Park Shrimp Conehead
Ross Macdonald remembers the birth of his modern classic.
Eoin Fairgrieve's Casting School Part 13: Shooting Lines
Discover how to hit the far bank and avoid tangles
Bridging The Gap
Troubled by the middle-dropper position? Stan Headley recommends a stunning pattern for loch salmon and sea-trout, dressed in a clever way
A Grand Plan
Giles Catchpole makes some surprising New Year’s resolutions
Stan Headley searches for the elusive sea-trout of Loch Ailsh in the northwest Highlands.
Hop To It
Richard Donkin has a no-nonsense approach to tackle and amphibians.
Giles Catchpole wonders how he should celebrate the season
A Switch Rod With Soul
HARDY DEMON SWITCH, £549.99
Mr Goldhead And The Grayling
Lawrence Catlow fishes the rapidly recovering River Irfon in Powys.
Eoin Fairgrieve's Casting School Part 12: Skagit Heads
Why this heavy line will help your spring salmon fishing.
Alone On The River
Cliff Hatton encounters a mighty Wye salmon.
The strangest things can inspire us to tie a fly, writes Ross Macdonald.
Year Of The Big Brownies
Andrew Flitcroft explains why Rutland Water has experienced arguably its best-ever brown trout season.
Trouting For Old Blokes
Jon Beer fishes in Holmfirth, a Yorkshire town made famous by a trio of bumbling retired men.
Tried & Tested
SCOTT MACKENZIE’S MUCH-HYPED GRAPHENE ROD HAS BEEN PUT THROUGH ITS PACES ALL SEASON. IS IT WORTH BUYING?
One To Show Your Grandchildren
Want to catch a truly enormous silver salmon? For Matt Harris, the only place to go is Patagonia.
Ross Macdonald reflects on a Lochy fly tied by his father, Kenny.
He’s caught one salmon, but can Giles Catchpole catch another?
PART 11: MAINTAIN YOUR TACKLEDiscover ways to extend the life of your rods and fly-lines
Bucking The Trend
James Beeson looks inside a new salmon hatchery on a Cornish river.
A Time Of Plenty
For grayling addicts, such as Howard Colmer, winter’s short days can provide long and wonderful memories.
Waiting For The Inny
Chris McCully chases spate-river salmon in Co Kerry.
LOUGH MASK is the wilder and lesser-known neighbour of the famous Lough Corrib, but for all that it is no less productive and is rightly considered one of the great loughs of Ireland. The 20,500-acre lake holds very good stocks of wild brown trout, though it is deeper and more exposed than Corrib so weather can be an important factor in determining success.
PROBABLY THE most famous fishery in Ireland, and certainly its greatest limestone lough, Corrib has been attracting anglers to the Emerald Isle since Victorian times. At a staggering 44,000 acres it is the largest lake in the Republic – a vast expanse that’s characterised by sheltered bays, rocky shores and an array of islands.
THERE CAN be few places in fishing more famous than the Royalty Fishery on the Hampshire Avon, even Mr Crabtree has fished its illustrious waters. Two seasons ago an enormous salmon of 40lb was caught in the spring at the Royalty and big salmon are regularly caught in the early months of the season.
ONE OF Hampshire’s famous chalkstreams, the Itchen is shorter than its equally famous neighbour, the Test, and is therefore more exclusive. Many Itchen beats are controlled by syndicates and private owners with fishing reserved for members and friends only, although there is some day-ticket availability – and even a free stretch through Winchester city centre.
THE BLACKWATER rises in the boglands of County Kerry, and although the peaty tinge it carries gives rise to its name it also flows through limestone and that helps it to support a diverse range of fly-life which provides plenty of sustenance for salmon parr and trout. The river is one of Ireland’s most productive salmon fisheries, along with the River Moy.
Grayling In Kite Country
Spectacular scenery and great sport are found by James Beeson in the Wye Valley.
Stuck In The Middle With You
Stan Headley describes how boat partners can make him happy or drive him to distraction
50 Grilse And Counting
William and Alastair Peake experience breathtaking sport with shoals of salmon in Sutherland