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FISHERIES 2018 Your guide to the season's best lakes
■ Incredible ﬁsh to catch ■ Great facilities to enjoy ■ Amazing new waters 18 JULY - 14 AUG, 2018 | £3.60
OLD V NEW Retro gear or modern... Who wins the challenge?
HIT THE DEPTH
Go deep for daphnia feeders
Tips for quality rainbows
WHERE TO FISH
Head for summer hotspots
WINNING ROD Buy a true all-rounder
60 Tackle advice
COVER STORY Two anglers go head-to-head to see whether new gear is really that much better than old
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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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
Tips on smoking ﬁsh from Snowbee’s Simon Kidd
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Tie the F-Fly, an effective but simple dry
Phil Dixon’s take on Fastmail’s mid summer offerings
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
Trout Fisherman readers have their say
Why communication with customers is key to success
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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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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
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
Fishery Illustration: Andy Steer
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
Turn over for in-depth opinion from Peter Cockwill ... www.troutﬁsherman.co.uk
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WHERE TO FISH UK OXOXOX WATERS Words & pictures: Jeffrey Prest
Oil and UNTROUBLED WATER
When a Canadian oilman decided to wind down in retirement, a charming Aberdeenshire ﬁshery was the outcome. We watch Peter Cockwill fall in love with Midmar… 42 TROUT FISHERMAN | JULY 18 - AUGUST 14
Having ﬁnally torn ourselves away from the lodge, Peter begins his reconnaissance.
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