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Cast the rod, empower the child

The Telegraph – Jonny Cooper

“Look what happens as soon as you start teaching fishing to children,” says Charles Jardine, reaching for his equipment. “You tell them to hold a net in the water, like this” – he extends a thin black pole horizontally into the lake in front of us – “and then you say ‘hold a rod over it at 40 degrees, like this’ ” – up goes the rod, creating the second side of a triangle. “The first thing the kids say is, ‘what’s 40 degrees?’ Bang. You’re teaching them geometry without them realising.” I suppose they don’t call it angling for nothing. Jardine’s impromptu demonstration neatly explains the theory behind Fishing4Schools, a Countryside Alliance scheme that introduces young people to the skills – and joys – of fishing.”(more)

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