Trout Fisherman readers have their say
I HAVE been reading Trout Fisherman and other fly-fishing magazines for a number of years now. At some point, each one of them covers the need to get more people into fly-fishing, particularly youngsters and we ladies. What I find really strange is that for a sport that wants to attract more from these two groups, I have yet to see a female or a junior fisherman on any advice panel or even given space in the magazine for a regular article. I for one, would love to hear from junior fishermen, what brought them into the sport and what experiences they have had. What tips they would like to share with the reader and what bugs them about our sport. They could review gear and perhaps comment on the gear that they like to use and why. Equally, with the women representing our country in the sport, there must be someone out there who would bring a richness to the content of the magazine and perhaps spur on a few more to pick up a rod and have a go. Who knows, we may yet increase the numbers turning to a very rewarding sport. With respect, I do get a bit fed up seeing the same few contributors reviewing fisheries. What about adding a reader’s review, or better still, a junior angler to provide some insight into what parts he or she thought fished well and why. We will not encourage more into the sport if we are not prepared to hear the views of the very people we need to keep our sport alive. On the same theme, is there any chance that you could mention if those items of clothing or footwear that you review are available in ladies or junior sizes? Pauline Pendle, by email
Editor’ s reply: Good points. We’ d welcome applications from lady and junior anglers, and will assess credentials and decide. We won’ t offer on the basis of tokenism. Furthermore, our contributors have built up knowledge over many years. We value their opinions.
Fly-fishingisn’tjustformen–ladieshave thepatienceandskilltofishaswell,ifnot better.