12 A winter hatch of olives enriches Paul Procter’s grayling day on Hampshire’s River Anton

30 Ian Wynn explains how his club solved the problem of a dwindling membership

40 Allan Sefton’s treasured tackle

42 Toby Coe fishes for spectacular brown trout on a little-known Icelandic lake

52 In a new series, Nicholas Fitton celebrates the art of downstream wet-fly fishing

58 Irish salmon ace Simon Cassidy in conversation with Jim Coates

66 Rob Hardy discovers spring trout and salmon fishing opportunities in Perthshire


3 Editor’s welcome

8 First Cast

20 On the River with Dani Morey

22 Letters to the editor

37 Simon Cooper’s Trout Talk

39 Bob White is The Gillie

130 Last Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


77 Quick fix: a sheep’s wool indicator

78 Our experts help improve your sport in Game-fishers’ Surgery

82 Rob Denson throws the spotlight on golden pheasant

84 Steve Cullen’s alternative stillwater set-ups

89 The Cat’s Whisker lure, pimped by Stuart Foxall


25 Stan Headley explores the use of green in loch-style flies

74 Three proven reservoir patterns selected by former England international Mark MacLeod

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

99 New fly-tying products, including partridge feathers and beads


10 Gallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

100 Reader offer: pick up a Greys QRS reel for only £70

101 Fishing reports and news

124 Troutmasters badge winners

126 Properties with fishing for sale

128 Crossword competition