Before going deeper into the technicalities, make sure that a fishing license is secured. To be an amateur fisherman there are basic pieces of fishing equipment needed to complete your exciting journey in the fishing world. Knowing the line type and matching the right rod and reel to the fishing technique is just basic common sense. Match these tools appropriately and expect a more enjoyable experience for a more comfortable fishing. There are several things that causes the reel to turn into a bird’s nest, don’t worry, even experienced fishermen encounter this every now and then.
The main objective is to match the rod, the reel, the line and the lure. These will only cost a newbie around $25 to $40 and they could last for years. The 3 main issues when shopping for a rod are: Guides that are attached to the rod; Grip or handle holds the rod and could come in either cork or foam. They come in different lengths so the comfort to the user must be considered, and different weights and bending types.
Companies make a lot of fishing rods that could either be single or consist of two or more pieces when assembled. The connection is very simple; just connect the male and female ends together to make sure the guides are lined up. This would only last for a minutes. Sometimes, lubricants are needed. When shopping for a rod, first you need to decide which species you would like to catch. if its crappies and trout than Ultra-light to light rod will do the work. If its bass or pike than you have to move to Medium to heavy rods, and by heavy I don’t mean mass but bending and flexibility, just get the feel of it. Again comfort should be considered when using the equipment.
Rods of any type will work at the beginning to understand fishing itself. It should be around 6′ long at least. Even a long stick will work. This should be long, straight and flexible so it will not easily break. The most popular rod is Graphite because it is so light yet so strong. Wispy rods should be up to 4m long to be used for long casts in moderate winds.
Reel When choosing a reel please be sure to match its weight and size with the rod. There are 3 different types of reel like bait-casting, spinning and fly-reel. Where bait casting is mostly used for bass fishing and others are used for all other types of species. The easiest one to understand and operate without getting a “birds nest” would be a spinning reel, which comes in different sizes and can be used for a variety of species in different scenarios.
Lines There are a lot of fishing lines to choose from and it can be very confusing to find the best. It is mostly made of nylon and are divided to fluorocarbon, monofilament, braid and fly-lines. They comes in spools of different lengths that are called Tests. The larger the fishing line the thicker it is in diameter. Where Fluorocarbon is more clearer in water and have better strength use it for trout and salmon. Braid has practically zero stretching capabilities and is mostly used for bass fishing. and monofilament is widely used everywhere and is the cheapest one from all the above. We will have a separate article about fly fishing so lets leave it there for now.
The basic rule is that all the gears should match. To summarize your fishing kit, it should include other stuff as well: hooks, snaps, net, stringer, line clippers, fishing knife, first aid box, a pail of bait, sunglasses, fishing hat, and talking about the basics, don’t forget your SNACKS! Have fun on the water.
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