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12 Deadly Lures

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FIGHT Why you need a 6ft cane rod RESERVOIRS

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SHRIMP SKILLS RISING RIVERS Get more action in the cold

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Contents

BE INSPIRED

FLY-TYING

6 Cane is still able COVER STORY

Andy Parker has fun with 6ft cane rods

Cover image by: Peter Gathercole

TACTICS

64 Flymasters

19 New tricks!

68 Flybox fillers

24 The power of 2

TACKLE

Craig Barr enjoys the best action he’s ever had late season at Grafham Water Jonathan Tomlinson and Ben Beckwith sample new flies for big fish at Lechlade Russ Symons has a two-fly set up that works well for him during late season

28 Egging them on

46 Reader offer

Get a Storafly fly box and 200 flies for only £29.99 – a saving of £148!

COVER STORY TF reveals 12 of the most popular lures used today and five readers can win the lot!

OPINION & NEWS

ADVICE

What’s new on the trout scene, plus Scottish news

COVER STORY

JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN Bankside

an-up Our Bankside Cle Campaign Clean-up campaign continues to gain momentum with more fisheries asking for the poster and creating their own bins for discarded leaders. Spread the message…we can do this.

WHERE TO FIND US...

Paul Procter on fishing a rising river

WHERE TO FISH 47 UK waters

Latest information on Bank House, Knitsley Mill, Achagour and White House Mill fisheries

50 Spotlight on... COVER STORY

Winter hotspots for Pitsford Reservoir

52 Avington rises again

Avington gets new management and is back on track after a bit of a lull by its own high standards

53 In hot water

Steve Cullen heads off to Iceland’s River Varma in search of big brown trout

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Russ Symons explains his fly line to leader connection Travel vice, Straggle String selections and deer hair

42 How to...

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COVER STORY Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including rods, clothing and luggage

78 Fly-tying products

Our panel of experts answer your questions on the washing-line, Snakes, rod actions and more...

COVER STORY

71 New gear

FOCUS ON...

38 Advice squad

60 Reader competition

How to tie a Yellow Deer Hair pattern

76 Tippet rings

34 The down & dirty dozen

Receive an Airflo Outlander mesh vest when you subscribe to Trout Fisherman magazine

Your wet fly patterns are judged by Peter Gathercole who also sets a new tying challenge

One of Burns Fishery’s regulars explains how Egg Flies work so well during winter

COVER STORY

58 Subscribe

COVER STORY Follow Peter Gathercole’s fly-tying sequence and get catching!

12 Faster, bigger, stronger COVER STORY

OFFERS

61 Tie a simple lure

80 News

82 Investigation

The future of Chew Valley Lake

84 Letters

Trout Fisherman readers have their say

86 Read on the fly

Two more publications under the spotlight

87 Cockwill

All about exotic pheasants and feathers for tyers

88 Troutmasters

This month’s badge winners and catch pictures

92 Match news

Anglers World Holiday Individual Final

94 Iain Barr

The World Bank Masters and a Rutland double

98 Wading in

Why we will never swear by just one fly

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BE INSPIRE D Have a bit this winter of fun . Tr y cane rod a

Cane is STILL ABLE

Top all-rounder Andy Parker has made a new friend in an old 6ft cane rod, which he says is great fun. What do you think?

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Words: Russell Hill Pictures: Peter Gathercole

Bigger, faster, STRONGER! Craig Barr takes a boat out for feisty shrimp feeders at Grafham...

12 TROUT FISHERMAN | DECEMBER 6 - JANUARY 2

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TACTICS Catch m

ore w late-season ith stillwater t ips

Expect all-out action with Grafham’s lateseason shrimp feeders.

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TACTICS SMALL WATERS Words & pictures: Jeffrey Prest

Graham Bicket prepares to land his latest victim.

28 TROUT FISHERMAN | DECEMBER 6 - JANUARY 2

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Egging them on…

Don’t dismiss the humble Egg Fly – multi-purpose and closer to Nature than you think, it does the trick again…

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WHERE TO FISH ICELAND Words & pictures: Steve Cullen

IN HOT WATER Steve Cullen grabs his river kit and heads off to Iceland’s prolific River Varma, in search of big brown trout!

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