We’ve all heard the saying ‘show me don’t tell me’. Book an hour’s lesson with a qualified casting instructor, who will teach you the basics. It’ll cost around £25 to £30 but it’s money well spent. Many fisheries have onsite instructors who can be prior booked. Be bold. Call a fishery and say you’re a beginner. You might be surprised at how much they’re willing to help! Sometimes they might offer to teach you to cast etc and even advise on what gear to buy as part of your welcome to the fishery. Browse through the many videos on the Trout Fisherman YouTube channel. We’re constantly adding to these videos which are very helpful to those new to our sport. Join a club and after a while maybe take part in a friendly competition. Don’t be fearful of matches because very often it’s the quickest way to learn. By and large experienced anglers are only too keen to help. Many small water trout fisheries have a beginner’s pool, where newcomers can feel what it’s like to hook a trout. That’s all it takes! If you’re a regular reader of TF, share this magazine with your pals and offer to take them fishing.