Welcome to Issue Four of Today’s FlyFisher…
Issue Four of our magazine is now on sale at newsagents across the UK. Alternatively you can by direct from our website. There are 132 pages of stillwater and river features, tackle reviews, fly tying, top fish catching patterns and destination features printed on beautiful paper that shows off the photography amazingly well. Thank you to everyone who has helped and encouraged us to get this far. Here is what’s inside…
Crystal clear water, stunning landscapes and wonderful hospitality. Andy Smith heads to Iceland, experiencing seriously big sea trout, salmon on the top of the water – and reminds us not to forget the 10lb-plus wild brownies! Rasmus Oveson heads to Bosnia and Herzegovina to sample its grayling and red-spotted trout among other species particular to the region. Jo Stephenson travels to southern Patagonia for a trek into the Argentine wilderness to experience an array of shining silver beasts, awe-inspiring browns and the occasional armadillo.
Closer to home, Bradley Chalmers is off in pursuit of sea trout and sea bass on the Tay estuary in Dundee; Airflo’s Ceri Thomas and Tim Hughes take on fighting-fit rainbows at Llyn Clywedog; Kieron Jenkins and Callum Russell catch on the Itchen; and Snowbee’s Simon Kidd enjoys Dartmoor’s small but beautiful brown trout.
Top competition angler Mark Withyman shares his secrets of his fly box for success on still waters in the South West of England, plus there’s more on flies from our panel of experts. We’ve Richard Garbett on easy-to-tie damsels; David Hesletine on buzzers for all seasons; Jamie Sanford on flies for carp (yes, really!); and Dominic Garnett makes his recommendations for chub in the suburbs. We introduce Hannah Kramer, who reveals the flies with which she catches brown on the wild Colorado, while closer to home Paul Fairhurst talks flies for wild fish in England’s northern rivers. Plus there’s expert tying advice from Kieron Jenkins on dry flies for summer, and Kevin Porteous on why tying your own flies will help you catch more fish.
We take a look at the latest kit from Scierra, Snowbee, Wychwood, Airflo, JMC, Fulling Mill and Chalk – plus we put flies from My Fishing Flies, Turrall, Fulling Mill, Selectafly and Gourmet Flies under the microscope. We also examine the latest fly tying materials from Flybox, Ahrex Hooks, Semperfli and FNF.
Techniques and tactics is covered in depth this issue, with Ben Bangham going for a lighter touch on Hampshire rivers. Terry Phillips also talks river tactics for rising fish; while Tom Bird hangs it all out on the washing line, detailing flies and leader set-up for success.
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