The Complete Fly Fisherman (TCFF)is a specialist fly fishing magazine featuring articles that deal with the greater discipline of fly fishing. This includes, but is not limited to, the following categories:

  • fly-tying,
  • salt and fresh water fly fishing,
  • boat impressions and gear reviews,
  • conservation, and
  • satire.

We also feature articles on travel, but this is normally reserved for editorial staff and only commissioned articles on this subject are published.

TCFFprides itself on the integrity of its editorial and therefore publishes authoritative, well-written articles on the various disciplines that encompass fly fishing, both technical and as a lifestyle. Focussing on the aesthetic aspect of the pursuit,TCFFonly publishes articles with photographs that meet our required standards of quality and composition. In some instances, ie where an article has particular merit but not good photographs, we may use our library resources, but we generally prefer topical photographs to be submitted with the article. Sketches will be considered for publication only if of proper standard and quality, and may be redrawn by our staff if considered necessary.

If you wish to submit an unsolicited article, please bear in mind thatTCFFsupports catch-and-release and therefore has an editorial policy not to publish photographs of dead fish and/or fish held incorrectly in a manner which may impact on their general well-being. A good example of this would be fingers in the gills, or a heavy fish held up by the tail, or a fish gaffed in a life-threatening way etc.

Our editorial policy is not to promote any specific product or service through the publishing of articles, unless such products and/or services are justified in the particular context. References to products and/or services will otherwise be removed.

Please note:While we attempt to answer all queries, this may take some time depending on workload. Rest assured that all submissions will be read and evaluated and responded to in due course. So, do not despair if you do not hear from us immediately.

Material Requirements

  • Ideally feature articles should be within 1500 - 2000 words, typed in electronic format (Microsoft Word document). We regret that handwritten articles will not be considered.
  • Technical features run between 750 - 1500 words.
  • Please bear in mind thatTCFFreserves the full right to edit all articles in whatever manner we may deem necessary to meet either our use of language, grammar and/or technical detail standards.
  • TCFFdoes not normally pay for unsolicited published material. If you require payment for an unsolicited submission, please state so when submitting the article. Should we wish to publish the article under those terms, we will negotiate payment with you.
  • Please do not submit articles and/or photographs that have been published elsewhere (including websites), and/or have also been submitted to another publication.

Photographic Requirements

  • Electronic/digital format (tiff or jpg) in 300dpi.
  • If the photographs are to be used exclusively with the submitted article, we expect to be advised accordingly. If not, those not used may be added to our stock library and used at our discretion at a later stage. Should this be the case, the photographer will be credited when and if said photographs are used.

Article Submissions

Articles may be submitted by e-mail.

  • Be advised that we assume no responsibility for the manner and condition in which manuscripts and/or photographs are received or returned, but will take reasonable care when returning same.
  • Please do not send images larger than 5mb by e-mail unless specifically requested to do so.
  • Articles in Microsoft Word format can be mailed
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