12 Rob Hardy explores the Crathes Castle beat on Royal Deeside

28 Wild trout of outstanding quality and beauty draw Finlay Wilson to Loch Borralaidh

40 England international Simon Kidd’s memorable fishing items

42 Don Stazicker discovers a club with extensive fishing on some of the best waters in the North of England

54 Seven top dry-fly lessons from river specialist Paul Procter

70 Jim Coates in conversation with gifted artist and fly-dresser Gary Weir

94 Loch Glow bailiff Gerry McGirr shares his love for this moody reservoir in the Cleish Hills


3 Editor’s welcome

22 A season in the North Country with Matt Eastham

24 Letters to the editor

37 Trout Talk with Simon Cooper

39 Dani Morey’s View from the hut

130 Last Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


79 Quick fix: fly-line loading point

80 Waterside wisdom from our team of expert fly-fishers

84 Rob Denson looks at tail materials

86 Andrew Ryan shares his strategies for streamer fishing

91 Simon Sinclair on spring salmon

92 Tie a March Brown Spider


52 Author John Roberts chooses three flies for trout and grayling

62 Scandi-style trout patterns from Swedish tyer Håkan Karsnäser

104 New season tackle reviewed

108 The latest fly-tying products


8 First Cast

10 Gallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

109 Fishing reports and news

124 Troutmasters badge winners

126 Reader offer: half-price Greys rod

127 Crossword competition