Hopefully you won’t have any major medical emergencies while you’re fishing. But small injuries are likely to happen, like getting a hook caught in your thumb or falling down and getting scraped up. For these sorts of things, it’s good to have a small first aid kit on hand. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just throw in some band-aids, Neosporin, a few small bandages, and some waterproof medical tape. That should take care of most fishing-related injuries.
You'll need a pair of waders to access the best fishing locations on the water. The most common waders are stockingfoot, which are used with wading shoes and are ideal for hiking and longer fishing days. You'll also find bootfoot waders, which are designed for making getting in and out of the water quick and convenience. For more details about this must-have piece of fly fishing gear, check out our waders buying guide.
Great for teaching the kids how to cast, and my youngest had a BLAST with the "sponge fish" they caught (the 'bait' that turns into fish). Used this rod with some small hooks and grub, and even my 2 year old caught her own Roach fish on the stock line. Well worth the purchase for little ones, but don't expect to catch anything medium or larger on this.
While catching a fish is often a case of matching wits—and great patience—a fisherman is at a distinct disadvantage without the right gear. eBay stocks the fishing supplies you need, like spinning rods, casting rods and more by St. Croix, Shimano and other top brands. There are plenty of saltwater and freshwater choices, so it doesn’t matter if you’re after salmon, trout or marlin.
Anglers know that a lot goes into a successful day on the boat, at the lake or on the shore. Everything from weather conditions, wind speed and time of day can play a role in how many fish you land. In addition to fishing in the right spot under the right conditions, you need great bait and lures. Here are some tips to help you catch a delicious dinner:
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My 5 year old son went bananas for this gift. This is his first fishing pole and after shopping an Ugly Stik I ended up getting this instead because I decided I didn't want to spend too much on a kids fishing pole when I wasn't even sure my son would enjoy fishing! Well it ended up being much more than I was expecting! The weight and material of it give it an authentic feel (not just a toy) and the line really casts! My husband was impressed with it too. Score one for mom.
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.
Fishing EquipmentFirst and foremost, you should always pack for the type of fishing you'll be doing. The rods, reels and lines should match the type of fish you hope to catch.In addition to your primary fishing rod, pack a backup. If anything happens to your primary rod, you won't be forced to cut your trip short. Likewise, take an extra reel with you. You can use less expensive reels for your backups, but they still need to work well. Make sure all of the reels have been cleaned and the line is free from tangles.Take several spools of line with you. You never know what kinds of snags you'll encounter that might break your line. You'll also want a series of hooks, sinkers, swivels and corks. If you use artificial lures, take your favorites plus extras. If using live bait, you'll need bait buckets and coolers.You should have two tackle boxes. A small, compact box holds just the essentials. This can be pocket-sized or fit on your belt and it's the one you'll carry down to the water with you. Your large tackle box holds extra equipment and supplies, as well as any tools you want. This is the backup box that you can leave in the car.Other fishing equipment to pack
Bobbers, or floaters as they’re sometimes called, help you know when you’re getting bites from a fish. When a fish bites, the bobber sinks. As soon as that happens, you know you’re ready to reel your catch in. Again, you have some choices when it comes to bobbers. The bobbers most people are familiar with are the round red and white plastic ones. The round bobbers are nice because you just have to clip them to the line in order to attach them. However, the round bobber does limit how deep you can cast a line.
One of my oldest childhood memories is sitting out on a dock at the lake with my dad digging out a slimy worm from a muck-filled Styrofoam cup crawling with red wrigglers. Following a quick lesson on baiting a hook, I carefully impaled a worm and casted. Maybe 20 minutes later my rod bowed and my line began to pour off the reel. An epic tug-of-war between boy and gill-breathing pond creature ensued and roughly 20 seconds later I pulled up a bony sunfish. It was all of six inches, but to my eyes, it might as well have been a scale-tipping blue marlin. I succeeded because my dad was patient and clear. But also because he equipped me with the right kids fishing gear.
Once you have found your line, it's time to get everything together before heading to the casting pond or the river. The backing is a line reserve that becomes very important when fighting strong fish, it is the first line (usually made in materials like Dacron) on the spool. Then comes the line, and then the leader. The leader is the transparent monofilament (or sometimes fluorocarbon) section that follows the line; it is what keeps our fly line from being seen by the fish. The leader length can be varied by adding tippet material (the last section) where we attach the fly.

While catching a fish is often a case of matching wits—and great patience—a fisherman is at a distinct disadvantage without the right gear. eBay stocks the fishing supplies you need, like spinning rods, casting rods and more by St. Croix, Shimano and other top brands. There are plenty of saltwater and freshwater choices, so it doesn’t matter if you’re after salmon, trout or marlin.
Lots of people are turned off of fly fishing by a few glances at ugly price tags, but there’s plenty of accessibility to be had. A good many of us got around the up-front expenses buying an all-in-one package or kit, but while some nice ones do exist, there are also loads of “outfits” that package shoddy products; in our experience, those will simply add to your beginner’s frustrations.
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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