Whether it’s because you get a bite from the legendary monster fish that lurks in the depths of the old fishing hole or you just get your line caught on a log, it’s almost guaranteed that your fishing line will break or get tangled up during a fishing trip. Thus, it’s always good to have some extra line in your tackle box. The line you carry depends a great deal on where you’re fishing and what kind of fish you’re fishing for. If you’re fishing in rough conditions, you’ll want a heavier and more durable fishing line. This should help reduce the chances of snappage. If you’re fishing in a crystal clear lake, stealth is the key. So choose a thin, clear line to fake out the fish.
The hook is what snags the fish so you can reel it in. Fishing hooks are designed to impale and imped in the mouth of a fish as it bites your bait. If the fish is unable to unhook itself, you can play it until it tires and then reel it in and gaff or net it. Fish hooks vary in design, size, shape and material depending, on what type of fish you are angling for.
The reel’s simple design is ideally suited to teaching young kids to cast. It’s less complex than a baitcaster and less prone to line twists and tangles than a traditional open-faced spinning reel. The 5.2:1 gear ratio gives budding anglers just the right blend of power and speed. The combo also comes with fishing line and tackle, including a selection of crankbaits, float bobbers, jig heads, soft lures, swivels and sinkers suited to a range of different fishing situations. A tackle box is also offered for an additional fee.
At L.L. Bean, we’ve always been committed to introducing newcomers to the sport of fly fishing – in the easiest and most affordable way possible. Our Angler Fly Rod Outfit comes loaded with backing, a floating line and a leader – just tie on a fly, and in minutes you’re ready to fish. We worked closely with both beginning fly casters and our Fly-Fishing School instructors to develop a smooth medium-action rod that makes it easy for anyone to learn the graceful art of fly casting. A quality composite reel with a click and pawl drag and high-quality graphite ensure that you, your kids and your grandkids can learn from the same outfit. Includes handy rod carrying tube for storage and transport. Imported.
If trout is your game — and most likely they are — Umpqua’s ultimate selection gives you 78 different weapons for any season, situation or whim. They won’t unravel or break down until said trout have chewed them quite a bit; the UPG fly box will take quite a bit more of a beating, and is beautifully designed to hold a huge range of flies, whether you’re an ordered obsessive or a disorganized box-stuffer.
Your vest will be your portable HQ. It’s the outward symbol of your fishing personality, really: anal and perfectly organized, jumbled and haphazard, smelling of maduros or even with a whiskey stain where your flask leaked. Extremely light but with more than enough storage, Fishpond’s vest is festooned with bonuses like a tippet dispenser pocket, gear attachment tabs, cord loops and shoulder straps for all-day comfort.
Picture the setting. Early morning light only strong enough to create a light band against the horizon. The mist rises off a slowly moving river before you. In your hand is the contemporary version of an ancient tool: the fishing rod. You spy the likely area where your quarry should be and give the rod a heave, the unspooling line barely interrupting the morning’s peace. And splash, the bait is in the water. You crank the reel. Pause. Crank. Pause. Crank. Strike. A thrill shoots through your soul as you react to set the hook and the fish fights for its life doing its best to drag you into the water with it. The strike hit like a boxer’s uppercut. And if the fish turns out to be as big as the fight, then this would definitely be a trophy.
Your vest will be your portable HQ. It’s the outward symbol of your fishing personality, really: anal and perfectly organized, jumbled and haphazard, smelling of maduros or even with a whiskey stain where your flask leaked. Extremely light but with more than enough storage, Fishpond’s vest is festooned with bonuses like a tippet dispenser pocket, gear attachment tabs, cord loops and shoulder straps for all-day comfort.
Look for a weedy or rocky area where the water is several feet deep. Look for areas where the bottom changes in some way — from sand to gravel or from sand to mud. Stay quiet and avoid disturbing the water or you may scare fish away. Next, bait your hook. Swing the bait as far from shore as you can and watch the bobber. When a fish bites, raise the tip of the rod quickly to set the hook and reel your catch in.
It all depends on the species you will be going after during your early days in fly fishing, but a small selection of classic patterns should be enough to get you started. If you're going for trout, consider taking a small assortment of nymphs, dries and streamers so as to cover the main bases. A good tip: visit your local fly shop to find the hot flies of your area.
One of the most popular options on Amazon, the PLUSINNO Kids Fishing Pole Combo includes almost everything you need to introduce your little one to the sport. The highlight is the telescopic fishing rod, which measures 3.94 feet in length and weighs just 2.2 ounces. It features a non-slip EVA foam handle that’s just the right size for little hands; and folds down into a compact 14.5-inch package perfect for storing in the toy cupboard back home. The combo also includes a spincast reel, which can be mounted for right or left-hand use.

A fly rod and reel combo specifically designed for the junior angler. 7′ 9″ Mid-Flex rod is the perfect length and weight for smaller frames. Rod features smaller and shorter grip tailored for smaller hands. Clearwater® III Reel. 150 yards of 30 Dacron® backing. WF5 chartreuse floating line and a 9′ 2X leader. Just add a fly to this kids rod and reel combo. Ages 13 and older.
The wide range of fishing shirts available at DICK'S Sporting Goods are designed specifically to maximize your performance with the rod and reel, and include features such as water repellency, salt and stain resistance, sun protection, moisture wicking fabric and vented sections to keep you cool in the sun. Other nice touches, such as convenient pockets and tool holders, will make these your go-to fishing shirts for every angling trip.
Whether it’s because you get a bite from the legendary monster fish that lurks in the depths of the old fishing hole or you just get your line caught on a log, it’s almost guaranteed that your fishing line will break or get tangled up during a fishing trip. Thus, it’s always good to have some extra line in your tackle box. The line you carry depends a great deal on where you’re fishing and what kind of fish you’re fishing for. If you’re fishing in rough conditions, you’ll want a heavier and more durable fishing line. This should help reduce the chances of snappage. If you’re fishing in a crystal clear lake, stealth is the key. So choose a thin, clear line to fake out the fish.
We recommend using an 8-wt or 9-wt. 9' rod with both floating WF and WF rapid sink tip lines with 20 - 30 lb. test backing (the same outfit may be used for Trout and Northern). Use a 14 - 18 lb. test tapered leader/tippet, and wire leaders are essential. With floating lines you may wish to use a fly line one size up from the rod weight-an 8-wt. rod uses a 9-wt. line.
I’ve broken the checklist down into three sections “Essential Fly Fishing Gear List”, “General Fly Fishing Gear Checklist” and “Optional”.  In the Essential Fly Fishing Checklist, I’ve included some reasoning for packing it.  Some items will seem obvious, but maybe I can give you some tidbits to think about when filling your fly fishing vest backpack.

We get a lot of emails from anglers that are just getting into fly fishing asking us about the basic setup to get started in the sport. That's why we came up with this short list of essentials. Of course, there are lots of other elements to include as one progresses in fly fishing, but these are the basic tools that will help beginners catch their first fish on the fly.

Teaching a child to fish can be one of the most rewarding aspects of parenting. There are plenty of products on the market that will facilitate this process. Taking a kid fishing can feel overwhelming but having a basic understanding of poles and rods will help. It is up to you to choose the right combo, but as long as the kid is fishing, then something is going right.
Rods are also measured by weight, which refers to how heavy of a lure or bait each rod can cast. This is known as pound test. A rod's pound test tells you how much weight it can handle. A rod's action is also a consideration you can make. The lighter the rod, the more it bends at the tip of the rod. If it's a heavy-action rod, it'll bend closer to where your hands go. fishing rods are usually made from one of two materials graphite or fiberglass although some are made from a combination of both. These materials are strong and durable.
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