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).