Is the internet & forums like this replacing the printed word.
"Be you most gentle with your fishing, and even gentler with those you are fortunate enough to capture, as, for a fleeting moment, you will be handling the future parent of the fish that you would wish to cast a fly at tomorrow..."
Both the media have their place ,I always have a T&S in my day bag for tube travel and love the river reports ,especially from places I have fished oveer the years . The new editor is doing NO Bad ! If not fishing a day with out my forums is incomplete !
Some months magazines have very little about Salmon and many feel that the tackle reviews are a bit dubious. However, what else is there? For me a magazines allow me to visit the fishing world "outside" forums. Forums can sometimes be a little claustrophobic and insular and even hostile. Give me both please!
I subscribe. Agree with comments above, the articles may not be 100% what I'm interested in, but if you have a spare few minutes to read them, it provides a little bit of fishing inspiration. The tackle review marking system is next to useless as a grading tool, but their comments are useful, just as valid as anyone on any forum. I've also found if you re read them months later you'll find articles or info you missed the first time around and have become relevant
They both have niche in the fishing world and one could never take over wholly the role of the other. Just my pennies worth
For some reason I stopped taking T&S in the middle 80's. Seemed to be going over the same ground season after season with only the "Classifieds" as its saving grace - or thats how it felt. I realise we now use the new technologies more frequently for up to the minute information but even for then the "River Reports" seemed ridiculously out of date by the time of publication ........ AND ANITHER THING ! - it got really dear really fest !
As a result of having had the odd 'squint' at more recent editions it appears to be a bit more tackle / gimmick based than it used to be and a bit more funky wah wah to boot - and why not ? ..... its aimed mainly at the bairns. Classifieds are still worth a deko .....
These days I rely on my own recollections, experiences, personal journals, notes and observations, jotted down on velum and compiled over many years and from many riverbanks ........ either that or I hit Google
Last Edit: Nov 27, 2007 15:13:27 GMT by sinkingtip
A subscriber, have read it every month since the late 70's. Still has some good articles and has improved since the new editor took over. Tend to skip over some of the regular features such as the Jon Beer articles and the last cast bit. The reports section is a bit outmoded now that catch reports are readily available on the internet on a daily basis on FishScotland and on a weekly basis on other sites and of course on this forum. The trout fishing content seems to have increased a bit, this is probably covered enough in specialist trout fishing magazines and I would personally like to see salmon and sea trout fishing given a bit more prominence again because they do not have any specialist magazines. The sea fishing articles are also of no interest to me. Magazines still have their day, good to read if you are on a long journey, I take mine with me when I travel offshore to the oil platforms.
Its probably the best of the bunch and less "stillwatery/chalk stream" than others. They could improve/shorten the river reports section as it it too long and always out of date and put in more articles....
FF&FT had one or two moments this year.
Both provide some respite from the boredom of airport lounges and long train journeys....they are what they are and you do get here about some decent offers at some of the tackle shops etc.
Also subscribe to Trout Fisherman but won't be renewing subscription (was only to get the line offer) next year as it bores me to death with article after artcile everymonth about the same things...
I regularly use both forums when I can and find the content and advice superb and combined with the more useful of the magazine articles it keeps me "topped-up" with new ideas to try on my next outing...
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