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I WRITE in response to Paul Stratford (Keep it about trout, letters issue 501) and others in that issue and others in the past. The opinion that TroutFisherman is a magazine that should be purely about trout is blinkered, short-sighted and disappointing at best. By this rationale we should expect to see articles on trolling, spinning and fishing Powerbait under a bubble float! I doubt that anyone reading the magazine wants to see that. TF is a superb magazine for the fly angler and I applaud the editorial team for featuring far-flung destinations and species such as carp, pike, bonefish and tarpon and for trying to broaden the horizons of its readership. I flyfish for any and all species and in any water I can find them. Coarse and sea fish offer challenging and extremely rewarding fishing for the forward-thinking fly angler. This is a fast-growing branch of the sport, have a look at the Flyfishing For Coarse Fish Facebook page and website if you don’t believe me, and it’s really good to see that reflected in the pages of this magazine. Regardless of the title on the cover we all know that TroutFisherman is a magazine which provides information and inspiration for the fly angler. Articles on other species and exotic locations show a progressive outlook, which is quite rightly at odds with the stuffy stereotype perpetuated by the ‘keep it trout’ attitude. Mr Stratford and his ilk should take off their blinkers and give other species and other branches of the sport a fair try, or risk being left behind in a constantly evolving world. I look forward to more articles on coarse, sea and exotic species and places in the future. Keep the good work, TroutFisherman team. Geoff Hadley, by email
Editor’ s reply: Thank you for the support. We can’ t please everyone but it i sour duty to reflect what’s happening in an ever-changing world. As we’ve always said, we’ ll always be about trout–predominantly.