Trout Fish­er­mann read­ers have their say

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MY hus­band shoots clays and goes coarse fish­ing and it wears thin some­times when he goes off. HeH feels a bit guilty when he knows I want to go out and do some­thing too. I sup­pose like many wiveswive I tried to get in­volved and my dear hus­band en­cour­aged me with kind words and in­cred­i­ble pa­tience, but it was not to be. Walk­ing the dogs one evening af­ter work I came across a young man prac­tis­ing his fly cast­ing in the fields and the dogs found it fas­ci­nat­ing watch­ing and chas­ing the line swish­ing back and forth. Soon I was hav­ing an im­promptu les­son while the dogs found an in­ter­est­ing smell to in­ves­ti­gate. I wasn’t very good but found the ac­tual me­chan­ics of mov­ing the line back and send­ing it out again fas­ci­nat­ing. I caught sight of my hus­band strolling across the fields and it wasn’t long be­fore he too was hav­ing an im­promptu les­son with me im­pa­tiently in­ter­rupt­ing for another go. Even­tu­ally our grum­bling stom­achs and rest­less dogs dic­tated we go home, but not be­fore ar­rang­ing to meet with the young in­struc­tor again at the week­end. He gave us a copy of Trout Fish­er­man magazine. To say that first copy was read would be an un­der­state­ment! We met up with Paul and he was just as gen­er­ous with his time, pa­tience and friendly ad­vice as when I first came upon him. My hus­band and I have booked some lessons with him and I think my cast­ing is smoother. The lessons will tell, but my hus­band and I have your magazine and the friendly and gen­er­ous na­ture of that young trout fish­er­man to thank for in­tro­duc­ing us to the peace and com­rade­ship that trout fish­ing of­fers. My hus­band has promised that he will sell a gun or some coarse fish­ing gear to fund our own trout fish­ing tackle! I know the lessons will in­crease my pas­sion for this sport so you have a lady of a cer­tain age added to your ranks – and her hus­band when she can coax him away from his other in­ter­ests. Nikki Bar­ret, by email

Ed­i­tor’ s re­ply: Thanks and wel­come to the peace­ful art of fluff-chuck­ing Nikki. I’ m sure both you and your hus­band will gain much from fish­ing with lighter tackle for fast trout once you’ re able to cast well enough. You’ ve done the right thing by book­ing an in­struc­tor and we hope you gain many use­ful tips from this magazine. Paul ... great job!

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