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CHRIS Yates en­joys us­ing what some call ‘clas­sic’ tackle, while oth­ers de­cry it. For sure, we all en­joy us­ing mod­ern, feather-light rods, and reels with ex­quis­ite drags, and for sure we catch more and big­ger fish with them.

The key word there is ‘en­joy’, though. You aren’t go­ing to catch much us­ing cane rods and cen­tre­pin reels if you need to cast 60m to do it, so what you do is not go to those places and con­cen­trate where your kit does work.

Most of us cast over more fish than we cast to. I see an­glers (I’ve been guilty of it my­self) try­ing to look good by fish­ing at ex­treme range when there was more on of­fer un­der, or even closer than, the end of our rods.

I learned early on that the key to all styles of fish­ing is feed­ing (or some­times even not feed­ing) and wa­ter­craft. Make no mis­take about it, Mr Yates is a master of both, and you don’t need car­bon rods or high-tech drags for ei­ther.

Chris Yates – wa­ter­craft is his spe­cial­ity.

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