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Trout & Salmon October 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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signs of maturity

I’VE RECENTLY MADE A LIFE-CHANGING discovery. It’s an aid that’s been around for a while, but until now I’ve refused point-blank to consider using one. It’s something that old blokes wear, old blokes who fiddle with small things in sheds. I tend to see people who look much older than me wear them on the river. But who am I kidding? Even Paul Procter wears one these days and if he can come to terms with ageing, so must I. I’m talking about Flip Focal magnifying lenses — the ones you fix to the peak of your tweed cap or, if you want to look “cool”, baseball cap. The first time I looked through them was a Borrowers, or, if you’re younger, Honey, I’ve Shrunk the Kids moment. I suddenly had huge…

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trout & salmon

EDITORIAL Telephone 01733 468 000 Editor Andrew Flitcroft Managing editor Richard Baker Staff writer Rob Hardy Editorial assistant Samantha Toombs Art editor Philippa Swanborough Art director Hakan Simsek Fishing Reports editor Milton Lindsay Photographer Jacques Portal ADVERTISING Commercial director Donna Harris 01733 395 028 Commercial manager Jonathan Taylor 01733 395 036 Telesales executive Lucy Curtis 01733 366 384 Telesales executive Catherine Whiteman 01733 366 355 MARKETING Telephone 01733 468 836 Marketing manager Susan Rogers Direct marketing manager Julie Spires Head of newstrade marketing Leon Benoiton Newstrade marketing manager Karen Caruso PRODUCTION Advertising production Danica Pembroke 01733 468 878 Print production Andrew Stafford Printed by William Gibbons & Sons Ltd. Distributed by Frontline BAUER CONSUMER MEDIA Editor-in-chief Steve Fitzpatrick Managing director Oswin Grady Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Digital managing director Charlie Calton-Watson Group commercial director Nicky Holt Group finance director Lisa Hayden CEO of Bauer Publishing UK Rob Munro-Hall…

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wish you were here?

Before the cold weather grips, there’s still time to fish Stirling’s The Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s premier rainbow-trout fishery. The 700-acre lake’s fleet of 35 boats is reduced to ten from November 1, giving the staff a well-earned rest, but boats are available up to and after Christmas (there is no bank fishing on Menteith). Winter fishing can be harsh, but this lake has many bays offering shelter and if you’re lucky you’ll see rising fish and enjoy dry-fly sport, although sinking-line tactics with fry and regular patterns will dominate if the fish are deeper. This historic venue has three islands, including the ruins of 13th-century Inchmahome Priory. It is an iconic trout fishery with a unique atmosphere where superb grown-on trout are caught all-year round. Sport this season has been particularly…

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fishing again

We are delighted to report that Bob Harrison, Trout & Salmon’s longstanding Tweed reporter, who suffered a severe stroke last year, is back among the fish. He’s pictured on a Wheelyboat at lovely Coldingham Loch in the Borders where he was accompanied by family friend Judy Whitelaw and her grandson Ewan, who rowed the boat. Bob landed one rainbow and lost two — a great result bearing in mind he is unable to use his right hand and has had to learn to cast with his left. Wonderful to see you on the water again, Bob.…

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angler's bookshelf

Flying Salmon, A Boy Goes Trouting and Catching Salmon & Sea-trout. NO. 15 G P R BALFOUR-KINNEAR (1888-1978 ) Read about the life of Balfour-Kinnear in "Fly-Fishing Luminaries" on p66. His writings were extensive. Flying Salmon (1937) is a useful explanation of greased-line fishing, and includes two entertaining chapters on fishing for salmon with flies without hooks. A second edition was produced in 1947, after the stock of the first edition (and of Spinning Salmon) was destroyed during the London Blitz. The second edition omits the hookless fly chapters, but makes detailed comparisons between the use of gut and new-fangled nylon. As Walton did with Piscator and Venator, Balfour-Kinnear uses an imaginary discourse between The Sheep and The Shepherd to explain his points. Spinning Salmon, published in 1938, covers lightweight thread-lining with the…

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igniting a passion

Aberdeen Fly Fish 50 is a new initiative that aims to take 50 people from their first cast to their first fish. Run by volunteers, it is hosted by the Dee Salmon Fishery Board with support from the River Don and River Deveron. The project gives lessons to beginners and intermediates as well as hosting “come and try” events. Dee fisheries development officer Ross Macdonald said, “We are delighted with the start we’ve made and I believe we can inspire new people to join us and share our passion.” In 2020 there will be five-lesson blocks at trout fisheries across Aberdeenshire with 50 new people receiving professional instruction. After three sessions, participants will be able to go fishing under their own steam but with follow-up support available. Ross said, “Tackle and safety equipment are…