Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

I have lived in the Haute Vi­enne for the last four years. This re­gion is al­most in the mid­dle of France. I buy the full in­ter-fed­eral li­cence, which costs me 95 Eu­ros but en­ti­tles me to fish all over France. I only fish rivers and last year I fished 12 of them – this year looks like it will be even busier. When I saw the ar­ti­cle by Peter Gather­cole in the July edi­tion of T&S I got quite ex­cited. I know the La­guere but have not fished it. Peter’s de­scrip­tion of the river would ap­ply to most of those I fish. His rec­om­men­da­tions are spot on. I fish mostly with a three-weight line and six-foot rod; I use furled lead­ers and Polylead­ers, and 7X tip­pets. His sug­gested flies are a good choice, with the ad­di­tion of a Tri­colour (it’s not red, white and blue). Most lo­cal French­men re­gard the li­cence as a li­cence to kill and eat, or as one lo­cal gentle­man with four six-inch trout in his plas­tic bag told me “This will feed the cats.” I have yet to dis­cover any trout-filled hide­aways in France. But I live in hope. Some 32 Eu­ros will buy you a sev­en­day li­cence; 73 Eu­ros will buy you a year but only in one re­gion. Or it is 10 Eu­ros for one day in one re­gion. I have been of­fer­ing guid­ing and tu­ition (free of charge) for two years and have met many in­ter­est­ing peo­ple. I have a stocked river that runs through our ham­let of La Brame. Howard Cook, France

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