Trout & Salmon November 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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first cast

GUESS WHAT I SAW… Fish often don’t feature in our most memorable fishing trips. Which is something understood by the writers of Not Really About Fishing – A Little Book of Riverside Moments. This delightful “loo” read published by the Wild Trout Trust introduces 25 authors, some new, some experienced, including T&S’s Jon Beer, who describe their favourite fishing encounters with wildlife in 160 words or less. The Trust said, “It is a chance to let their creativity swim free and channel their inner poet.” Stories include Kevin Parr putting down his fishing rod to watch the ghost-like beauty of the barn owl hunting beside his river and Michelle Werrett’s two kingfishers split by the cast of her line. Otters, water voles, grass snakes, weasels and badgers all make an appearance. Trust director…

6 minutos

FISH OF THE MONTH EQUAL TO THE TEST Twelve-year-old Piers Fisher, from Winchester, proudly shows off a beautiful 8lb 1oz brown trout. Astonishingly, the big fish was the first trout he’d ever cast to and caught by himself. The fish took a dry sedge pattern while Piers and his father Roland were fishing beat four of Pittleworth, on Hampshire’s middle River Test, but it was far from plain sailing. The hot and sunny conditions meant the fish were easily spooked and a fine 7X tippet was needed to get offers. “Piers could put little pressure on the fish and after fighting it for about ten minutes it took off downstream, running out of the pool and through the hatch,” said Roland. The rod had to be passed through the hatch from keeper…

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sharpe’s fish of the month

Caught a memorable fish? Send a picture and brief story to Each picture published (p10-11) will receive a Sharpe’s of Aberdeen cap. The captor of the Fish of the Month will receive a Sharpe’s rod of their choice. Our winner may have recently landed a big fish, first fish or unusual fish. They may simply have told a wonderful tale. The editor’s decision is final.For terms and conditions, visit: For our Privacy Policy:…

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land’s end

I’VE DREAMED ABOUT FISHING ON Shetland many times over the decades. It’s a bucket-list destination for anyone who loves chasing wild brown trout in the lochs of Scotland. The amount of fishing is phenomenal, the quality of the trout outstanding, and the landscape stark and arresting. It’s a potent, dizzying mix and in early August, I was finally able to see it for myself. Knowing where to start can be perplexing, but the Shetland Anglers’ Association publishes a guide to more than 70 lochs, an invaluable introductory read to help you get your bearings, though choosing which of the islands to visit may still prove tricky. Fortunately, photographer Euan Myles was already in situ when I touched down at Sumburgh airport and we were able to hit the ground running with…

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SEASONS Trout — March 15 to October 6; sea-trout — February 25 to October 31. PERMITS Just £30, which allows anglers to fish on all the lochs for the entire season. Juniors (under 16) go free. Available from several outlets in Lerwick or directly from the Shetland Anglers’ Association. Web: The Trout Fishing in Shetland brochure can be bought from the website for £2.50. The use of boats can be obtained for an additional £30 for the season. Fishing on Unst is run by Unst Angling Club. Anyone wanting to fish the Simmer Dim Fishing Festival should contact Davie McMillan:, tel: 07930 253 850. TACKLE Take standard loch-style trout rods, 9ft to 11ft, 5wt to 7wt. Full floating lines will cover most eventualities, though poly tips and an intermediate line may prove helpful…

6 minutos
yellow peril

STAN HEADLEY has been fishing for trout since he was a boy and is author of Trout & Salmon Flies of Scotland, The Loch Fisher’s Bible and a compilation of T&S work Reflections on the Loch YELLOW IS A FASCINATING FLY colour. There are traditional yellow patterns that are effective and popular all over the UK and, due to mayfly coloration, it is immensely popular in Irish trout flies. Of course, many shades of yellow exist, including golden-olive. There is a good case in arguing that peach, so popular in the north of Scotland, is also a shade of yellow, albeit with hints of orange and red. As an imitative colour, yellow works not only in a mayfly scene but also as sedge-pupae mimic material. Strangely enough, in the past one of the…