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Brexit and your sport
Buzzers to try now
Catch the world's best
BROWNIES Incredible ﬁsh just a £50 ﬂight away!
TROUT IN TOWN Get some urban action
Tips for great river sport
WHERE TO FISH
Our early-season hotspots
A piece of history renewed
Trout ﬁsheries aren’t always out in the countryside – there’s some incredible ﬁshing to be had right on your doorstep
Peter Gathercole ties a cracking early-season Buzzer pattern
6 Trout in the towns
69 Red Holo Buzzer
72 Flybox ﬁllers Cover image by: Matt Harris
12 Change colour and move
Make some ‘noise’ with a rubber-legged Purple Peril
Iain Barr’s tactics for tackling medium-sized waters during early season
18 When does a ﬂy stop working?
Results of the early season heavyweight Buzzer challenge
Never! Even lying right on the lake bed, the right ﬂy can still do a job for you...
24 Unnatural causes
TACKLE 81 New gear
Fred Bainbridge ditches the nymphs for glitter and gold at Stocks Reservoir
COVER STORY The latest gear reviews including Hardy’s Marquis LWT reel
30 The heavy metal mob
86 Fly-tying gear
Steve Cullen adopts heavy nymphing techniques to catch grayling all through winter
Robbie Winram looks at the new Stillwater Magnus vice, North Country silks and Micro Fibre fritz
OPINION & NEWS
Small stillwater expert Peter Cockwill shows how to catch buzzer-feeders in March
The London Fly Fair, your free Fishing TV card and what’s new on the trout scene
44 New Buzzers
46 Subscription offer Save up to 49% when you subscribe to rout Fisherman magazine Trout
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38 Early season Buzzers
Top anglers reveal their latest tyings
Brexit – what does it mean for you?
WHERE TO FISH
We highlight four venues worth a visit this month
96 Book reviews
Trout Fishermann readers have their say
49 UK waters
Two more publications get the Jeff Prest treatment
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52 Spotlight on... COVER STORY
Lancashire’s Stocks Reservoir
54 Call of the wild
Peter Cockwill rufﬂes a few feathers...again. It’s all opinion folks!
COVER STORY The world’s best browns are just a £50 ﬂight away, as Matt Harris discovers...
98 Troutmasters Are you amongst the new season’s badge winners?
102 Match news
60 Advice squad TF’s panel of experts answer your questions on subsurface tactics, leaders and ﬂy selections
Iain Barr remembers Ian Greenwood and comments on the state of UK match ﬁshing
106 Wading in 64 How to... Detect takes when ﬁshing nymphs
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Jeff Prest on the latest scientiﬁc contribution to whether ﬁsh feel pain
PRINT AND DIGITAL
THIS MONTH’S WINNER Grayling and Pink Shrimp – a classic combination. Sent in by Sebastian Bull
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A beautiful stretch of the River Nidd at Knaresborough, where occasional brownies can be caught.
Trout in the TOWNS Trout ﬁsheries aren’t always out in the ‘sticks’, there’s some incredible ﬁshing to be had right on your doorstep...
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Words: Iain Barr Pictures: Peter Gathercole
Change colour AND MOVE Former world champion Iain Barr’s tactics for tackling medium-sized waters during early season...
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TACTICS SMALL WATERS Words & pictures: Jeffrey Prest
When does a FLY STOP WORKING? Answer? Never. Picking off rainbows at Kailzie, Tom Russell argues that even lying on the lake bed, the right ﬂy can still do a job for you…
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TACTICS GRAYLING Words & pictures: Steve Cullen
THE HEAVY Thanks to modern ‘heavy nymphing’ techniques Steve Cullen says ﬂy
Pheasant Tail Bomb Hook: Size 10 450BL Thread: Black Butt: Glo-Brite No.4 Body: Pheasant tail over Superglue Head: 5mm black tungsten bead
No-Name Nymph Hook: Size 14 400BL Thread: Light cahill Tail: Grizzle Body: Mix of olive and orange hairy-fibred floss Collar: Glo-Brite No.7 Head: 3mm black tungsten bead
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ﬁshers have a chance of catching grayling all through winter!...
UV Baetis Nymph Hook: Size 14 2499BL Thread: Purple Nano silk Tail: Coq de leon Rib: Copper wire Body: Olive seal’s fur Thorax: Mix of CdC fibre and Hareline UV brown dubbing Head: 3mm copper tungsten bead
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Words: Peter Cockwill Pictures: Peter Gathercole
BUZZERS Small stillwater expert Peter Cockwill shows how to catch buzzer-feeders in March
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FOCUS ON Buzzer techniques i early seaso n n
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WHERE TO FISH ICELAND
This stunning waterfall on the Upper Kaldekvisl River is one of many in Iceland’s south-west Highlands.
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CALL OF THE WILD Matt Harris knows only too well that Iceland offers perhaps the best wild brown trout ﬁshing on the planet
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