Trout & Salmon February 2021

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

I’VE JUST BROKEN MY ENIGMA 10FT 7WT ROD. If anyone has one, they’ll know why I’m in mourning and why minutes after the fateful cast I was searching for another. Enigmas were made years ago and it seems — after a fruitless hunt online — they are now extinct. There was nothing fancy about the rod. In fact, I disliked its round single-leg rings (I prefer snakes) and its reel seat, which would work loose over time. The handle wasn’t the most comfortable, either. However, the blank was amazing — it suited me to a tee. It had a gorgeous, progressive mid-action, smooth in the stroke with bags of feel. You need to feel a rod load, especially when sea-trout fishing at night. It helps you judge when to lift off…

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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

LOCH NESS MONSTER This mighty ferox trout made headlines recently when his life in the depths of Scotland’s most famous loch was revealed by scientists from the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board (NDSFB) and Glasgow University. Named Brutus, he is the biggest ferox tracked in a study that aims to discover more about the mysterious fish-eating species’ habitat. Brutus is 2ft 9in long, weighs 16lb and is about 12 years old. He has been tracked for six miles. But NDSFB river director Chris Conroy revealed he is not the most energetic fish: “We released a female ferox in a tributary, then signals found her 15 miles away in the loch a week later.” The project uses mobile acoustic receivers and 20 fixed listening receivers to detect each fish and measure the…

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DOUBLE WHAMMY Rob Layton, from Pitsford in Northamptonshire, was fishing Church Hill Bay on Grafham Water’s North Shore when this stunning 13lb brown trout took his size 12 Diawl Bach on the top dropper of a 6lb leader. Rob said, “I met a friend mid-morning after being slow to get out of bed. It was a westerly wind, not great for Grafham, so we walked from Pylon Point to Church Bay where it was sheltered. Within minutes, I saw a huge fish rise ten yards off the bank. I assumed it was taking shrimp, so I covered it with a Shrimp and a Diawl Bach on a floating line. First cast, I felt it nip the flies. Nothing more happened for a couple of minutes and I thought I’d missed my…

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sparkling floors

I’LL ALWAYS HAVE A SOFT SPOT for Lower Floors on the River Tweed. It was there in early February a few years ago that I caught one of the finest salmon I’m ever likely to encounter in this country. An early spring fish of 24lb it was a bolt from the blue and the memory of its raw, savage power will stay with me forever. But that isn’t the only reason. Lower Floors is a simply fantastic beat and I’ve enjoyed many fine days there with friends and clients, mostly in late spring and summer. If you time it right, the salmon fishing is as good as it gets. From top to bottom there is more than 1½ miles of double-bank fishing. It offers perfect fly water — one sumptuous, streamy pool…

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BOOKING Lower Floors has 1½ miles of double bank for four rods and two full-time gillies. In June and July, only two rods are let. Gillies don’t accompany rods in June and July but will be on hand throughout the day if advice is needed. Prices are from £75 plus VAT in February up to £280 plus VAT in late summer/early autumn. For further details, contact the factor, Ed Brown. Tel: 01573 223 333. E-mail: ebrown@ Find more information at TACKLE In the colder months and higher water, a 14ft or 15ft rod is ideal with sinking line and tip options for fishing deeper when required. During the warmer months and in lower water, lighter rods, full floating lines and small flies are effective with slow-sinking or intermediate tips. FLIES Try tubes,…