Trout & Salmon August 2019

Trout & Salmon magazine has been the voice of fly fishing since 1955. Every issue, the world’s most respected writers and experts in salmon, trout and sea-trout fishing contribute inspirational articles, along with beautiful photography from the world’s finest game-fishing destinations. Learn from expert fishermen who describe the latest tactics and flies that are bringing success. Read our guides on the UK's best game fisheries. See what's being caught with our authoritative record documenting the state of Britain and Ireland’s wild game fisheries. And decide on your latest kit purchase with the best comparison tests in fly fishing.

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first salmon

I’M SITTING WAITING FOR AN ENEMA to work. “How long will it take?” I ask the vet. “Depends,” he says. “It could be instant … could be hours.” Making matters worse, it’s throwing it down outside and the terrier won’t set foot in the garden, which is where I need her right now. Charlie’s unwell. She’s not been eating and little has been forthcoming at the other end. So, while we wait for the loosening, I thought I’d take my mind off the disturbing present and discuss what’s been happening on the water in recent weeks. I’d been praying for a wet summer following last year’s extraordinary heat and it appears my wish has been granted - so far. The thing is, I could have done with rain before my three…

1 minutos
wish you were here?

RIVER DERWENT, CUMBRIA Castle Fisheries controls 12 miles of mostly double-bank fishing on the River Derwent. Known for its salmon and sea-trout, this river also has a little-known population of big wild trout. Rising beneath Scafell Pike and flowing through Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake into the picturesque Derwent valley, the river enters the Irish Sea at Workington. The lakes filter the water so it is often crystal clear, even after heavy rain. The secluded Armathwaite beat (pictured), just below Bassenthwaite, has striking views east to the imposing fells. It is facinating water, overhung by trees, fringed by meadow, with fast runs, deep pools, and small islands. Booking Brown trout season April 1-September 30. Booking Armathwaite is a two-rod beat, costing £50 for two trout rods per day (salmon, £150 for two rods). In all,…

1 minutos
double take

This stunning 8lb brown trout was caught on May 20 by 22-year-old Connor Newcombe on the Peebleshire AA stretch of the River Tweed. It wasn’t their first meeting. At 4.30pm on May 13, Connor had covered a fish with a size 14 CDC Olive, but had been “snapped straight away”. He waited a week and at exactly the same time over the same lie he cast again – olives were floating downstream and this time he put up a size 14 Deer Hair Emerger. A fish rose on the third cast and after "massive headshakes" ran downstream for 100 yards taking backing three times as Connor ran after it. He said, “At one point the 4lb leader caught on a tree limb in the middle of the river.” Finally, the monster trout was netted by a…

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to turkey for salmon

Feeling fit? Salmon-fisher Orlando Hill plans to cycle from London to Istanbul this summer to raise money for the Atlantic Salmon Trust. Orlando graduates from Newcastle University in July and has previously worked as a gillie on the River Dionard in Sutherland where his family holiday every year and which he describes as “My favourite place on earth”. He will be joined on the 2,800-mile journey by three friends: Humphrey Codrington, James Cleverly and Joe Brockbank. They leave on June 24 and hope to arrive in Istanbul on July 27, cycling 80 miles per day and carrying everything they need, including tents. Orlando explained, “We want to raise money for the AST because of how evident the decline in wild stocks has been, especially in the last two years. We want to raise…

2 minutos
5 minute interview

When did you start fishing? My first rod was bought for me from Woolworths as a present on my eighth birthday. It was made of some type of indestructible plastic and was a sickly off-white colour. I don’t recall ever catching a fish with it and it was lost when I accidentally burnt down my family home. So not as indestructible as the makers had me think. Now that you’ve tried fly-fishing, what do you think of it? Without a float to watch I never achieve the serenity I crave. Maybe if I could cast properly that would come. What advice would you give someone taking up fly-fishing? Listen to your teacher and spend as much time practising your cast as you do trying to catch a fish. Is Paul Whitehouse a good tutor? Paul is knowledgeable,…

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angler's bookshelf

Fly patterns collated by Moc Morgan and Emrys Evans, with Frank Ward's coveted The Lakes of Wales. NO. 12 FISHING THE LAKES OF WALES The earliest books on fishing in Wales are mainly of historical interest, but two books published in the early years of the 20th Century remain of great practical use today. Fishing in Wales by Walter Gallichan, published in 1903, is especially interesting when it describes his journeys on foot among the mountain lakes of North Wales. His descriptions of the size and characteristics of the fish that he caught, the flies and methods that he used, and the glorious scenery of the hills, have been an inspiration to wild trout fishermen for more than a century. Then, in 1931, Frank Ward published a gazetteer of The Lakes of…