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December 2007

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Pin-point presentation

Tactical tweaks to improve your trout and grayling fishing

Monsters of 'Jurassic Lake'

A Briton's report on his baptism of fire in Patagonia

Bone dries

What's the best way to dry your dry flies?

The best salmon fishing for 25 years?

How the drift-net ban has affected Ireland's rivers

Here comes the sun

Stan Headley explains how trout react to sunshine and what that means for the fly fisherman

The tailing loop

Charles Jardine explains why, instead of gaining a few precious yards of extra distance, your line curls up and dies

Heads of gold

Evidence that Goldheads have been in use since Izaak Walton's time

Brighter waters?

How the battle of the Bourne is being won by anglers

Soon enough we'll be there

Bill Logan ties a fly of many guises, The Quick Change Artist

Nymphs as nature intended

Alan Bithell demonstrates his simple technique to produce bi-colour Pheasant Tail Nymphs

Sharkey's PT

Charles Jardine has found straight patterns out-fish curved ones

The Solwick

Mick Huffer demonstrates how to tie and fish the Solwick, a clever blend of two traditional flies that works well for both rainbows and browns

Dodds 3-D Dodger

David Wolsoncroft-Dodds ties the fly that catches 90% of his annual pike haul, and shows us how he uses it

Making good weather of 2007

Peter Lapsley learns plenty from an extraordinary season


May 2007

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The gentle touch

Keep it light. Malcolm Greenhalgh explains why two fly fishers, each with identical tackle and tactics, will have very different success rates

Alaskan jackpot

The Kanektok has one of the largest runs of sockeye salmon in the world, but also, as Patrick Lloyd discovered, plenty of other species

May on Menteith

Malcolm Anderson shares sub-surface tactics for this fine loch

Wind-assisted trout

Charles Jardine spends a day on the bank with John Wadham, the fly fisher's fly fisher

Mayflies tried and tested

Resist the temptation to over-dress your imitations, says Peter Lapsley, who offers seven proven patterns

Crash landings

John Tyzack explains why he is never without his Hawthorn fly

Top of the lochs

Bruce Sandison tells us why Caithness's Loch Watten is one of his favourite lochs

A weighty matter

Do you have 'too much reel'? Brian Harris explains why you should give more thought to what type of fishing you're doing

Doing your homework

Using the River Dart as a case study, Dave Grove illustrates how the weather contributes significantly to sea trout success

Ace of Spades

"This is real fly tying!" Mick Huffer ties that early season classic for rainbows or brownies, floating or sinking lines, and for fast or slow retrieves

Stance 2

Does your cast veer off to the side? Charles Jardine says stance may play a part in your problem

A view from the chalkstreams

Gordon Mackie ponders over the ever-changing hatches of Mayfly

To drogue, or not to drogue

Why some anglers use a drogue and others don't


Charles Jardine ties a fly crafted in honour of his daughter 18 years ago and which is still effective today


April 2007

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A life of its own

Angus McLeod has the ultimate soft-hackled fly for either still or slow-moving water

Outwit the overwintered

Essential flies to entice quality fish

Eat me!

An irresistible nymph from New Zealand is showcased by Dave Ecclestone

Sinking lines: what you need to know

Stan Headley explains why there are so many

Tackled up to the nines

With the pike this month otherwise engaged, so should you be. David Wolsoncroft-Dodds shares his tackle preferences

Vision on!

Malcolm Greenhalgh begins a new series on dry-fly fishing by stressing the need to observe

Black Shrimp

Mick Huffer dresses this highly valuable salmon fly for both low water and high water conditions

Weighty matters

Bill Logan shares some tailing and weighting tricks

A perfect team

Peter Lapsley travels to Llandysul to discuss matters piscatorial with Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker of Dreamstreams

Getting to know Norway

Ross MacDonald investigates the lesser known but prolific Suldal and Beiar salmon rivers

Basil's banker

Bob Preston finds a Buzzer equally successful on Farmoor's bank as it was on Corrib

Mickey P's Buzzer

Charles Jardine ties a fly which has proven success in the competitive arena


March 2007


Spring quartet

Peter Lapsley says there's four key insects you need to be aware of for success on rivers in April

Save a blank

Fish a Pea!

Scotland's prime cut

Bob Wyatt says the River Don ranks right up there with the world's blue-ribbon streams

Make do or mend

Alastair Gowans says salmon fishing isn't just about casting; how you mend is crucial to success

DO disturb!

Tying poppers isn't the easiest process, says Mick Huffer, but it is worth the effort

Dixon's beat

Andrew Dixon is an acute observer of wild trout and full of tactical nous. Charles Jardine studied him in action

Chalkstream prospects

Early dries and a 'get out of jail' nymph to rely on from Orvis' Adam Parsonage

Sugg's Greenwell Nymph

Charles Jardine sketches out how to tie it

Which hook?

Bill Logan's tips on hook choice

Hit by flashbacks

It's all Mylar and mirrors. James Waltham has found a way to attract a trout's interest

To Gink, or to sink?

Stan Headley tells us why floatants and sinkants are so important

Actions speak louder than words

Why mid-tip flex rods suit the average caster better

Pre-spawn pike

March is the month for monster pike, says David Wolsoncroft-Dodds, who tells us how to capture a trophy fish


February 2007

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Striking success

Ally Gowans has landed thousands of salmon. Here he describes his preferred methods of hooking a taking fish

The Sun Fly

Mick Huffer demonstrates how to tie this popular Welsh dry fly for searching wild rivers, which works especially well from early in the season

Discovery Kerry's gold

4,500 acres of eager wild brown trouting

Cast master

Meet Bruce Richards, the man who designs our fly lines

Collector's items

Flies and books to profit from

A chance missed

Sidney Vines tells us how the BBC's much-anticipated angling programme, 'The Accidental Angler', left him somewhat deflated

The Black Boar

Phill Walker's salmon fly pleases the X-factor judges

Opening shots

Hugo Ross tells us how he prepares for the opening days of spring salmon fishing in the north of Scotland

Lessons learned

David Wolsoncroft-Dodds looks back on last season and tells us what he will take from it and what you could also

Get smutty

John Goddard's tips for success when trout lock onto micro-flies

Giss me quick

Don't theorise too much, says Bob Wyatt. The trout have to eat what's available and so the size and shape of your fly are all that matters

For fish or frame?

Bill Logan reports from the recent International Fly Tying Symposium in New Jersey and shows how fly tying really has blossomed into art

Going solo

Peter Boyle enjoys the freedom afforded by three wild Albertan rivers

Flies of the British Isles

Featuring a duet from Northern Ireland which are bound for the Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum

Drogues and mastering drift

Stan Headley explains in detail the everyday terminology and tactics used in fly fishing


January 2007

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Adaptability brown

Peter Lapsley explains why it's a mistake to take our remarkable trout for granted

Catch the bug

Finlay Wilson details the nuances and subtleties of bugging for big river grayling

Big water theory

Getting to grips with the pike of big, natural lakes

The farthest shore

Bob Wyatt wades the extreme west coast of Australia and vows to return

X-factor flies

James Bews from Orkney puts up his hatching Midge for brown trout for scrutiny

Flies of the British Isles

The flies of Cheshire's Chris Watson were amongst the first submissions to the Catskills Fly Fishing Centre and Museum

It's know difficult

Bill Logan helps us conquer the hand-tied whip-finish

Chatsworth memories

After 27 years, the Chatsworth Anging Fair is no more. Malcolm Greenhalgh reminiscences on the laughter and triumphs of the show

Streams of dreams

Paul Reddish opens our new 'Wilderness' series as he is castaway in the bewitching Wye valley

Hunting pink

Terry Lawton investigates why our most successful flies have often looked prettiest in pink

MH Foam Sedge

Mick Huffer's foam-winged Sedge has a wide variety of stillwater applications

D.N.A. Spinners

Ted Patlen introduces a simple technique for improving the look and function of flat-in-the-film wings

Winter warmers

Tim Pilcher looks forward to January and February as it means heading for the warm waters of Florida

Getting the drift

Stan Headley explains boat-drift and its implications for line retrieval

The Brown Fork Tail, aka The Prince Nymph

Charles Jardine ties a fly which was intended for American rivers but which has possibilities for the stillwater fisher

On an even keel

Derek S Hoskin's sea trout tip should open up more water for you and reduce the number of flies you lose


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