Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fly Fishing Gear

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Let's get started by reviewing standard fly fishing gear. In general, fly fishing requires most of the same equipment such as a fly fishing rod, reel, fly line and some flies. But, unlike most other forms of fishing, your fly flying gear requires that you cast the fly line, and not cast the lure.
Fly Fishing Gear
Fly Fishing Gear

Let start by reviewing the first major piece of fly fishing gear which is the fly rod. I would usually recommend a 6 to 8 wt rod; this will be an average rod that will be able to cover off the majority of your desired fish species. Also, you may want to bring an extra spool loaded with floating line and one with a good sinking line. Depending on the fish type you are going after, we would recommend you consider a range of rod weight, for example, if you are fly fishing for sunfish or crappies, I would recommend a 4,5,6 wt rod. Now, if you are going after smallmouth bass or lake trout, I would recommend a 6,7,8 wt rod. Finally, if you desired fish is a salmon or northern pike, I would go with an 8, 9, or 10 wt rod.

Now, you may have a question like, "How much should I spend on a fly fishing rod?" My answer is, "It depends" But, here is some information that you may find useful. I would never recommend that anyone go out to a department store to pick up a cheap fly rod, nor would I say to go out and buy the most expensive rod. There are two reasons for this. One, you will probably get so frustrated with your casting technique that you will probably give you the sport before you start. And secondly, if you do get hooked on fly fishing, a cheap rod inhibit the development your fly fishing skills in the future. So, do yourself a favor and buy a middle-of-the-road fly rod, the price range would probably be in the $75-$125 USD price range. But, you won't regard this piece of advice. Here is a tip regarding buying a rod. Try to pick up a rod from a reputable vendor, as many anglers are not aware that some vendors provide a lifetime warranty on some of their products.

Now the second major component to fly fishing gear is the fly reel. When it comes to fly reel , always remember that a reel should be the proper size for your rod, and that it should hold at least 120 yards of backing in addition to the flyline. When fly fishing for only bass, sunfish or crappies, a clicker reel is adequate to do the job. But when fishing for larger fish should as pike, it's my recommendation that a disc drag is a mandatory piece of fly fishing gear, especially for any type of larger fish that tends to run.
The third major piece of fly fishing gear is the fly line. In regards to flylines, there are 4 major types. Firstly, level flylines have no taper and are the least expensive line you can buy. I would recommend that you try to stay away from level flylines if possible. Secondly, double-taper has a tapering effect at both ends of the line. This is usually recommended when fishing small streams where a long amount of flyline is required. Thirdly, sinking flylines are exacting what their names suggests, they are able to works themselves into deeper areas such as deep drop-offs. Finally, the weight-forward flyline is probably the most recommended flyline type due to it's versatility. You can cast long distances while presentating your fly in a delicate fashion. The flyline is also much thicker in the front end of the line.

The final major component to fly fishing gear is the fly. There are a wide assortment of flies, and the best way to determine which ones you should use is to review the area that you are fishing, or talk to some local fly fisherman or go into a local tackle shop and ask for some assistance. In general, some of the most common fly types are nymphs, emergers, dry flies, terrestrials, attractors, streamers, leeches or eggs. This covers the fly fishing gear section of the equipment used for fishing.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bass Tournament Tips | The Ultimate Bass Tournament Fishing Guide

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If you're competitive and love fishing, then tournaments are lots of fun. And if you're real serious about it, you can make money too. Think of it, making money while fishing what a concept. People fish competitively for many types of fish.

 However, the most popular fish, regarding numbers of tournament fishermen, is the largemouth bass. First of all, there are many different circuits you can compete in. All having different levels of competition and formats.

This allows for everyone to get involved and enjoy the competition of fishing. As well as possibility of catching some monster fish. There are single day, three-day, and weekend tournaments. Choose the one which best suits you.
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On to the good stuff. Most of the time a pre-tournament meeting is mandatory. And they are helpful too. They'll discuss tournament rules for you to follow. That way you don't get disqualified for any reason. It also a great way to learn and share information with your partner about the tournament waters you are about to fish. Assuming all things are equal, its good to check past tournament results. It will give you an idea will help you formulate a game plan to win.

Another important aspect to consider, (which many anglers don't) is getting a good nights sleep before the start of the tournament. Being alert is critical to catching fish. Plus, you should check your gear the day before to make sure everything is in working order.

Once the tournament begins, it is important to go to the hot spots you scouted the days leading up to the tournament. Scouting tournament waters is crucial. You can do this by simply fishing it several times. You can also get maps of the lake to find hidden drop-offs and creek channels. Pre-fishing helps you eliminate unproductive water and concentration on the hot spots.
Most tournaments last six to eight hours. During that time, fish efficiently and quickly. Different seasons warrant different techniques and locations. You'll want to have a plan of action long before you put the boat in the water. For example, you'll need to know what the precise kinds of rods, reels, and tackle you will use. Of course, it will depend upon what level of angler you are.

As the day moves on, make sure you get to the check-ins on-time. Being late can cost you penalties in pounds. And that hurts. Once you've weighed in, you've done your best. The only thing to do is play the waiting game and see how you finished. This is also a good time to chat with other fishermen about how they caught their fish and what locations. You can also learn from others.

And one last tip, be prepared and expect the unexpected when you are fishing tournaments.
 

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