A Kelso fly fisherman is using new technology to encourage children to take up fishing and learn about trout.
Instructor and author Eoin Fairgrieve has updated his children’s book, My First Trout (2008) and recreated his guide for 10 to 16-year-olds in digital form.
He said: “I was able to transform the original book from being text and illustration-based to a much more interactive and educational format by adding embedded videos, motion graphics and audio files to enhance the content of each chapter.”
The digital book comprises 16 chapters, teaching water safety, the trout’s anatomy and lifecycle, and the importance of maintaining a healthy riverside environment.
Other chapters include information on what the trout eats, as well as essential tackle and fly casting techniques.
Eoin said the project took about six months to complete.
He said: “I had to add additional text and images for the new chapters to the original paperback version. I also had to commission new illustrations by local artist Anna Craigen, as well as record audio files of riverside animals.”
My First Trout is the second book of the series and follows My First Salmon, launched on iTunes in February.
Eoin said: ‘The feedback from young anglers about My First Salmon has been very positive and I’ve had e-mails and letters from youngsters who have found it a good reference guide.
“With trout being distributed in a greater number of countries around the world, I hope that launching My First Trout can appeal to a much larger fly fishing audience.”
Such has been the interest in the concept of the books for teaching purposes, Eoin has been invited to give a presentation to university students in Norway next month.
My First Trout is available from iTunes for iPads for £4.99.