12tThe Spey’s longest tributary puts on the charm for Rob Hardy

30tScot Steve Cullen feels right at home on Leicestershire’s pine-fringed Thornton Reservoir

44tProfessor Michael Bibby’s favourite tackle items

46tOn the Wiltshire Avon, Paul Procter searches for clues to beetle-feeding brownies

56tJim Coates discusses salmon tactics and challenges with Ayrshire expert Bill Gracie

68tDon Stazicker explores the effect of wind on water, trout and our fishing prospects

76tBright skies and low water don’t deter Stan Headley in his quest for an Arran sea-trout


3tEditor’s welcome

22tColin Macleod’s Hebridean diary

24tLetters to the editor

39tTrout Talk with Simon Cooper

41tDani Morey’s View from the hut

42tCockwill’s conundrum

130tLast Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


83tQuick fix: the car boot trug

84tSalmon and trout fishing insights from our panel of experts

88tRob Denson on synthetic dubbing

90tCatching big fish on light tackle with Rob Edmunds

95tSimon Sinclair’s nymphing advice

96tTying the Monnow Mayfly


64tDavid Park shares three favourite river trout patterns

98tA first look at new tackle including bespoke scoop nets and Hardy’s 150th anniversary reel

103tFly-tying products to try at your vice


8tFirst Cast

10tGallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

105tFishing reports and news

122tTroutmasters badge winners

124tReader offer: river trout kit

125tCrossword competition

126tFind a dream home with fishing