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    Ron Clay Guest


    I get the impression that many anglers, especially the younger amongst us, have virtually little sense of the history of our great sport. For example I asked a young angler (about 20 yrs) the other day if he had ever heard of Isaak Walton? He hadn't.
    When I was in my early teens I read all the books I could get on fishing, from Walton to Sheringham, fom Cotton to Halford, I read them all. After all angling has more history and great literature than any other sport on earth.
    What do the younger anglers amongst us think? Do you have a sense of the history of our sport? Do you read the old books, or are you more comcerned with bagging up at all costs?

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    Paul Williams Guest


    Ron, i think that kids today read far less anyway, they have so much more to occupy their minds than i ever did, i always had my head stuck in something, comics, mags, book's you name it i'd read it, even under the bed clothes with a torch after lights out!
    I think kids nowadays only think of reading as a source of refrence where we say it as a pleasure and pastime.

  3. #3
    Ron Clay Guest


    Ag Shame hey!!

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    Andy Davis Guest


    Ron, I read more now than I did when I was younger, currently reading Mr Crabtree. I read fishing book, mags and loads of stuff on the net, and I do agree with Paul about the kids having much more to occupy their minds

  5. #5
    Ron Clay Guest


    Good for you.
    Mind you I think the net is a most marvellous creation. I think, I hope it will get more young people to write and read more

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    Birds Nest Guest


    Ron, I disagree. Asking a younger angler if he has heard of Walton, is like asking a yong footballer if he has heard of Stanley Matthews... Both without doubt great tallents but what real relevance to the modern sport (or game).... I think people are too keen to jump on the back of the youth who haven't heard of the greats of the past...

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    Philip Inzani Guest


    Ron to be honest I think at the beginning they will be more interested in bagging least to start with. As with anything I think as your interest grows then you start looking into the other aspects of it like its history.

  8. #8
    Rob Brownfield Guest


    I get the impression that with instant baits, pre tied rigs, bagging waters etc, we are losing the true nature of fishing.

    Piting ones skill against nature, never knowing from one day to the next how the river is going to be, weather the fish will feed, where the fish are, what the fish are feeding on, how a fish reacts to a certain presentation etc is why I fish.

    To go to a tackle shop, walk out with a complete outfit with bait, go to a bagging pool, cast out anywhere and catch from the outset must be so awlful. I learnt the hard way, I never had anyone to show me...I learnt by mistakes...and by hard work and reading countless books. As I got older I would sit behind anglers and watch, or walk the pits and rivers round my home to try and get a *feeling* for what nature was up to. You learn sooooo much by walking a river in the close season...when it existed.

    I love to teach youngsters to fish, but on there first trip, a good couple of hours are spent walking and watching for signs of fish, explaining why Pike like drop offs, why carp bask in the sun, why chub love to get under rafts of flotsam etc.

    Teach them the watercraft and the knowledge, and they will be hooked for ever!

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    I agree with most of what has been said to some degree. I to used to read a lot of books on fishing. But have you tried to get books on fishing to day. I have two young children and they are getting into fishing and they are always looking at mags etc. but books No. The main reason being that when you go into a book store there are very few books on fishing, those that are in stock are usually on fly tieing etc. So unless you have acess to a specialist supplier you have no chance. Ok you can order a book if you happen to know what you want but would young kids know what they want, I suggest they would not but would like to see, feel, browse and have a choice.

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    Carp Angler Guest


    Rons opening asked do we read old authors or are we more concerned with bagging up?
    I'd say neither.
    Just because I don't base my waking life on the writings of Walker or Stone, doesn't mean I must catch at all costs.
    I go fishing for many reasons, not just to catch.

    To be perfectly honest, the writings of Walker, the Taylor brothers, Stone etc etc, I've found to be largely irrelevent to todays fishing/society and when I do read them it's for historical reasons, not for a sense of nostalgia or for tactics.

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