12 Finlay Wilson discovers stunning wild brownies on the beautiful island of South Uist

36 A trip down memory lane with salmon-fisher Ian Gordon

38 The hunt for sea-trout in Sir Walter Scott’s favourite Tweed pool

50 Andrew Flitcroft experiences explosive dry-fly sport in Rutland Water’s shallows

59 Jim Coates in conversation with trailblazer Glenda Powell

64 A look inside the fly-box of instructor Malcolm Douglas

70 Paul Procter pits dry-fly against nymph on the Derbyshire Wye


3 Editor’s welcome

8 First Cast

20 On the River with Dani Morey

24 Letters to the editor

33 Simon Cooper’s Trout Talk

35 Bob White is The Gillie

130 Last Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


77 Quick fix: unravel a tangle of nylon

78 No-nonsense solutions for better sport in Game-fishers’ Surgery

82 Rob Denson shines a light on seal’s fur

84 Tapered leader advice from Don Stazicker

89 Stuart Foxall peps up the world-famous Elk Hair Sedge


27 Stan Headley looks at fly colour and analyses the use of red

46 Meet Swedish fly-tyer Johan Klingberg

92 Wychwood, Schöffel, Redington, Loomis and Tacky gear reviewed

95 The latest fly-tying materials

96 Which salmon rod? We put ten 12ft models to the test


10 Gallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

101 Fishing reports and news

123 Crossword competition

124 Troutmasters badge winners

126 Properties with fishing

129 Reader offer: trout travel outfit