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  1. Default Is angling an old mans pastime?

    Angling times recently posed the question and looking at the age of a lot of posters on here it may be true?

    So, is Angling the realm of the older man? if so what can we do to pass on it's gifts to the younger generation......are we on a slow downward spiral?

    Angling has so much to offer, i hope not, but i do wonder.

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    Paul,for sure the youngsters don't get outside as much as the older generation used to at their age and this must lead to less of them on the bank fishing ,they have other distractions now when we had nowt.
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    The elder generation of Anglers whom have fished since youngsters themselves hold the experience, but, do they hold the Will, and Desire, to pass that knowledge on to impatient young know it all Pups.

    I have heard that quite famous Anglers charge anything up to £450 per day for a coaching session, how many people can really afford that ??

    Try to find someone willing to teach you for free. It's not impossible, granted, but how often is it available ??

    I would be more than happy to teach any willing participant, what little i do know about Angling, so long as they were willing to listen and learn. Granted they wouldn't be instant great anglers, but, they would have a certain ettiquette of courtesy, following fishery rules, a excellent regard for their chosed quarry etc etc etc.

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    to old men, yes definately. They should all do it.

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    SM, you are soc on there.....the "hunger" has gone in more ways than one, we would go fishing all day with little more than a jam butty and bottle of squash...if we were lucky....because as you say we had fewer distractions.

    Unless we make angling an attraction i fear for it's future.

    It may sound daft but we are also losing another great British tradition that had links with fishing.......the "pub"!

    I loved to mix with the older guys when i was 18 (ish) the tales of monster pike on the Wye had me mesmerised..........old and young from 18 to 80 mixed then......we have to find a new way to pass it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Whatmore View Post
    to old men, yes definately. They should all do it.
    Stop picking on the Old fella........he may be a Brummie, but hey we all have our "things" to carry!

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    Good question Paul, was it that young Greg Whitehouse that asked the question?

    Seriously, how old do you feel Paul? We've fished together and I've seen you go off like a greyhound! I feel like a spring chicken at 43 and still love it as much as when I was 6 years old, more in fact. I was amazed recently to see how old Graham Whatmore is, good on him!

    Good point SV

    I have heard that quite famous Anglers charge anything up to £450 per day for a coaching session, how many people can really afford that ??

    Try to find someone willing to teach you for free. It's not impossible, granted, but how often is it available ??


    It's available every time we log on to FM, I've learnt so much from the guys on FM it's unbelievable! I thought I was an okay angler when I joined FM, little did I know what was in front of me.....
    I'm just grateful we've got the older and younger experienced anglers on FM willing to share their knowledge and friendship with complete strangers. I've even learnt a few things from Paul, perch and lobs on climbers......

    So, is angling an old mans pastime?

    NO way! Age brings wisdom, but the learning curve never ends...........

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    Me a Greyhound?? ...... i used to be like a whippet!

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    I wonder if the lack of 20 to 45 year old anglers is due to the child-centric society in that whereas years ago the man of the house went fishing on a Saturday/Sunday and the kids amused themselves or went out on their bikes to play football/go fishing/etc. Nowadays the man of the house is expected to be the taxi to take the kids to the 'activities'. That leaves the youngsters to fish/single blokes in their 20s/30s carp fishing/old blokes who are keenest without kids to worry about. Just a thought.

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    I have only fished our club waters for the last year usually on a saturday ,In the main the anglers that share the bank with me are near to retirement or retired .
    Fancy a pint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Williams 11 View Post
    Me a Greyhound?? ...... i used to be like a whippet!
    Wasn't that an instruction ?

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