Ed­i­tor’s wel­come

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News - Rus­sell Hill, ed­i­tor

GIVEN a rea­son­ably cool sum­mer, July can be an ex­cit­ing month on our still­wa­ters. The wa­ter has yet to reach the harm­ful tem­per­a­tures as­so­ci­ated with Au­gust so things can still be fresh and those sail­boat-like olives are hatch­ing. Look­ing just like minia­ture mayflies and with a very sim­i­lar life­cy­cle, these smaller up­wings pro­vide ex­cit­ing sport on rivers and lakes. We’ve cov­ered these in­sects over five pages and Peter Gather­cole has given you a step-by-step to ty­ing an olive dry fly - see p71. It’s al­ways thrilling when a new wa­ter opens, par­tic­u­larly when it of­fers some­thing unique. Hobby Lake – part of the Hay­wood’s Farm complex run by Sport­fish at Theale, Berk­shire – has an in­cred­i­ble stock of tigers, rain­bows, browns, blues and golden trout – and is ex­clu­sive to book­ings of four an­glers at a time, see p6. It’s sure to be pop­u­lar with an­glers who love to fish with mates in a small group. TF con­trib­u­tor Jonathan Tom­lin­son caught a po­ten­tial Bri­tish record tiger of 11lb 8oz while pro­duc­ing our fea­ture there – what a fish! Those who are new to our sport, hope­fully feel­ing in­spired by the fea­tures for new­com­ers over the last two is­sues, should read our ‘back to ba­sics’ ar­ti­cle on p40. In pre­vi­ous is­sues we pro­vided tips about cast­ing, buy­ing the right tackle and us­ing sim­ple set-ups – ev­ery­thing you need to hook your first trout. The log­i­cal pro­gres­sion is to ed­u­cate an­glers to play fish cor­rectly so that new­com­ers can land their prize. Ev­ery­day I’m chat­ting with ex­pe­ri­enced fish­ery man­agers and an­glers about all the top­ics fac­ing our sport and the sub­ject of ‘any method’ fish­eries crops up time and again. Read our in­ves­ti­ga­tion on p50 and see how the ex­perts pre­dict our fish­eries will even­tu­ally be run – it all boils down to profit I’m afraid. Re­mem­ber, some­where to fish (even if you’re rub­bing shoul­ders with bait and spin­ing an­glers) is bet­ter than nowhere to fish. Our reser­voir maps are prov­ing pop­u­lar on the cen­tre pages so you can re­move them if nec­es­sary. The aim of these fea­tures isn’t to over­power read­ers with too many tips – it’s to nar­row down the choice so that you know ex­actly where to go at a par­tic­u­lar time of year. Even­tu­ally, we hope to have cov­ered all the ma­jor wa­ters over all four sea­sons so please col­lect them un­til you have the ‘full set’. Paul Proc­ter knows his stuff, of course. I’m de­lighted with his fea­ture re­gard­ing rise forms and the vi­tal clues they give away about fish feed­ing be­hav­iour. It’s a great read, see p66. And Matt Har­ris has yet again pro­vided a ‘dream’ ar­ti­cle – this time catch­ing mag­nif­i­cent sail­fish on fly, see p56. Okay, most of us will never ac­tu­ally do this...but we can still en­joy read­ing about it. Fi­nally, if you like what you read why not sub­scribe? See our of­fers on p48. En­joy the is­sue

July is a lovely month to be on your lo­cal still­wa­ter (above).

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