12 Rob Hardy meets two fine fishermen on Ireland’s River Nore

28 A guide to the River Don, its trout and promising salmon run, by Craig Fleming

44 The people and tackle that matter most to Wild Trout Trust founder Mike Weaver

47 Jon Beer’s history of the River Lea at Amwell Magna


72 Jim Coates meets world-renowned salmon angler Topher Browne

79 Start grayling fishing this winter with Don Stazicker

86 Matt Harris shares his approach to catching big reservoir pike on the fly


3 Editor’s letter

8 First Cast

22 On the river with Marina Gibson

24 Letters to the editor

41 Simon Cooper’s chalkstream diary

43 Bob White is The Gillie

130 Giles Catchpole’s Last Cast


54 Peter Cockwill gets to know Brick Farm Lakes in East Sussex

60 Find out how to weight flies and whether to use a double-taper line in Trout-Fishers’ Surgery

64 Martin Blakeston’s favourite flies

66 Ways to hunt huge reservoir trout with Rob Edmunds


26 Rob Denson identifies a successful middle-dropper pattern

92 Our pick of the best fly-fishing gifts for Christmas

124 Treat yourself to a Hardy Ultralite Titanium reel with our up-to-half-price offer


10 Gallery

99 The latest fishing reports from leading rivers and stillwaters in the UK & Ireland

122 Troutmasters news

125 Crossword competition

126 Properties with fishing for sale