US­ING SPLIT-CANE RODS FOR SALMON

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

As a keen user of cane rods, I en­joyed James Bee­son’s piece (T&S, Au­gust) very much and would make two points. Firstly, for trout fish­ing, cane rods are a far su­pe­rior tool to car­bon for close-range fish­ing as they will work prop­erly with a min­i­mal length of line to give a more del­i­cate and ac­cu­rate pre­sen­ta­tion. Se­condly, the use of cane rods in mod­ern salmon fish­ing is too of­ten ig­nored. With salmon and big river trout, cane rods have a real ad­van­tage over any other ma­te­rial when play­ing fish. It may be the springi­ness of the rods but when play­ing a salmon on a cane rod it’s al­most as if the fish think “good­ness me” (salmon ob­vi­ously do not swear) when they re­alise it’s not a car­bon rod and sur­ren­der more quickly. This may be an ad­van­tage if re­leas­ing a fish. In my view us­ing cane for the king of fish is not a harm­less ec­cen­tric­ity but ac­tu­ally more ef­fi­cient. Tim Goode, Corn­wall

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