With our huge selection of fishing gear, Cheaper Than Dirt! is sure to be able to outfit you for that dream fishing trip or a short jaunt down to the neighborhood pond. We have a full selection of baits, tackle, rods, reels, line, and even waders. We have the same equipment in stock that the pros use and the fishing clothing to make you look like one as well!
When fishing in bright daylight, it can sometimes be difficult to see where the fish are as the sun can create a glare on the water’s surface. Make sure to bring a good pair of sunglasses, like the Dive Shades 100% UV Polarized Sunglasses ($42.95), which feature polarized lenses that allow you to see beneath the surface better and pinpoint where the fish are. At the same time, polarized sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Families who love to fish will know that there’s no greater pleasure than passing that passion down to the next generation. However, adult fishing rods are too heavy and unwieldy for little hands, and their complexity can lead to more frustration than fun. The best way to get children interested in fishing is to buy them their own, child-friendly rod. Kids’ fishing poles are typically short, light, inexpensive and simply designed. Look out for clever features such as no-tangle casting mechanisms and collapsible shafts; as well as budget-friendly packages that include a rod and tackle as well. 

With our huge selection of fishing gear, Cheaper Than Dirt! is sure to be able to outfit you for that dream fishing trip or a short jaunt down to the neighborhood pond. We have a full selection of baits, tackle, rods, reels, line, and even waders. We have the same equipment in stock that the pros use and the fishing clothing to make you look like one as well!
If you're going for small to medium sized freshwater fish, then your reel is going to have the primary function of holding and administering your line (and backing). Remember, the reel weight should be balanced with the rod; but don't worry, this can be easily achieved as rod and reel manufacturers include this information on their products. Once you go for bigger and stronger fish that take line off your reel, then you're going to need a good drag system that will enable you to stop them.
Ross takes the perfect approach to an affordable fly fishing reel: low maintenance, high performance. It’s finished aluminum alloy with a drag (that’s what provides pressure when line is being pulled out by you or a fish) that will last, providing a backup reel once you decide to move up the gear ladder. Again, it’s ubiquitous, pairing with any rod 2wt to 9wt, salt or freshwater.
The fishing line is tied to the tip of the pole and is cast with a simple swaying motion. A quick pull from the base of the pole acts a fulcrum, lifting the fish out of the water. This may seem antiquated but there is a new phenomenon called Tenkara fishing that involves using a pole made from space age materials just like you would a bamboo stick.
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OUTERGARMENTS: Waterproof rain jacket, preferable lightweight and packable. Always carry this with you! Fishing specific Gortex or similar products are best. Layer for changing weather conditions. We recommend quick-drying synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon, etc. Even though you may be visiting in summer it’s always a good idea to include a good fleece jacket or similar wind-blocking product. Long-sleeved, quick drying fishing shirts, pants and shorts. Gloves and stocking cap just in case.
A fish hook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish. Fish hooks have been employed for millennia by anglers to catch fresh and saltwater fish. Early hooks were made from the upper bills of eagles and from bones, shells, horns and thorns of plants (Parker 2002). In 2005, the fish hook was chosen by Forbes as one of the top twenty tools in the history of man.[2] Fish hooks are normally attached to some form of line or lure device which connects the caught fish to the angler. There is an enormous variety of fish hooks. Sizes, designs, shapes, and materials are all variable depending on the intended purpose of the hook. They are manufactured for a range of purposes from general fishing to extremely limited and specialized applications. Fish hooks are designed to hold various types of artificial, processed, dead or live baits (bait fishing); to act as the foundation for artificial representations of fish prey (fly fishing); or to be attached to or integrated into other devices that represent fish prey (lure fishing).
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.
If you're not using live bait or cut bait, you'll want to use artificial bait or lures. Most artificial lures resemble the type of bait fish or other food, such as worms or shrimp, that the fish you're trying to catch normally eat. These artificial baits can be scented and have metal spoons attached to them or be painted in metal flake to reflect light in the water. Other types of bait include jigs and jig heads, spoons, flies and spinnerbaits, which you can attach artificial or real bait to, and attractants to make artificial lures smell lifelike.
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