How to tickle a fish

First find your fish. Look under overhanging banks along shallow streams. Start with something easy like a bullhead or a minnow.

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2 Approach your quarry from behind, as slowly as a clock hand, and when you’re in position gently stroke the fish’s flank.

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3 Once you have it’s confidence quickly scoop it onto the bank. But be careful not to damage it: it’s probably too small to eat, so marvel at it, then let it go.

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4 Almost any fish can be caught with cunning fingerwork, but beware: never try to tickle a pike. Even a small one can give a digit a nasty gash.

 Words by Chris Yates, angling author, TV and radio presenter