12 Share in Peter Gathercole’s celebration of Chew Valley Lake

26 Digby Lewis recalls trips to fish the mayfly on the great loughs of Western Ireland

38 Wild trout in a secluded corner of the Lake District provide Paul Procter with absorbing sport

46 Irish guide Stevie Munn’s favourite angling possessions

54 Don Stazicker explains how to use the wind to your advantage

63 Mike Handyside walks the riverbank with Louis Noble

72 Fish a full floating line for salmon. Jim Coates shares his trusted methods

106 Fish and stay in angler-friendly hotels and cottages


3 Editor’s welcome

20 Colin Macleod’s Hebridean diary

22 Letters to the editor

33 Trout Talk with Simon Cooper

35 Dani Morey’s View from the hut

36 Cockwill’s conundrum

138 Last Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


79 Quick fix: Unclog hook eyes

80 Waterside wisdom from our panel of experts

84 Rob Denson checks out flash

86 Get ready for the large dark olive hatches with Steve Cullen

91 Stuart Foxall ties a failsafe Buzzer

92 Simon Sinclair’s dry-fly advice


48 Meet Tasmanian guide Christopher Bassano

70 Kieron Jenkins selects three classic stillwater flies

94 New tackle reviewed

97 New materials for tying trout and salmon patterns

98 A comprehensive test of 11 light river rods


8 First Cast

10 Gallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

111 Fishing reports and news

129 Reader offer: salmon rod and reel

130 Troutmasters badge winners

134 Property with fishing for sale

137 Crossword competition