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12 Deadly Lures
Go light for the
FIGHT Why you need a 6ft cane rod RESERVOIRS
SHRIMP SKILLS RISING RIVERS Get more action in the cold
How to cope in high water
WHERE TO FISH
PITSFORD TIPS Boat & bank hotspots
GEAR ON TEST Our reviews help you buy!
6 Cane is still able COVER STORY
Andy Parker has fun with 6ft cane rods
Cover image by: Peter Gathercole
19 New tricks!
68 Flybox ﬁllers
24 The power of 2
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
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COVER STORY TF reveals 12 of the most popular lures used today and ﬁve readers can win the lot!
OPINION & NEWS
What’s new on the trout scene, plus Scottish news
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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...
71 New gear
38 Advice squad
60 Reader competition
How to tie a Yellow Deer Hair pattern
76 Tippet rings
34 The down & dirty dozen
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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 Follow Peter Gathercole’s ﬂy-tying sequence and get catching!
12 Faster, bigger, stronger COVER STORY
61 Tie a simple lure
The future of Chew Valley Lake
Trout Fisherman readers have their say
86 Read on the ﬂy
Two more publications under the spotlight
All about exotic pheasants and feathers for tyers
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
PRINT AND DIGITAL
THIS MONTH’S WINNER
Heriot angling club outing - Glencorse reservoir, Edinburgh. Sent in by Matt Wolstenholme
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Words: Andy Parker Pictures: Peter Gathercole
6 TROUT FISHERMAN | DECEMBER 6 - JANUARY 2
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...
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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
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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