Trout & Salmon December 2020

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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editor's letter

YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT TWO YEARS AGO we published a fly-tying book. It sold out. 248 Modern Flies & How To Tie Them was a collection of trout, salmon, sea-trout and grayling flies that had appeared in Trout & Salmon over the past decade. I’m pleased to say we’ve just produced a second volume, chockful of 258 patterns. It will be available from mid-November (see p21). The new book explains essential tying techniques, as well as dressings for each fly and many photographic sequences. It is spiral-bound and can be laid flat or stood upright for ease of use. It is a quality book containing many of the most successful modern flies tied in the UK. If you’re in search of a stocking filler, something sure to keep you busy through…

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can’t buy a print copy? download our digital edition

In the event of it being difficult to buy a print copy of Trout & Salmon in a newsagents, your favourite magazine is available on digital platforms. So, if you can’t find us in stores, or if you’re stuck inside, please consider: • Downloading our Trout & Salmon app from the iOS or Android app stores. We have superb one-off subscription offers. You can also purchase single-copy issues if you wish. If you’re a Kindle Fire user, you can download our magazines from Amazon Newsstand. • If you are a print subscriber and we cannot deliver issues to you owing to the Covid-19 situation, please visit: where clear updates will be given. We appreciate your support and readership during this period of uncertainty.…

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first cast

HELP FOR THE HEART OF WALES Some good news for anglers on the Welsh Dee. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has started work on a five-year £6.8 million project to restore the river and its tributaries to a “natural state” and improve the numbers of salmon. The 68-mile Dee, which flows from Snowdonia to Chester, is designated a Special Area of Conservation. Work will improve fish passage through 11 weirs (pictured is Erbistock Weir), add 4,000 tonnes of gravel, 4,500 tonnes of boulders and 1,000 tonnes of woody material. Some 22 miles of bank will be restored through managed grazing, fencing and planting, the work undertaken with co-operation from farmers and landowners. Artificial embankments will be removed and pollution from forestry reduced. NRW will also hold more than 50 events to engage…

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ONE LAST CAST George Birtwell from Brighton is pictured with his first-ever salmon, 12lb, alongside gillie Jimmy Grey at Lower Beat One on the River Spey. “I had spent all day learning to spey cast,” said George. “The other anglers were heading into the hut for a whisky and I was about to call it a day, but well-known salmon fisherman Ian Gordon stopped me and said, ‘I don’t think you should go. You must go out and have another cast.’ He kindly tied on one of his flies and encouraged me to stick at it for the last half-hour. I was soon playing my first salmon. I am just over the moon, it’s a dream come true. Without Ian’s positivity and encouragement I would have gone home. He must have…

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nymphing on the nore

WITH THE concentration of a heron, waist deep and seemingly unaffected by the fast flow breaking around him, he watches his leader as it enters the colliding currents almost directly beneath his rod tip. There’s a deft flick of the wrist, the rod hoops and another hard-fighting River Nore brown trout is hooked. I am watching a masterclass in modern Euro nymphing, a technique that Irish international Peter Driver has honed over the past 24 years. A retired psychologist, Peter is a committee member of Thomastown Angling Association, as well as the fly-fishing instructor behind the one-stop shop, Piscari Fly, in Co Kilkenny. He competes around the world but is never happier than when fishing on the Nore. Peter started fishing with his father at the age of nine on the small…

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SEASON Trout, Apr 1-Sep 30. Salmon, Mar 17-Sep 30. THOMASTOWN ANGLING ASSOCIATION Day tickets: €15 trout, €25 salmon. From Simon Treacy Hardware, Market Street, Thomastown. Week tickets: €60 trout, €100 salmon. Season tickets: €150 for non-local rods, limited to 50 tickets, first come, first served. €50 for a local living within Thomastown. Web: thomastown fishing.wordpress. com MOUNT JULIET ESTATE Guest tickets: €30 half day, €60 full day, trout or salmon. Syndicate ticket: €200 a season, trout or salmon. €350 a season, trout and salmon. Tel: +353 56 777 3000. Web:…