West Ranga’s wild browns

TACTICS

12 Cool springs
Peter Cockwill takes advantage of Bigwell Fishery’s cold water on a scorching hot day

18 Bring me sunshine
Nick Halstead’s tips on how to catch in the heat on small waters

24 Catch corixa feeders
Gareth Jones catches free-rising trout on dries at Eyebrook Reservoir

30 Taps to takes!
10 top tips to beat fish taking short

32 Cast down the line
Target brown trout lying along the edge of the weed line at an upland water

FOCUS ON...

37 Sedge
The stages to imitate and top patterns

WHERE TO FISH

39 UK waters
Four top trout fisheries to visit this month

42 Dry fly, Italian style
Central Italy’s Nera river is a classic dry fly stream well worth investigation

46 La Cascade
A newly-established fishery in northern France

50 Spotlight on...
Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your fly-fishing questions

56 How to...
Beat the heat on rivers

FLY-TYING

61 Soft-hackle Sedge Pupa
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step instructions for a late summer fly

64 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties an Elk Hair Caddis, one of the most popular adult sedge imitations

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon picks his top September fly patterns

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your terrestrial imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Daiwa Wilderness rods and Vision Vibe line

80 Fly-tying products
Cam-lever vices, threads and feathers

OPINION & NEWS

74 Book reviews
Jeffrey Prest reviews two recent additions to the fly-fishing library

82 News
Latest news from the trout scene

84 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

86 Cockwill
Why we should respect our fish farmers

87 Junior Troutmasters final
A full report from Thrunton Long Crag and the excellent standard of the youngsters taking part

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

95 Iain Barr
The importance of the Booby-Basher sinking line

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest’s funny observations from the Junior Troutmasters final

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 512

BE INSPIRED

6 Old gear V new
Two anglers go head-to-head to see whether new gear is really that much better than old

TACTICS

12 Deep on daphnia
It’s not all floating lines and dries in summer as Craig Barr discovers at Rutland
 
18 “A proper job”
Russ Symons reports from Burrator Reservoir, a success story in the making

21 Tug of war!
Popping dries can be a great technique in calm, clear water, as Russ Dyer discovers

FOCUS ON...

27 Summer set-ups
Peter Cockwill’s two-or-three-fly combos that work in mid summer

WHERE TO FISH

33 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

36 Future fisheries
We predict what trout fisheries might look like in 30 years’ time, given current trends

42 Midmar’s in good hands
Jeff Prest discovers the story behind Midmar Fishery’s success

48 Comfort zone
The Greyhound on the Test offers luxury and fishing

50 Spotlight on...
Thornton Reservoir’s bank and boat hotspots for the summer months

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on indicators, CDC flies and perch on fly tactics

56 How to...
Fish the evening rise

60 Tackle advice
Tips on smoking fish from Snowbee’s Simon Kidd

FLY-TYING

61 Tie a Yellow Owl emerger
Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a deadly dry that has many guises

64 Flybox fillers
Tie the F-Fly, an effective but simple dry

68 Fastmail flies
Phil Dixon’s take on Fastmail’s mid summer offerings

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your high-floating Sedge patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram tests the latest tackle including rods, reels and clothing

80 Fly-tying products
Renomed scissors, Overton’s Wonder Wax and Flybox’s Eggstasy material reviewed

OPINIONS & NEWS

82 News
All the latest news from the UK trout scene, plus match results

84 Stay safe
Essential safety advice that could save your life

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Why communication with customers is key to success

90 Troutmasters
Are you a badge winner this month?

95 Iain Barr
It’s all about shrimps in Iain Barr’s world at Grafham, Rutland and Draycote

98 Wading in
World Fishing Day telethon and how our man sat through the full 24 hours!

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 511

BE INSPIRED

6 Well done Mr Cribbins
In his 90th year, actor Bernard Cribbins is honoured for his services to angling

TACTICS

10 All-action Avington
TF visits this iconic small stillwater which has undergone a recent makeover

15 There’s always a way
Overcoming shallow water and sunny conditions at Tullich Fishery in Aberdeenshire

20 Living in the shadows
Mike Thrussell targets the dark water drop-offs at Llyn Alwen in North Wales

26 Staying afloat
Float-tubing tactics at Thrybergh near Rotherham

32 Dutch doubles
Matt Roberts goes tubing in Holland to catch huge pike on fly

37 They’re on the hoglouse!
If you think sport at Grafham revolves around shrimp and buzzers – think again

FOCUS ON...

42 The olive hatch
To fish the fly correctly you must know its behaviour

WHERE TO FISH

47 UK waters
Four top waters to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Summer hotspots at Rescobie Loch

52 Free fishing on the Itchen
You can fish a free stretch of this world famous river in Winchester

ADVICE

54 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on improving catch rate in a rise and coping with a caenis hatch

58 How to...
Catch with terrestrials

62 Tackle advice
Simon Kidd advises on fishing vest choices

FLY-TYING

63 No-hackle Dun
Step-by-step to an easy Olive dry fly

66 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a highly effective Squirrel Nymph

70 Fastmail flies of the month
Six top patterns to try this summer

72 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your flies tied to tempt daphnia-feeding trout and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

77 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including rods, waders and fly boxes

82 Fly-tying products
Tying with Scruffy Dubbing, coloured resins and fluorescent floss

OPINION & NEWS

84 News
What’s hot and who caught what?

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Peter embarks on a new chapter in life

89 Airflo Spring Invitational
Results and tactics from this inaugural competition

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

95 Match news
The 2018 Spring Loch-style Home International

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest examines where stillwaters might be heading in the future

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TROUT FISHERMAN ISSUE 509

TACTICS

6 Wowed by Wimbleball
A rejuvenated Wimbleball reservoir produces supercharged early season sport

12 The double Booby
Gareth Jones uses two buoyant flies to catch at Llandegfedd Reservoir

18 Storm amid the calm
Peter Cockwill persuades fish to come out and play on a mirror-flat Buckinghamshire fishery

24 Making moves
Keeping on the move on small stillwaters often works in your favour, as Mike Thrussell discovers

28 Good old black & green
Craig Barr falls back on a tried and trusted simple approach at Toft Newton Reservoir

33 Wharfe factor
Fred Bainbridge enjoys a bumper day of Yorkshire brownies and grayling

BE INSPIRED

38 Making memories
Introduce a friend to fly-fishing and watch them get hooked on this great sport

FOCUS ON...

44 Time for mayflies
Get ready for the trout’s time of plenty

WHERE TO FISH 

47 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

50 Spotlight on...
Late spring hotspots for boat and bank at Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire

ADVICE

52 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your questions on dry fly tactics, foam rig winders, fishing in coloured water and more...

56 How to...
Catch in a flat calm. Paul Procter has the answers

60 Tackle advice
Simon’s Simon Kidd advises on what rod to choose and how to gain extra distance on the cast

FLY-TYING

61 The Golden Olive Booby
Peter Gathercole ties a muted version of this stillwater favourite

64 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Midas Dry Fly

68 Fastmail flies of the month
Six successful patterns and how to fish them

70 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your Irish-style wet Mayfly patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

75 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including a Shakespeare travel rod and Orvis waders

82 Fly-tying products
Tying flies with dubbing on a spool, squirrel hair and a new translucent Fritz

OPINION & NEWS

85 News
News round-up from Scotland

86 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

88 Cockwill
Peter meets up with old friends and makes new ones at the London Fly Fishing Fair

90 Troutmasters
This month’s badge winners and latest catch pictures

95 Match news
Iain Barr reports on his World Bank Masters event

98 Wading in
Jeff Prest gets to grips with a reader’s grumbles and explains where the magazine is headed

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Trout Fisherman Issue 508

BE INSPIRED

6 Daydreams on Dartmoor
Nick Hart catches pretty wild browns on Devon’s River Dart

TACTICS

12 Free-fallin’
Why fishing on-the-drop is such a good method on pressured stillwaters

18 Problems with Buzzers?
Peter Cockwill explains his winning ways with Buzzers during a visit to Manningford

24 The Rising Fishery
Jeff Prest reports from a fishery with fly-fishing for any species at its core

30 Genghis can
Steve Cullen fishes one of his secret early-season lure patterns on the drop with great results

36 Lines of communication
River specialist Massimo Magliocco on how to approach sections of fast water

FOCUS ON...

41 Spring fly set-ups
Fly combinations to try in the spring

48 What’s hatching?
Buzzer hatches start in earnest this month

WHERE TO FISH

51 UK waters
Four top stillwaters to visit this month

54 Spotlight on....
Llyn Clywedog

ADVICE

58 Advice squad
TF’s experts answer your angling queries

62 How to...
Tempt fish from hill tarns

66 Tackle advice
Snowbee’s Simon Kidd on sun protection

FLY-TYING

67 Tie the Flexi-Worm
Peter Gathercole ties a simple but deadly early-season stillwater pattern

70 Flybox fillers
Russ Symons ties a Hopper Popper

74 Fastmail’s spring Buzzers
Phil Dixon picks six top patterns for April

76 Flymasters
Peter Gathercole judges your early-season Buzzer patterns and sets a new challenge

TACKLE

81 New gear
Robbie Winram reviews the latest tackle including rods, reels and lines

88 Fly-tying products
A look at rabbit zonker strips, peacock dubbing and a compact UV torch

OPINION & NEWS

90 News
Avington’s new staff, Sportfish show and more...

92 Sparctics are here!
Russ Symons samples the new sparctic trout sport at Hawkridge Reservoir

94 Letters
Trout Fisherman readers have their say

96 Cockwill
Peter on rule-breakers and respecting your quarry

98 Troutmasters
Are you amongst this month’s badge winners?

103 Match news
Iain Barr on the transition from lures to nymphs

106 Wading in
Jeff Prest shares the views of women anglers and how the sport can encourage their participation

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