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Trout & Salmon February 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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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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all set?

THAT’S IT… I SNORED THROUGH The Queen’s Speech, the mince pies are finished, the Christmas tree is blowing around like tumbleweed in the backyard and if gout has anything to do with rich living, I’m due a bout. It’s time to think about my NYRs again. Between you, me and the wife, they are a bit of a no-no in our house. We think about them for a day or two and then come to our senses. In all our married years we’ve never kept a New Year’s Resolution, at least not one requiring extensive physical exertion. I often think a new pushbike might swing it, but the best place for a MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra) to ride a bike near me is Rutland Water and how can I be expected…

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what our contributors are doing this month

CRAIG MACADAM Bug of the month writer Craig is national coordinator of the Riverfly Recording Schemes. He is never happier than when turning stones in a Highland stream or searching for riverflies in remote hill lochs. This month he’s looking forward to sampling in the Cairngorms, researching the impacts of climate change. COLIN RIACH Photographer Colin’s usual winter grayling fishing is on hold while he has physio on a shoulder injury brought about by casting. Thankfully, his photography of the local pheasant shoot is unaffected. The lay-off gives him the chance to dye materials and clear out his fly-boxes for a much-needed restocking. ROB DENSON Rob will be dyeing seal fur, deer hair and teal feathers this month and experimenting with new colours for next season. He puts his rods away for winter and concentrates…

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wish you were here?

ANNANDALE ESTATES, RIVER ANNAN You may have driven over this wonderful spring trout beat while heading north or south on the M74. With just ten named pools over 5½ miles, its long glides are home to trout of more than 5lb. Spring (late May to early June) is the best time, among budding leaves and flowers, nibbled pasture, scented woodland and hatches of large dark olives. Initially, you’ll hear the motorway, but its sound will soon be muted by the noise of nature. Take a stick to negotiate a riverbed of uneven rocks and the odd shelf. Use a 9ft five-weight rod and a floating line - they will cover most pools and conditions. Fill a fly-box with Olive Duns, Paraduns, Emergers and Shuttlecocks in sizes 12-14, as well as a few…

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teith fish wins malloch

THE WINNER OF the 2018 Malloch Trophy, probably the most prestigious award in game-fishing, is Philip Black, who caught a 42in (estimated 28lb) salmon from the Dam pool on the Lanrick Estate water of the River Teith on March 24. Philip, from near Perth, had been invited to the Teith by his friend Jamie McCaig, but had “left it late” by landing the fish at around 4pm having “fished hard all day”. He had cast from a wall 10ft above the water and after fighting the fish in the tail for ten minutes, climbed down and brought the fish to the bank with the help of Jamie. Philip then broke his rod on the bank, but said, “I wasn't worried because we had him, a cracker of a springer.” The fly, which had…

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northern february red stonefly

The Northern February red stonefly (Brachyptera putata) is a special species. First found in the River Clyde in 1838, it now mainly occurs in northern Scotland, particularly the north-east and Cairngorms. Outside of Scotland, it has only been found on the Usk in Wales and Wye, and nowhere else in the world. Nymphs are found in the middle to lower reaches of larger rivers, with good water quality and clean gravels. Winter sunshine is essential so they tend to avoid stretches of river that are heavily shaded by bankside trees. They seem to prefer deeper areas of flowing water where they live among large stones. It’s thought that they feed by gathering tiny fragments of organic matter from the bed of the river. The nymphs emerge from their eggs in autumn and…

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dates for your diary

FEBRUARY 2 & MARCH 9 Ladies Fishing Days River Tweed (with Orvis of Kelso) ladiesfishing.co.uk FEBRUARY 9-10 British Fly Fair International 2019 Staffordshire County Showground bffi.co.uk MARCH 1-3 Glasgow Angling Centre Spring Open Weekend The Point Retail Park, Saracen Street fishingmegastore.com MARCH 8-17 Wild Trout Trust Spring Auction wildtrout.org On eBay and by post MARCH 9-10 The Scottish Fly Fair Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling scottishflyfair.org MARCH 22-23 The London Fly Fishing Fair Business Design Centre, London thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk MAY 11-12 Sportfish Show Theale, Reading sportfish.co.uk JUNE 8-9 The Fishing Show Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate hookedonfishing.co.uk…

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