Floats and weights determine where your hook settles in the water. Weights are added to the fishing line to pull the hook farther toward the bottom, to dangle enticingly in front of bottom-dwelling fish. Floats hold the line closer to the surface, preventing the entire line from sinking to the bottom. Where you place the float on the line determines how deep the weight on the line can take your hook.

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.
Choosing the right rod for you should depend on the kind of fishing you’re going to do. If you’re just starting out, use a rod with medium strength so that you can angle different kinds of fish, and enough responsiveness so you can easily feel when the fish bite—allowing you to quickly reel it out of the water. The ideal length of a rod should be around 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) longer than your height.
The first consideration you should make when selecting a fishing rod is length. If you're trying to catch smaller fish using light tackle, a shorter rod is in order. If you're surf fishing and trying to cast your line far offshore, or if you're trolling for bigger fish while on a moving boat, a longer rod is what you need. However, when fishing for fighting fish or other sea life, such as sharks, a shorter, thicker rod is the right choice it gives you better control when trying to land your catch. Longer rods also work better when you're fly fishing in a stream or river.
Whether you're going deep sea fishing or just to your local lake, a tackle box is a must-have item. Tackle boxes allow you to store all of the essentials you need for your fishing adventure, including hooks, artificial baits and lures, fishing line, needle-nose pliers, line cutter, fillet knife, sinkers and bobbers. Tackle boxes have several small compartments in trays on the top where you can neatly separate all the small items you're taking with you. There's also space at the bottom for larger items. If you have the room, you may want to consider placing in your tackle box a first aid kit small flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen and fishing gloves.

The Journey® youth series fly rod is the only fly rod designed for youth anglers, by youth anglers. Instead of taking an adult sized rod and trying to fit it into a youth sized package, we took everything we’ve learned from fishing with our own children and designed the Journey series from the ground up; arriving at what is arguably the finest youth fly rod ever built! The rod is a 4wt. design so it can be fished on most types of water, but the length is only 7’6″ so it is easy for a youth angler to control. In addition, the premium grade cork handle is crafted to perfectly fit a child’s hand and allow for comfortable casting without fatigue. This 4-piece rod series helps families to introduce their children to the sport of fly fishing with the right sized equipment, and without breaking the bank. The Journey series proprietary R-1 graphite design is a medium-fast action taper that is perfect for any casting style, and forgiving for those anglers just starting out. These are smooth casting rods that are sensitive, precise and effortless to cast; making it easier for youth anglers to learn the sport of fly fishing.

Fish finders, marine radios, and flashers are also available for the diehard anglers. There’s no such thing as having too much of an advantage. Navigate the lake on the prowl for another big trophy catch. The latest up-to-date maps and GPS chartplotting are just two more features that help turn your typical day on the water into a fish fest worthy of bragging about.
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