THE KIDS ARE AL­RIGHT

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - SALMON-FISHING ON THE NESS -

Craig writes: I sat down with Gra­ham Macken­zie, pres­i­dent of In­ver­ness AC, to learn about the beat and the club’s strug­gles and achieve­ments. He told me that run­ning the club is not easy, but the ef­fort made by ev­ery­one is worth­while.

He looked dis­ap­pointed when I asked him how many kids had joined this year. He said, “We’re down again.”

I ex­pected him to say they had three or four child mem­bers, like most other clubs, but in­stead he said, “This year, we only have 85.”

I had to re-ad­just my foot­ing, and then I con­grat­u­lated him.

The club holds 16 fly-ty­ing clin­ics for chil­dren in the off-sea­son and ev­ery Wednes­day in June there are kids’ cast­ing classes; both cour­ses are run by vol­un­teers. Un­der-18 per­mits are free. More ex­am­ples of the club’s good prac­tice, as they re­cruit fu­ture am­bas­sadors of the sport and cus­to­di­ans of the river.

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