12 The Brocklerigg beat of the River Annan casts its spell over editor Andrew Flitcroft

30 Finlay Wilson encounters hard-fighting trout at historic Linlithgow Loch

44 The treasured possessions and memories of retired police officer Alan Jackson

46 Jim Coates gets a casting masterclass from the wonderfully talented Eoin Fairgrieve

60 On Shetland, Jon Beer unearths a tale of wartime derring-do

72 Don Stazicker and Keiron Jenkins seek an urban hatch of March browns on the River Usk


3 Editor’s welcome

24 A season in the North Country with Matt Eastham

26 Letters to the editor

41 Trout Talk with Simon Cooper

43 Dani Morey’s View from the hut

146 Last Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


83 Quick fix: foam hook caps

84 Waterside wisdom from our team of expert fishers

88 Body hackles with Rob Denson

90 Howard Croston explains his drop-back bung method

95 Simon Sinclair on boat fishing

96 Stuart Foxall’s fly of the month


68 Six proven trout and grayling patterns from the vice of Dutchman Jan de Haas

98 A dozen 13ft salmon rods are put through their paces103 2023 Gear Guide

103 2023 Gear Guide

119 New fly-tying products


8 First Cast

10 Gallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

123 Fishing reports and news

139 Crossword competition

140 Troutmasters badge winners

143 Reader offer: a river trout kit