The an­glers of to­day are miss­ing out on learn­ing the ba­sics

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

KEVIN Fol­well’s ar­ti­cle on catch­ing weights of sil­vers on the pole to hand gave me some great tips and brought back fond mem­o­ries of fish­ing in my youth.

When I was younger ev­ery­body started fish­ing with a whip, which works in the same man­ner. An­glers built up their skills on this tac­tic be­fore try­ing other things.

A whip en­abled you to learn the ba­sics of ty­ing up sim­ple rigs, how to feed and how to play fish cor­rectly.

Nowa­days, though, it seems that fish­ing to hand is by­passed, as an­glers ei­ther go straight for the three-rod carp set-up or a pole that costs four fig­ures.

Miss­ing out this stage of de­vel­op­ment can’t be good for new­com­ers, as vi­tal skills are surely be­ing missed by jump­ing in at the deep end. Pete Mitchell, Stafford

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