Be­mused by those ‘fly boys’

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

I’M al­ways in­trigued by an­glers want­ing to catch big fish on fly gear, but I am con­vinced that this should al­ways be in no more than than 20m-25m of wa­ter. Any more than that, and hav­ing to tire fish – or bore them into sur­ren­der – holds no at­trac­tion to me.

Where do I stand on fly an­glers catch­ing blue and por­bea­gle sharks, which are hard to bring to the sur­face if they dive? As long as the wel­fare of the fish isn’t com­pro­mised and the an­gler has the re­quired skills and suit­able tackle, fine – it’s just not for me.

Fight­ing a 300lb shark in deeper wa­ter on a 50lb stand-up out­fit re­quires more strength than on fly gear and is more ex­cit­ing as far as I’m con­cerned.

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