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December 2017

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£1,000 Fly Tying League begins!

Win this vice. Starts this issue!

Winning ways

Master-strokes & strategies for the World Championships

Loch-style Scottish grilse

The search for top-water sport, and the flies that worked

Icelandic high

Seeking out wild trout in Iceland's wilderness

World Cup winners!

Exclusive: The story and the flies that clinched Ireland's top prize

How to be a fly-tying detective

Sample... Analyse... Imitate... Fish on! Tie the deadliest flies

Unfamiliar territory

Charles Jardine is forced out of his comfort zone at Clatworthy

Highs and lows

Personal best mullet surprises for Colin MacLeod

Win new Greys gear!

A G40 rod, GTS600 reel, Platinum Extreme line up for grabs!

The Alton Towers alternative

The club that has fishing close to the theme park

Mop 'em up!

Tying the extraordinarily successful Mop Fly


November 2017

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Northumberland hot pot

Why you should use this fluorescent Pot-bellied Pig throughout the autumn

How to read a trout lake...

...to catch more fish

Bottle the good stuff

How to tie and use the popular Snaelda salmon tubes

Winging it

Winged or wingless... which is best?

The nasty stuff

How to get fishing patterns right down to the fishes' feeding level

Catch 'em or spook 'em

A permit lesson in Guanaja

A bank to myself

Charles Jardine wanders the banks of Pitsford with a 4-weight and his sketchbook

Marabou magic

Tie these competition winning marabou patterns

Tag team

Why red in a pattern can make a difference to mullet

Last-minute Buzzers

A pattern for autumn days

Angling club of the month

Bradford City Angling Association, a club intent on improving its fishing

Weight and shape

A new, flexible fly-weighting product made of tungsten alloy, under review


October 2017

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Autumn Queen

Tie the lightweight fly which is tailor-made for marginal fry feeders

Shocking pinks

Where have they come from, and what will they mean for our native fish stocks?

Gold on Sunset Strip

An autumn fly for clearing water, and a tactic for deep lying salmon

Trout under the Tuscan sun

Fly fishing four markedly different rivers

Chuck it with chance

Special flies, gear and tactics for fishing baitfish on rivers

Any port in a storm

What to look for in order to be successful with harbour mullet

Clouser & Kreh's record breaker

Jo Stephenson demonstrates the dressing which was taken by her Norwegian record fly-caught halibut

Get a life

Wild places, wild fish but no wild-brained guides!

Hostile and loch-style

Attracting fish to the surface on wild Brenig

The marabou magician

Magic tricks for effective marabou flies

Daddy to the rescue

Whether you fish river, lake or sea trout, a dry daddy is essential

Angling club of the month

Finore Angling Association in the south of Co Tyrone

On the bench

Review of a hair compactor

800 lots make £100,000

Reports from the antique tackle auction


September 2017

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To wade, or not to wade?

Is lugging waders into the hill worth the effort?

Streamer power

The dark arts of streamer fishing for river trout

Sweeping up at Farmoor

Combatting the 'dog day' heat on reservoirs

Big surprises with the micro-streamer

Low, thin water can produce stunning results using this style of fly and tactic

Surface thrills

How to enjoy thrilling salmon fishing with a surface-fished fly

September banker

How to catch a shy and secretive September wild trout

Sure fire for the Suir

Upstream nymphing on Ireland's productive but testing river Suir

The trout forecast

Why the weather plays a vital part in river fishing

Tangled up in blue

When to use blue flies

Spanish fly

Family fun plus saltwater sport on the Med

Squid's in

Bjarne Laursen's remarkable Kattegat Squid

Angling club of the month

Dom Garnett meets the Wilton Fly Fishing Club

EJ 'Ted' Malone

Farewell to a 'gentle giant' of Irish angling

Skid marks on the highway!

Chris Sandford visits 'Ye Olde English Fly Shop' in Florida


August 2017

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Salmon on the run

Tactics to intercept running fish

Little and Large

Howard Croston explains the advantages of his river duo system

Head for the hills

Are you ready to hit the high lochs?

Tie the E-Z Sandeel

A lifelike pattern for seaside sport

Splashdown on Exmoor

Tackling the coch y bonddu beetle fall

The angel’s share

A mobile salmon fly which works from now until the season’s end

Sweden’s super Sedge

Tie the low-floating attractor for summer evenings

Win £250 worth of Semperfli materials!

In our easy to enter quiz

Highland trout tour

3 men in a converted van

Don’t go fishing without this fly

Pearl of wisdom for wet-fly fishers

A fishery on my doorstep

Finding a range of fly fishing within walking distance

Club of the month

The Welsh club with 2 superb miles of trout river

Summer sweetener

Be fully prepared for the greenfly fall

Bass by the acre

Charles Jardine experiences “the best ever” Father’s Day present


July 2017

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Make your midge battle-plans

4 steps to consider for your defence… and comfort!

Take a Tees break

Long wild-trout weekend on river and lake

Sunshine & silver salmon

Icelandic tips and tying styles of low, clear water

The talented Mr Carnill

Mark Bowler on the life and legacy of Bob Carnill

Peter kicks back

George Barron adapts the Green Peter for modern tactics

Rock ’n roll-casting

Meet Gary Brooker, Procol Harum’s ‘fishing mad’ front man

Ringing the changes

Is it nature or nurture that alters a brown trout’s feeding pattern?

Christchurch Angling Club

The Hampshire club that has it all

Last chance saloon

Low water, bright conditions. Ally Gowans explores the salmon fisher’s options

Seeing’s believing

How to take advantage of a fish you can see in the water

Points for style

Magnus Angus looks at the flies that won this season’s Novice Fly-tying League

Win Triangle Taper fly lines!

Answer 6 questions to enter


June 2017

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Kite was right!

… deduces Brian Harris

The gem in the Central Belt

Discover a great little trout river in the centre of Scotland

Catwalk Damsels

The secret to imitation success

Top tip for May

Charles Jardine says: this is what you need

Sheila loves peat

The salmon fly for dark, peaty waters

A ‘second half’ tactic

Using Waddingtons for sea trout on a floating line at night

Smutty business

How to tie a Smut fly

The other side of the Annan

Dumfries-shire brown trout on dry fly

Hang time

Learn the deadly stillwater art of ‘the hang’

Hell’s wels

Monster catfish on fly in central Florence

100 years in Inverness

The club that celebrates its centenary, and two world champions

Trialling the FX1

A day out with Scott Mackenzie’s Graphene salmon rod

Roll your own Mayfly

By using sheep’s wool


May 2017

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Experience the Lochmaddy effect

Tie this proven wet-fly style

Steal yourself a trout

5 crucial factors to put an extra fish in the bag

Salmon in the gloom

A specially designed fly for dull days and evenings

Go with the wind

A fly and tactic to help get your season underway on stillwater

The Italian job

Presentation casting with the TLT guru

Take a civilised lunch

Use this fly at lunchtime in the early season

Secret Alps

The Austrian ski areas for some of Europe's best wild lake fishing

Win a 2-weight rod!

Just answer 6 questions to enter

The Blagdon worm-fest

Stumbling on a chance natural happening after heavy rain

Northern fly-fisher's dream

Focus on Burnley's Mitre Angling Club

Angling for lost youth

How can we attract more youngsters into our sport?


April 2017

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A little ray of sunshine

On a difficult day Mick Huffer explains why he turns to the Olive Sun Nymph when conditions get bright

Setting the modern booby trap

Charles Jardine gets an update on Booby fishing from Farmoor regular Jim Longmore

Beat the wind

Dave Southall says a windy day can make for superb fishing, provided you can cope

The MacMay happy meal

Neil Patterson introduces a tasty Mayfly pattern

The full pint

Tony Richards recounts a meeting with a huge Seychelles milkfish

6 Key anchormen

Allan Liddle considers flies for the crucial role at the tail end of the wet-fly cast

Dressing for G-Day

Oliver Edwards equips us with a fly pattern for every stage of the grannom hatch

Waste not, want not

Malcolm Greenhalgh looks into the legalities and practicalities of using fur and feather from road-kill

On your bike!

Anthony Glasgow saves hours of walking to remote waters by getting on his mountain bike

Sea trout Charmer

Dai Jones demonstrates his Snake fly pattern which is deadly in all conditions


March 2017

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Catch a springer today

How modern gear and flies van help you to be successful

Reservoir Spiders

6 magic tactics for lakes

Preparing for G-Day

Oliver Edwards gets us ready for the grannom mass-hatch

Cast like a guru

An easy tip for extra distance

Mine's a double!

Iceland's huge, wild brownies on stillwater tactics

Dr Bell's simple hero

Why you can rely on the Grenadier

The Great British Boil Off

Portable stoves in a brew-up test

Souped-up Sawyer

Add some modern touches to a favourite Nymph

The second great debate

The case for why the complete angler ties his own flies

The wonder of Woolley's

Tie this old, no-frills wet fly in next to no time

Jingle all the way

Tie this superb dry fly


February 2017

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Skagits & stingers

Adopting steelhead tactics and fly styles for spring salmon

Do the Grafham shuffle

Low-down on local tactics for tackling winter killer shrimp feeders

Deadlier Spiders

The secrets to fishing them on rivers

Catch the winter window

Making the most of the grayling's midday rise

The specialist for slow glides

How to tie the Speytruder - an Intruder tied for spring salmon

Catch the wave

Learn to spot the 20-second opportunity for mullet in the surf

Prepare for dirty work

Algal blooms? Stirred up water? You need the Murk-meister. How to tie and fish it.

200 sea trout per season

The Scottish club that has access to a silver-lined coastline

Back-packer's rod

A review of a new rod made specifically for back-packing

Welcome to permit country

Non-stop saltwater action from Belize

A killer's cold stare

Keeping warm whilst searching out winter pike


January 2017

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Fish in Santa's grayling grotto

Helicopter into remotest Lapland (in summer, of course!)

Chomp! Chomp!

How to tie and fish this 'on the drop' specialist fly

Wild trout from the wolf's lair

Making a hard-core wild-trout hike into the wilderness

It's only rock 'n roll...

The all-time top 10 fishing songs

Tie the Willie Gunn of the future

Same colours, all the mod-cons

Bruce Sandison 1938–2016

The life and legacy of a wild trout hero

Mop 'em up!

All you need to know about the Mop Fly

Meet the Bustards (and March Browns)

The winged styles of North Country Spiders

Flick of a Japanese wand

Tenkara – alive and well in Wales

Festive Quiz

Win a £500 Mill Flycraft rod

Ring in the new

3 ultra-modern ways with grayling

Visible tension

A professor of materials analyses what happens to stressed monofilament


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