12 A stay at the Scourie Hotel leads Finlay Wilson to a week of limitless hill loch fishing

28 Loyalty to a beat can pay huge dividends as Rob Hardy discovers on the River Tweed

42 Northumbrian rod David Carrick’s favourite fishing items

44 Hunting rising fish in the clear waters of the Wiltshire Avon

58 Jim Coates talks to inspiring Danish fly-fisher Sarah Ronholt

82 Chris McCully recommends a visit to remote Hury Reservoir in Co. Durham

100 Our guide to holiday accommodation with or near to fishing


3 Editor’s welcome

22 Colin Macleod’s Hebridean diary

24 Letters to the editor

39 Trout Talk with Simon Cooper

41 Dani Morey’s View from the hut

130 Last Cast goes to Giles Catchpole


67 Quick fix: dry your flies

68 Salmon- and trout-fishing insights from our panel of experts

72 Rob Denson showcases chenille

74 Spinning tactics for spring salmon with Tay gillie Calum McRoberts

79 Simon Sinclair’s fly-tying advice

80 Tie a stalking bug for big trout


52 Guide Ali Hutchens picks three of his favourite salmon patterns

91 Get a great deal on a Snowbee Gold cassette reel outfit

94 New gear reviewed including rods, clothing and accessories

99 A look at new fly-tying materials

123 Reader offer: half-price Greys rods


8 First Cast

10 Gallery with Sharpe’s of Aberdeen

105 Fishing reports and news

124 Troutmasters badge winners

126 Solve the huge Christmas Crossword for a chance to win a Sage Sonic rod and Spectrum reel