Thanks for writing about another side of Thailand! This country sometimes has a bad reputation; however, I have lived here for five years and now have a husband and child. I can say that Thailand is a wonderful place to be as a family. I’m constantly defending my choice to live here for so many years. Many single retired women and older couples are now choosing Thailand as a retirement destination. I love it here so much that I’ve recently spoken to an immigration lawyer in Thailand about how to become a permanent resident. You mentioned many reasons why Thailand is a perfect retirement destination, and I can think of more. I hope that people will see beyond Thailand’s notorious reputation and see if for the beautiful and family-friendly country that it is. Good luck on your Thailand journey together, and please continue to keep us posted and informed.
If you know me, or if you’ve gotten to know a bit about me through my writings over time, you know that two of my favorite types of fly fishing are stillwater trout fishing, and casting 2-handed rods to swing flies on big rivers. I think if you dig deep, there are a number of shared traits that these types of angling have in common. The joy of casting a long line. The relaxed pace of a slow stillwater retrieve or tight line swing. The sudden jolt of a grab from a hidden fish. But the standard gear that these two types of fishing utilize are radically different. On the big rivers, I’m typically casting 12 to 14 ft 2-handed rods, rigged with some type of shooting head and sink tip system or long floating line designed for Spey casting. On the lakes, I’m usually reaching for a 9 or 10 ft single hand rod and either a floating or full sinking line of various densities. But there is one instance where I can think of where I will reach for a 2-handed rod when fishing stillwaters, and it solves a very specific angling “problem” for me.
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