My first Trout­mas­ters badge

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Oliver Usher

A COU­PLE of weeks ago, my eightyear-old grand­son, Oliver Usher, landed a 7lb 12oz rain­bow trout on his own, at Church Pad­dock Trout Fish­ery, lead­ing to his very first en­try into Trout­mas­ters, writes Ray Wells. I have been tak­ing him to many lo­cal Hamp­shire fish­eries over the last three years and this was the cul­mi­na­tion of his mas­ter­ing the ba­sics. He prac­tised his cast­ing with me in the morn­ing but we didn’t catch any fish. Af­ter lunch, he asked if he could go off with his own rod and fish alone. He set up his rod, tied on a fly of his own choos­ing, and tar­geted a larger than nor­mal trout mov­ing to­ward the bank. The next thing I knew, he was fight­ing like mad, even­tu­ally land­ing it. I have never seen such a happy boy! He re­ceived his Trout­mas­ters badge, which he’s very proud of and even took it too school, where he was com­pli­mented on his achieve­ment at assem­bly, in front of his whole school.

Oliver with the fish that earned his first badge.

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