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December 2012

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The Fly-tying League is back!

Our unique competition returns in this issue. Simply enter to win a drawn prize. The first fly to tie is a McCormack's Spring Bumble

Catch salmon on bright, sunny days

"The most exciting wild brown trout fishing ever"

Oliver Edwards on Iceland's rivers

The only tying style you need

Our easy 'dun' patterns

The 39 amazing ideas that transformed YOUR fly fishing

Malcolm Greenhalgh selects the major influences and innovations that have transformed the way we fly fish today

Shock! Horror!

Ray French says Bewl Water's switch to 'any method' may not be so bad after all

Patterson's OTT

Neil Patterson uses a tippet feather to build a deadly dapping fly

Shelter from the storm

When Corrib and Mask are too wild to fish, George Barron knows a secret, sheltered bay

A Bumble for spring

Stevie Munn divulges a Bumble devised specifically for the duckfly hatch

Attracting wild trout to the middle dropper

Mick Huffer shows us how to tie the Claret Barron, and Mark Bowler tells us how to fish it

Corophium volutator

This is the fly for sight-fishing to mullet, says Colin MacLeod

Do-it-yourself dyeing

Norman Blake guides us in the colourful art of dyeing materials at home

Catching the eye

Hints and pointers for getting pre-occupied reservoir fish to take your fly

Here come the girls

Mark Bowler can't understand why the proportion of women anglers in the UK is so low, but sees signs of improvement

My vision for Christmas


November 2012


Exploring the weed with the Camo-Damsel

Charles Jardine helps us overcome our fear of weed with his lightweight, sinuous nymph

Orange & gold

Mick Huffer dresses the Orange & Gold Shrimp in the Irish style, and Mark Bowler says that it is not solely restricted to Ireland

Taking stock

Analysing the impact of stocking policy on wild fisheries

The Sunk Sedge

Caddis dance, and die, on water, says Neil Patterson, so every angler should have a version that sinks

Is that it?


Clocking onto the Meter

Chris Cullen charts the development of a nymph which remained a New Zealand

Natural selection

Charles Jardine demonstrates the tips and tactical approach to tempt a selective feeder on a river

Fry up!

Chris James has a realistic buoyant fry which can be used for a wide variety of modern stillwater presentations

Gulliver in Applecross

Mark Bowler spent days on the remote peninsula, searching for its rumoured specimen brown trout

Red-tagged Diawl Bach

Colin MacLeod


George Barron says that if you are going to Corrib, then you must visit Bog Bay

Avon calling

Mark Bowler says the Avon's legal challenge runs far deeper than the river

Speedy Silver Doctor

Stevie Munn says this quick-tie version of an old classic is pulling a lot of Irish migratory fish

Where no fly has gone before ...

Philip Bailey explains how the Italians adapt their casting to cast flies under the bushes

24/7 20-pounders

Neil Patterson uncovers a river in northern Norway, where salmon anglers go to search for a fish of a lifetime

Durham Ranger

Henk van Bork


October 2012

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The 40 breakthroughs that changed fly tying forever

Malcolm Greenhalgh charts the breakthroughs that have shaped our flies and techniques

Think positive to catch more salmon

An angler

The DNA Clouser - an easy-tie fly for bass, pollack and mackerel

Colin MacLeod ties the simple fly which has

End your wild trout season on a high

As October 6 approaches, Allan Liddle tells us how to finish the wild trout season on a high

Shh ... where the Irish go to catch big salmon

Alastair Gowans discovers a river in ascendancy, where those

Tie this Corixa fixer in just 3 minutes

Charles Jardine has (finally!) come up with a pattern to fix those difficult Corixa-feeders

Trick trout with our loch-style masterclass

Hints and tips to lead you to more success when loch-styling from a drifting boat

Categorical refusal

The erosion of the Environment Agency

The reason Wye

Peter Lapsley tells us why he thinks he

Teasing sport from the margins with the Robin

Mick Huffer opens up autumn pike fishing to everyone with this easy-to cast, effective fish imitation

Keeping up with C&R

Mark Bowler says that the expansion of catch-and-release as a stillwater management tool requires standardising and promotion of fish-handling techniques

Catching them young

How classrooms are being used to spread the word about life in our rivers

A man may fish

Bruce Sandison talks to Mike Smith about the Tay, Naver, Loch Leven, and the west of Scotland

The Floating Feast

Neil Patterson has designed a caddis to act as both dry fly and nymph indicator


Heather Cary meets Jan Spencer, legend of the Tasmanian outback

Bringing home the bacon

Mike Harding decides to imitate what the big fish really eat

A view from the chalkstreams

Gordon Mackie asks if a revised


Magnus Angus tests a rod with beef, a reel with heart, a 6-weight with ambition, and socks with anions. He also tests the latest in quill and foam for fly bodies, and how they are used


September 2012

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How to tackle a trickle

Expert salmon fishing advice for a low Highland river

The Picric Invicta

Charles Jardine

Plop, flop, pop and stop

Neil Patterson introduces the fly to be cast under over-grown banks

A stickler for detail

Mark Bowler watches Paul Bloomer tie his stickleback imitation and then use it to good effect

Daddy Cool

Johan Put uses some clever techniques to tie his a semi-realistic Crane fly with an in-built buoyancy tank

Land of the giants

Searching Norway

A sawbill to pay

Dave Calvert calculates the cost of the Derwent


Dave Southall says that the recently accessible Driffield Beck is a fly fishers

Plumbing the depths with a Doddler

Mick Huffer has a pattern to enliven the 'dog days' of summer

The late show

Charles Jardine illustrates his thoughts on tackling an evening rise on a reservoir

Loch style, but not as we know it

Allan Liddle says that he increasingly tackles hill-lochs with dry fly rather than wets, and has a pattern built for the job

The Denison

Henk van Bork's classic fly dressing tutorial starts with an old Ness favourite

Sandison's Scotland

A tale of two rivers, the Lunan and Annan; Western Isles in bloom; Rhubarb and Struan Stevenson; If you knew sushi

Sleeker, leaner and fitter

Mike Harding cuts through the angling paraphernalia

Tackle Bag, On the Bench and Armchair Fishing

Magnus Angus assess the latest products for the game angler

A tail of two loughs

In seeking the monster pike of Corrib and Mask, Andy Bowman comes across a great way to imitate a fish

A man may fish

Bruce Sandison meets Bill Drury, the ex coal-face worker who acted as Ewan MacGregor

Counting the cost

Mark Bowler looks behind the recent decision to convert Bewl Water to an


August 2012

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Night AND day

You don

Salmon in the Sperrins

The Owenkillew is an often overlooked and under-rated salmon river, but which is full of big surprises

Tackle Bag (REVIEWS)

Oliver Edwards

On the bench (REVIEWS)

Magnus studies some materials for tube tying, salmon singles and shows how to rib by simply winding a body

Tempt trout from clouds of daphnia


Wading in paradise

John Stephens enjoys the fly fishing time of his life in south-west Montana

The Coyhaique Caddis

Mick Huffer says the unusual wing and hackle style of the Coyhaique Caddis lend it a dramatic effect

Bach in the cooler

Charles Jardine explains how to get your Diawl Bach to fish right down into the cool depths this summer

Softly, softly ...

Brian Harris says light-line rods on a reservoir lead to easier, improved fishing, and they

What have the farmers ever done for us?

Not a lot, says the Angling Trust's Mark Lloyd, especially since they are paid to protect our environment

Time-shrinking sea-trout mounts

The best flies for sea trout are laborious to tie ... not any more

Dry fly on a Slovenian freight train

Charles Jardine discovers the value of tiny flies on the rapid currents of the Soca


Neil Patterson says this fly doesn't resemble the hatch ... but sometimes it's exactly what the trout want

Talybont. Oh l

Frenchman Laurent Guillermin is tr

Two of the best

Meet John and Veronica Hotchkiss, the husband and wife whose lives are entwined around their passion of fly fishing

No more excuses

Mark Bowler says that although NASCO has the ear of government it needs teeth with which to bend it

Yes we have no bananas

... and Mike Harding is glad, if slightly puzzled


July 2012

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When big browns see red

Tie the Red Badger, a superb summer surface fly, especially attractive to large brown trout

Hornberg's dilemma

Neil Patterson ties the ingenious 3-in-1 fly, which can be taken for a baitfish, caddis, or stonefly

A river runs through it

How the

Hanging on below the Wave-beast

Charles Jardine has two good reasons for tying Bewick


Fisher by name, fisher by nature, meet this Westcountry guru who shows Charles Jardine how best to approach Blagdon

Caught in the loop

Using CdC as a winging style to convince fish to take in all flows, at all stages of a hatch

Fantasy island

Joe Walker travels to Canada

Silver in England

Catching a sea trout on dry fly on the river Hodder is a

Action stations

Mark Bowler picks up on the worrying trend of netting station acquisitions and resumptions, and salutes an old friend

Buzzers Canadian style

Richard Bailey demonstrates how the British Columbians incorporate tiny tungsten beads into their deeply fished Buzzer Pupae

When less is more

Peter Lapsley debunks the excuses in urging us to scale down our flies for summer-time success

I swear on it (but don

Mike Harding finds he

Cry me a river

Davie Munro says this small Ayrshire river has bags of potential for great fly-sport

A man may fish

Meet Grant Mortimer, the tackle shop owner with the Spey running through his veins

Hunting the Deveron leopards

A secret trophy trout river which rivals its neighbour, the Don

A view from the chalkstreams

Gordon Mackie uses family connections to delve further into the chalkstream nymph controversy


June 2012

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Top tactics for slow water salmon

Stevie Munn discovers an effective technique for fishing a fly in slow-flowing


The irresistible sea trout fly which Glyn Freeman uses to good effect on a secret Cumbrian water

Secret Mayfly know-how

A Mayfly hatch can often sort out the angler from the

River midges

Timothy Benn champions the importance of midge pupae on rivers, and tells us how to spot the give-away rise-form

Go wild in the UK for

UK passport schemes offer waters for all game species for

Highland float tube hot-spots

Allan Liddle says the lochs of the highlands and islands are tailor-made for his float-tube, and leads us to his favourite launch-sites

Angling club of the month

Aberlour AC offers superb sport on the Spey at sensible prices

Eye for the perfect body

Neil Patterson ties his FunnelQuill, a dry fly for June that pulls the wool over trout

Story of the Shrimp

Igor Stancev sets the record straight on Shrimp dressing

Spinner to ride happily into the sunset

Charles Jardine says that evening sipping fish require a fly that brings together a host of brilliant angling minds

Seeing is believing

Mark Bowler finds there is always something new to discover ... this time it's fluorocarbon


Mick Huffer ties an ingenious pupal imitation of the day-hatching cinnamon sedge, a deadly tactic from mid-June on reservoirs


Mike Harding explains why anglers

A view from the chalkstreams

Gordon Mackie's family involvement in the birth of the dry fly movement

The extraordinary Ordie

From high winds to flat calms

Back to celebrity status

Salmon catches are on the up, but Galway

Where now for SANA

What will happen to Scotland


Feathers and tying tips; a hook organiser; the new Partridge Stinger hooks; plus Atomsix rods, radical leader, leather rod-case, glasses, wading jacket and Xink


May 2012

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The 10 best urban trout rivers

Theo Pike wades amidst the town centres and tube stations to reveal his favourite urban rivers, many of which offer free fishing

Skunked? Learn from a blank day

Peter Lapsley says we can all learn something from a blank day

Fresh off the tide

Glyn Freeman describes how moon phases and tides affect salmon and sea trout taking and running behaviour

Tales of Loch Maree

Ronnie Adam recalls the

Norski Lad wins by a head

Mark Bowler watches Stephen Breivik tie a winning Muddler-headed attractor for the lochs

Tie the Twitcher

Mick Huffer ties this superb evening fly which can persuade difficult rising fish to take it

A fish on every cast

Captivated by the colourful char, Phil Cobham travelled to distant Greenland to catch one ... or more


A day spent with Frank Sawyer changed the way Mike Griffiths tied and fished his nymphs

Top notch!

Malcolm Greenhalgh reports on 10 years of the British specialist fly show

No wonder it's called Eden

Dave Southall says Penrith AA

Too eager for beavers?

Mark Bowler considers the impact of the feral beavers now living on the Tay

The oldest trick in the book

Paul Reddish shows how a Spaniard has spent 20 years perfecting the use of Coq de Leon to produce a dry fly with brilliance

Slow dance with a Mini Snapper

Charles Jardine shows us how to tie and fish a fly specially designed to elicit a positive response from early season trout

Spanish bubble dance

Neil Patterson shows how the Spanish tie their flies and fish them in a dance to attract wary trout

The tackle shop

Mike Harding is transported to the golden days of his youth


Communication breakdown on the Tay; Factory tree-planting; Fragile farm figures from rural areas


Magnus Angus assesses the new Mackenzie single-hander; Cortland


April 2012

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Master the Sedgehog

Pattern tweaks, tips and tactics from the north

Which floating line is best for you?

Magnus Angus puts a selection of floating lines to the test

Catch more salmon with the instructor's fly

Mick Huffer ties the Boyo, a fly used by AAPGAI instructor, Glyn Freeman, especially in slower flows

It's all material

Professor Bob Bradley explains the science behind our leader types and tippet material, and gives the knot on which he relies

Affordable Cuban bonefish packages

Joe Walker discovers that he can organise a family package holiday to Cuba with quality bonefishing on the doorstep

Turn to early season dries for Corrib

The trend on Corrib in the early days of the season is to use dry flies ...

Of cane, silk and tarpon

Peter Lapsley meets Harold Almond, one of fly-fishing

Where dreams come true

Alastair Gowans says the Dee is one place you must fish for salmon

Secret Shrimps

An Eastern European tying technique which produces lively, tasty looking shrimps

Featherweight casts

Jeremy Lucas describes the exact technique he employs for casting a presentation leader-to-hand

The X fly

Neil Patterson

Hiking to heaven

Gardiner Mitchell packs his rucksack and walking boots to head for one of Ireland

Bankside executioner

Geoffrey Bucknall

School of fishes

During a disturbed night, Mike Harding attends a lecture with a difference

Sandison's Scotland

SANA's problems are all Bruce's fault apparently!


March 2012

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Keep calm and keep moving

Let your salmon fishing stride ahead using these simple steps from Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Cabin fever

Mike Harding is beginning to show worrying signs after a long, hard winter at the vice.

The imitative Booby

Charles Jardine introduces a dark, drab Booby, the latest tactic from Farmoor.

The presentation leader

Jeremy Lucas explains how he makes up his cast to fish leader-to-hand

Holy No.2

Mick Huffer ties the late Bev Perkins

Ulster sinking into the murky depths

Northern Ireland is dragging its heels over EC-enforced river improvements.

Strike while the iron's hot

Gwilym Hughes

Elastic fantastic

Marc Griffiths demonstrates how his discovery of stretch cord has transformed his fly tying.

A man may fish

Fiddler, Pete Clark, talks about his love of fly fishing, his flies and his

National selection

Peter Lapsley examines flies and fishing styles across the British Isles and wonders why they are so different?

A case of over-inflated access

Mark Bowler looks at why a legal ruling has gone against rafts on the Upper Tay.

The Valentine victory

Sam Valentine discloses his special fly, the SV1, which caught Scotland's biggest fly-caught salmon last year.

A mass issue

Oliver Edwards voices his concerns over the leader-to-hand revolution.

Best of 2011

John Todd summarises the top-performing rivers during Ireland

Hanging on air

Neil Patterson introduces two new ducking and diving Corixa designs.

Spoilt in Shetland

Mark Bowler adapts quickly to island life in this wild trout utopia.

Trout in the sky

Andrew Herd says you haven


February 2012

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The Blood fly

Mick Huffer introduces the Blood Fly, an attention-grabbing, insect-profile wet fly.

Vicars and their vices

Verily, Terry Lawton explores the link between God and fly fishing.

Restoring "the best trout river in southern Britain"

Charting the ambitions and successes of the Monnow restoration and maintenance project.

"Switch rods saved my salmon fishing"

Malcolm Greenhalgh offers relief from the aches and pains of heavy salmon tackle.

Gourmet Mayflies

Chris Sandford presents some intricate Mayfly patterns to keep us busy through the winter

Paradise by the M4

Joe Walker showcases the River Ewenny, a Welsh gem with superb access.

Gravel-pit winner

Charles Jardine often turns to Stan Codling

The price of Thames salmon


Stockings and stoneflies

Neil Patterson ties a dry fly designed to keep afloat

A (wo)man may fish

Bruce Sandison talks to the BBC

North Country secrets

Rob Smith explores the provenance of some more long-lost Yorkshire flies.

Tackling rivers single-handed

Dave Southall illustrates some advantages and essentials of tenkara.

A view from the chalkstreams

Passing the stealth test: Gordon Mackie says there

Flies without fly line

Jeremy Lucas remoulds the art of leader-to-hand river fishing for stillwaters.

Specialist teams

Hugo Ross and Eric Dyson offer some must-have teams for wild trout lochs.

'We fought the law

Syndicate's successful legal battle establishes a right to fly fish

Breakfast at Biffo's

Mike Harding presents a new-found passage from the late PG Wodehouse.


January 2012

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Spark of life

Ian McKenzie demonstrates how Krystal Flash can be used to produce patterns with extra pulling power

Marriage guidance

Contrary to popular opinion, a fishing holiday with your (non-fishing) spouse can still be a success!

Lost flies of the Yorkshire Dales

Delving into the manuscripts, Rob Smith has discovered some forgotten gems

No excuses

How to find a taking salmon

The ultimate grayling tactic

Jeremy Lucas extends the frontier of fly presentation

Using no-reel tenkara rods on UK rivers

Dave Southall finds out how effective Japanese tenkara fishing is in UK

Casting without the fly lline

Charles Jardine and Jeremy Lucas discuss where the leader-to-hand technique fits in the fly-fishing world

Air today

More hair, more air. Neil Patterson says there

Late highlights of the harbour

Colin MacLeod turns to anchorages and structure for late season sport

Of mice and grayling

Charles Jardine turns to his uninvited guests to create a super nymph

The Shredge

Mick Huffer demonstrates how to tie this pattern designed to mimic shrimp or sedge, and which has an unusual winging style that mimics both of these trout foods

Don't let them slip through the net

Editor Mark Bowler hopes that angling bodies in Wales and Scotland learn from the past

Orkney's wild paradise

Bruce Sandison journeys to Loch of Boardhouse for stunning fishing, and discovers a new style of Hedgehog

A view from the chalkstreams

The chalkstream angler

Fish here!

Why Norwegian guides are turning to GPS.

Love thy fisherman

Mike Harding says lots of folk don

News cast

Angler/rafter contention mounts in Wales and Scotland

Festive codeword competition

A leather-bound copy of Oliver Edwards

Reviews ...

The latest products for the fly fisher and fly tyer put to the test


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