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FREE 32-PAGE FISHERY PULLOUT INSIDE FIRST FOR TACTICS, TACKLE & WHERE TO FISH

HOW TO FISH WITH DRIES

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FISHERIES 2018 Your guide to the season's best lakes

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RESERVOIRS

HIT THE DEPTH

Go deep for daphnia feeders

SMALL WATERS

SUPERB FISH

Tips for quality rainbows

WHERE TO FISH

THORNTON

Head for summer hotspots

TACKLE TESTS

WINNING ROD Buy a true all-rounder


Contents

BE INSPIRED

60 Tackle advice

COVER STORY Two anglers go head-to-head to see whether new gear is really that much better than old

FLY-TYING

TACTICS

Peter Gathercole’s step-by-step to a deadly dry that has many guises

Cover image by: Jeffrey Prest

6 Old gear V new

12 Deep on daphnia

64 Flybox fillers

18 “A proper job”

68 Fastmail flies

21 Tug of war!

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Popping dries can be a great technique in calm, clear water, as Russ Dyer discovers COVER STORY

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 COVER STORY

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 COVER STORY

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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

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61 Tie a Yellow Owl emerger

COVER STORY It’s not all floating lines and dries in summer as Craig Barr discovers at Rutland

Russ Symons reports from Burrator Reservoir, a success story in the making

OFFERS

Tips on smoking fish from Snowbee’s Simon Kidd

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COVER STORY

Tie the F-Fly, an effective but simple dry

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

COVER STORY 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

OPINION & 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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THIS MONTH’S WINNER

A 10lb 8oz rainbow caught by Dave Tomkins at Hawkridge on a Montana. Sent in by Ian Armstrong

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Set up a ch a between yo llenge u and a mate

NEW How do the flies and tackle of yesteryear compare to modern equivalents? Jonathan Tomlinson reports from a head-to-head challenge... Young Ben Beckwith and his grandfather Cullen battle it out.

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Pictures: Peter Gathercole Words: Russell Hill

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TACTICS Sunk lin

e rese skills to cat rvoir daphnia fe ch eders

Deep on DAPHNIA

It’s not all floating lines and dries in summer. Be prepared for the unexpected, says Craig Barr

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TACTICS STILLWATERS Pictures: Peter Gathercole Words: Russ Dyer

Tug of WAR!

In calm, clear water, popping dries can entice a take, says Russ Dyer

Elinor produces some beautifully clean trout just like this one.

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FOCUS ON Th e best team of flies for s hot weather

All-rounder Peter Cockwill picks his top two and three-fly combos WHAT a wonderful time of year it is to be a trout fisherman. Our waters have warmed up, the insect life is at peak hatch and the trout are feeding avidly. It doesn’t get much better than this and all it takes is a floating line outfit

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to take maximum advantage of sport in the upper layers of the water. Truly, this is prime time and with the longer evenings too there’s no excuse to miss out on this, the best time of the year.

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WHERE TO FISH SPECIAL FISHERIES OF THE FUTURE

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FISHERY OF THE FUTURE? Is this what our trout fisheries will look like in 30 years’ time? Peter Cockwill gets his crystal ball out, so to speak

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At a glance – the future explained 1 Approach road/Car park: These will be tarmac. No more pot-holed approach roads to trout fisheries. 2 Pine lodge/Cafe: The public will expect something more akin to a golf club lodge, not wooden sheds. 3 On-site shop: Where better to purchase the latest trout gear than at your local trout fishery. 4 Gutting room: Anglers won’t want to gut fish at home, it will be done at the fishery. 5 Landing net dispenser: Landing nets will remain at the fishery to halt the spread of disease.

6 Otter-proof fence: Otters are popular creatures and will be everywhere in the future - but they eat fish, lots of ‘em! 7 Big fish lake: There’s a desire for a big fish in all of us. but we must be prepared to pay extra to catch one. 8 Catch & release pool: The trend towards catch and release continues. Platforms allow release into deep water. 9 Any method pool: Anglers will be able to catch trout with spinner and bait. Main lake: This will hold a variety of trout cross breeds – anglers will crave variety and love a surprise.

Recovery pool: Any fish that are struggling can be placed in an aerated pool and fed regularly. Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation will be expected, and will appeal to couples too. Parking: Ample, spacious parking on tarmac Restaurant: Fisheries will offer quality food for

corporate events, angling groups and families. Information: “What’s on” leaflets or a notice board Security cameras: To catch poachers etc

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WHERE TO FISH UK OXOXOX WATERS Words & pictures: Jeffrey Prest

Oil and UNTROUBLED WATER

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Having finally torn ourselves away from the lodge, Peter begins his reconnaissance.

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