Edi­tor’s wel­come

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Editor's Welcome -

AU­TUMN is on its way and it doesn’t seem a year has gone by since I last ad­mired those gold­enyel­low colours as trees started to shed their leaves. Time flies so there’s no time to waste – let’s get fish­ing! It’s a great time of year to be out there and the small wa­ters should be hitting form again af­ter the sum­mer heat. Reser­voir an­glers will be fo­cus­ing on those ex­posed weedbeds and the ter­rific sport they of­fer now. Those wily grown-on fish that have been out in the mid­dle of the wa­ter all sum­mer now swim close in, pick­ing off corixa, snail, roach and perch fry or stick­le­backs loi­ter­ing in and around the mar­ginal weed. The weedbeds of­fer a good chance of a sea­son’s best trout as they seek to pack on weight quickly to main­tain con­di­tion over the sparse win­ter. This is­sue is crammed with tips to help you achieve your goal – a qual­ity, res­i­dent trout with full fins and a ra­zor-sharp tail. While you’re at it you may even latch into a late-sea­son brown trout that is no longer hid­ing at the bot­tom far out in the mid­dle. A few weeks ago I em­barked on a short tour of some qual­ity fish­eries in the south and, while there, met up with a few con­trib­u­tors for a chin­wag. One of these was Peter Cock­will and, be­ing a prac­ti­cal joker, I gained some re­venge on him – see the cap­tion com­pe­ti­tion in our news pages! It was truly great to see how many fish­eries are adding ex­tra value to their wa­ters by way of ac­com­mo­da­tion, tackle shops, var­ied stock of fish and above all a very friendly wel­come and will­ing­ness to help new­com­ers. All this at­tracts vi­tal cus­tom and gives these wa­ters a bet­ter chance of stay­ing open in the fu­ture. It’s im­por­tant to move with the times and of­fer some­thing ex­tra to re­main in busi­ness. Speak­ing of mov­ing with the times, I re­cently posted a Face­book ques­tion ask­ing an­glers what their re­ac­tion is when they see a coarse fish on fly or salt­wa­ter fly article in these pages. Some don’t like it, oth­ers do. But one thing’s for sure – we will be cov­er­ing more sea trout tac­tics. Hav­ing read your replies I feel sure that we’re de­liv­er­ing coarse and sea fish on fly ar­ti­cles in just about the right amount – for ex­am­ple, there’s noth­ing but trout in this is­sue so we’re not over do­ing it! When you con­sider that there’s roughly seven live fea­tures per month, at least five will cover trout only – and very of­ten all our fea­tures con­cern trout only. Some of you praised the magazine for hav­ing the vi­sion to deal with fly­fish­ing’s ev­er­ex­pand­ing world. But as for the magazine chang­ing its name...that’s harder than it might seem. It’s a tough sell to the bosses. You see, hav­ing spent 40 years build­ing a brand, they’ll be re­luc­tant to change it. En­joy the is­sue

Fish­ing close to weedbeds (above).

Rus­sell Hill, edi­tor

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