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Jump in, the water is fine

When you go fishing, you are going to be around or in the water. If I’m going to be in the water,  I want to be safe and comfortable. Being safe is a no brainer, being  comfortable is a choice. When fishing, I do not like to be wet,  cold and uncomfortable.  A good pair of waders can solve the problem.  Waders are pretty much standard from how they are constructed, how many ply fabric, tread on the feet to how many pockets and the suspenders. There are a number of brands out there and a visit to your local fly fishing shop or  try https://www.amazon.com to get a look and price you might like. A lot of manufactures such as Simms, Reed, Chota and Patagonia offer a good selection and good prices. Most all these names have their own websites as well. Another good place I have found is Sportsman’s  Warehouse, they have a lot of stuff and the prices   are good too. I forgot to add Hodgman , Frogg Toggs, Redington and Pro Line are all good brands worth taking a look at.

Traditionally waders are made of rubber or neoprene but with today’s advances in technology many waders are made of nylon and other synthetic material. Waders not made of neoprene or rubber are usually spoken of as “breathable” . While both are still available, neoprene waders are used mostly in cold waters. You can get waders in several styles but usually carry the same name. Hippers or hip boots are waders that cover the foot up to the hip. Waist-high waders are just that. Coming up to your waist, so you have some restriction there, wading in water no deeper than you waist. The chest high wader is most popular and versatile similar to bib overalls, with shoulder straps to hold them up and usually some big pockets for a camera or other items you don’t want to get wet. They have zipper or Velcro  closure to keep the pocket dry.

Different foot styles are your choice also. Stockingfoot  waders have a bootie that is connected, usually made of neoprene, so you must have wading boots to wear with stockinfoot waders. Another style is called the Bootfoot wader. That style has the boot already attached to the wader and can be either insulated or not. Cleated  bootfoot waders have rubber cleats permanently attached to the the bottom of the boot. Another option is the studded bootfoot wader, which can come either with permanent or removable studs.

When shopping for waders, you have to access your needs and how deep the water is that you plan on fishing most. Water temperature is also a factor. Your needs will be different if you are fishing in Florida or fishing in Alaska so get the gear you will get the most use  of.  Unless you have unlimited funds, be selective in your purchase as it can add up to a lot of money if you just buy on a whim.  Another purchase overlooked a lot of times is good quality wading socks and are pretty much an essential item for foot comfort. Make sure they have moisture wicking base layer bottoms and tops to keep your skin dry and warm. Most waders are designed for fishers by people that know fishing so it all gets down to what whistles and bells are important to you and what you are willing to pay for. As a general rule, a good pair of waders will last for many fishing seasons.

New Gear this Year?

Fly Rods

Every year new gear appears on the market giving us a chance to upgrade or just replace worn out equipment or to find new stuff that we just can’t live without. Fly rods don’t change that much from year to year but if you own an old bamboo rod you might think about a new one made of a graphite composition as most new rods are now. You may have looked at different websites trying to find a good buy but it seems I always end up looking on Amazon.com in the end, where I should have started there first. There is a site on Amazon.com called TEMPLE FORK OUTFITTERS  that has just about any type of fly rod you can imagine. They come in 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 pieces and lengths of 5ft to 11ft and anywhere in between, with prices to match. Rod prices usually start around $125.00 range to $500.00 or more, so you have a very good range depending on your pocketbook.  Most rods now days are made of a  graphite composition to use a 4 to 5 weight fly lines. A perfect match for most Trout anglers without the sticker shock.

Fly Reels

Name your price from around $100.00 and up depending on what whistles and bells you want. The least expensive reels are usually made of cast aluminum. Hard anodized machined aluminum are usually paired with a higher price and different drags or arbor size. The options are endless. It’s like buying a Rolls Royce or a Volkswagen, both will get you there, one a little more luxurious than the other but either will do the same job.  Some reels have a stainless steel drags that are good for salt water fishing some have Teflon coated drags and arbors but stainless steel bearing and drags are very popular and usually the most expensive. Here again Amazon.com is a good place to start looking as they are impartial to manufacturers  and offer a wide range of prices to fit any budget.

Fly Lines

Fly lines are not that different from one manufacturer to another.  Other than the weight of the line to match your rod you should only have to worry about the cost. Like I said you can’t improve to much as most companies are copy cats. I would look for a thinner braided line with Teflon surface protector so it can get through the guides with less friction and also less vibration. That gives you better direction and distance and less abrasion resistance with better knot strength. A tight weave and Teflon coating means no wind knots and no tip wrap and provides an amazing strength to diameter ratio with almost no stretch braid makes this an important feature.  Most lines are about 150 yards length for the average arbor and  I can’t think of to many time I would have needed more. Even if your line gets frayed and you have to cut some off, 150 yards of line to start should be plenty and it come in 50 pound test and up. So shop around, the choices are plentiful and once again, fit for anyone’s pocketbook.

Artificial Bait, Flies and Streamers

Probably the most abundant items in your fly fishing tackle box will be  something to catch the fish with.  How many different flies are enough? More than we can count is the answer. The names of this bait could look like this sample,  Woolly Buggers, Muddler Minnows, Prince Nymphs, Zonkers, Birds’ Nest Flies, mini Gurglers and others work well for starters. Salmon Fry and Salmon Smolt can also be used when the live fry and smolt are clustered in bait balls as the trout will smash into the balls leaving single fry or smolt lagging behind as the trout will not chase the bait ball but go after the stragglers. Favorite fry flies include, but not limited to,  Airhead Fry, Gummy Fry, Sockeye Fry, Little McFry, Lord of the Fry, Muddler and Thunder Creek. all good for surface oriented fishing. Floating eggs can be good when the fish are top feeding which is usually when the caddis and stoneflies are laying eggs. Don’t forget about mouse fishing either as scientists sampling Rainbow Trout’s eating habits found that 65% of the trout’s food was mice.  Fish have their eyes on top of their head (most do anyhow) so the are always looking up and that’s a good reason to use floating bait.  Your bait box can hold a lot of flies and you may not use them all, but you surely don’t want to not have your favorite one with you when you need it.

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Fishing Holes in Alaska

Fishing in Alaska can be  challenging as in where to go and when.

Alaska has more than 3 million lakes, 3,000 rivers and more coastline than the entire lower 48 states. That’s a lot of space to fish, and sports anglers catch about 3 million fish each year, Here are a few places to go try your luck catching rather than just fishing.

In Southeast Alaska, Ketchikan  is the southernmost city to start from. Steelhead fishing starts in April (usually) and continuing with Silvers through September  with Dollies, Cutthroats, Halibut and other kinds of Salmon. There are numerous lodges and fishing charters in the area.

In Southcentral  Alaska, just 80 airmiles  northwest of Anchorage flows a tributary of the glacial Yentna and Lake Creek. King Salmon get most of the attention at Lake Creek when the run peaks in late June. Silvers arrive in August and offers excellent rainbow fishing all the way into October. Chelatna Lake is in the area too and offers good fishing also.

Another Southcentral destination is the Kenai river.  If you like combat fishing then this is where you want to be  when the King salmon start to run.  You get two cracks at these big guys. Mid May usually is the first run with the bigger Kings running  later and ending in  July. Sockeye run mid June through mid August and catching these 10 to 12 pound fish on a flyrod can be a lot of fun. Coho or silver salmon can be caught from mid June to the end of September. Pink salmon run about the same time as silvers but not as good eating. Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden are best fished mid June through September. The Kenai is very easy to get to and always has a lot of fishers.

Karluk River on Kodiak Island has a King salmon run in decline but large Char and Silvers still run in September and Steelhead  run  peaks in October and November so you can get some late fishing in there.

Southwest Alaska has the Nushagak River near Dilligham Alaska and is easy to fish once you are in Dillingham and around Bristol Bay area. The period from late June through early July is prime time for the King salmon run. You will have to contact a charter or guide as some of the river runs through private native land and permission is required to fish that part. King salmon is still king in the area but other salmon and rainbows can be caught also.

That should give you a good choice of fishing spots all over Alaska, now just go get em.

Make Plans Now!

Starting with the new year

After the holidays and all the festivities are over, it’s time to get to the serious work of all things, FISHING!

It might not be the right weather in January for fishing, unless it’s ice fishing in the northern part of the USA, but it is time to start your preparation for the 6633526-ice-fishing-on-the-lakeupcoming season.

You can start your daydreaming by looking through your online catalogs, like  http://Amazon.com or http://BassProShop.com have a lot of pictures and discriptions of each and every piece of fishing gear one would want. Another good place to look for all kinds of gear and outdoor clothing is http://Orvis.com they have been suppling the world since 1856. Good reason they are still around.

Basic Equipmentfish rod

Rods and reels should be your starting inspection point. Without them you are not going to do any fishing at all. Just look at the rods you plan on using, are they missing any eyes or are the eyes frayed? If so, that can chafe your line in a hurry. Are the eyes all aligned properly, or has the binding loosened and they have rotated a bit? Sometimes the binding string breaks and loosens up allowing the eyelet to shift so check them out. Try to move them with your fingers.

Reels need a bit more inspection as parts wear, gears spinning-get sloppy and after a year being used, need lubrication. Don’t be afraid to dismantle the reel. It’s not that casting reelcomplicated. You don’t have to remove every screw on the reel, but at least get down the what makes it work. When I take a reel apart, I find if I remove an outer cover, I put it farthest away from my work area. The next thing I remove, I put it second farthest and so on. Line the parts up in a row so when it comes time to reassemble just start with the part closest to you and work on out from there. Saves all the guess work of where they go, and you shouldn’t end up with any extra parts left over.

If you use a spinning reel or a casting reel and have used them quite a bit, REPLACE THE LINE!! You don’t want to catch the biggest fish of your life and have big fishyour line break, or worse yet run out of line because you just remembered breaking off 100 yards of line last year. Open faced spinning reels might only hold a couple hundred yards of line and when you’re fishing 90 to 100 feet down, there’s not a lot of line left to play with. Just don’t short yourself. A local sports shop will strip your old line off and replace it with whatever line you buy for a penny a yard, and get the proper tension for the whole spool. Ever try to do it yourself? A penny a yard is well worth it.

Other Equipment

Unless you have gained or lost a lot of weight, I would guess most everything should fit again this year. This is where you might upgrade a few items. Maybe a new vest or new waders or hip boots. Most of these things last for years. You can spring a leak in your hip boots or waders, but usually a patch job will work. I would never replace a pair of waders for a little leak. I just can’t see spending $1200 to $1800 just because they sprung a leak.

Polarized Sunglasses

There are a lot of good polarized sunglasses on the market and vary in price. I like to think glass lens rather than plastic lens tend to be a better choice. Better optics with glass and less distortion and scratching. I’ve tried both and my personal choice is glass.

Nets and the rest of the gear

I haven’t bought one yet and don’t know if I will but fairly new to the market is the rubber bag on some trout nets. I don’t mind repairing the string bag on my trout net. I don’t know how I’d repair a sponge or rubber bag when it gets ripped, and mine always comes up with a rip on a yearly basis.

Hip boots tend to require more attention than waders in my opinion. I have a bad habit of folding down my hip boots and eventually they will crack at the fold and leak. Since they are rubberized, an inner tube patch will take care of the crack or hole. A very cheap fix. When I didn’t have a patch handy on a fishing trip, I substituted duct tape, it works.

Fishing Season is Here

This is the time of year we have been waiting for so hopefully you have gone over all your gear and it’s in good shape or replaced so nothing else to do but to  GO FISHING!!

 

 

 

2016 Fishing Trip to Atlin BC, Canada


Opening Up The Cabin For 2016

Time  to get the summer started again in the far North. Not my cabin but a friend of mines cabin that is a good escape and a very good place to just relax and do whatever you want. (within reason of course) Lots of fishing, viewing wildlife or just relaxing.

Wildlife

On the road to Atlin, British Columbia, we seen a total of 6 bears along the side of the road. The first was a black bear sow with 2 cubs. Then a single black bear but the next one was a Grizzly  or brown bear that was very interesting. He was sitting on a big flat rock in the sun. It must have been comfortable to him to warm his bottom,  sitting on that rock as if it was a regular chair. The last one was another single black bear eating new grass shoots along the ditch. None ran off and we were able to take all the pictures we wanted. No other vehicles on the road so we could take picture after picture, and we did.

On to Fishing

After we had settled in and went fishing we seen another black bear and a Mule deer (doe) that was acting strange. She jumped across the road in front of us and stood in the trees just looking. We took some pictures and backed up a bit as she looked like she wanted to go back to the other side but we were there so she stayed put just walking a few steps one way then the other like she was nervous about something. We decided  she had a fawn on the other side of the road that she didn’t want to leave. We looked for her (the fawn) but never did see her and after we drove on Dick said he could see her in the rear view mirror back on the road walking to the other side. On to fishing.

Fishing  Palmer  Lake                                         

Palmer Lake is a small freshwater lake that is full of Northern Pike and a fewer bunch of Whitefish. It works out great, the Pike eat the Whitefish, we eat the Pike. I’m all for that arrangement. Fishing was very good that day. Using spinning gear and various lures, we caught our limit of 5 Pike in no time. It seemed like any color lure was doing the job, I started with a green on green and Dick was using a white and blue lure. We both were catching them but only in the 2 to 3 pound class. Anything smaller went back. As we got close to our limit, I put on a larger lure in yellow and green. Bam, first cast I tagged a fighter. As I was playing him, he broke water and jumped couple feet out of the water. This one I didn’t want to loose, and I didn’t. He was in the 7 to 8 pound range and the largest one for the day. In cleaning him we found he had eaten a 6 to 7 inch Whitefish. With that nice bunch of Pike we headed back to the cabin and the end of a fishing day.

Next Day,  Lake Trout

The picture on my website shows me holding up a nice catch of Lake Trout we caught on Atlin Lake when we came up to the cabin another year, but that was what we were after this trip too. Atlin Lake is a good size lake, around 90 miles in length and the weather was not all that great for a 20 foot long boat.

That day the wind was not blowing and no rain so we thought we’d give the big lake a try. Dick’s depth sounder was not working so we couldn’t pick up the shoals, but my pal thought he knew the lake well enough to know where they were. He was partially right but couldn’t find the edge of the shoal as that is where the trout are laying, right along the edge. We caught a lot of smaller ones that we threw back as 2 per person is the limit. We ended up keeping a couple of the small ones as they swallowed the hook and we tore their gill rakers removing the hook so they would have died had we put them back. No luck with the big ones that day, but we did keep our limit. All good eating even if they are not record breakers.

Skunked on Como Lake            

When the wind is blowing to hard to fish the big lake,images (5) we head for the smaller lakes or streams. We thought fishing Como Lake for Rainbows would be the order of the day. We grab our flyrods and head for the water. The lake is spring fed and clear as a bell. We can see rainbows swimming and “ringing”, that’s when the fish come to the top to feed and make a little ring when they break water. So we’re thinking we’ll get our limit in no time flat and skidattal. Never happened!! We fished a good hour and not a bite. Must not have liked the flies we were fishing with, or something. That was our only trip to Lake Como and the only time we got skunked fishing this trip.

Surprise Lake for Arctic Grayling flyfishing_2541670

With a limit of 3 Grayling for each fisher, it didn’t take long to get our limit so we became kinda selective on the size, throwing back the smallest to give them a chance to grow up. We elected to fish where the lake necked down to start the river and the water is running pretty fast. I felt cheated in that our fishing for the day was over in half an hour. Had our limit and big enough to satisfy our appetite. We can always come back another day, and we did another 2 times. Same results. Today for lunch we will fry some up for our old foggie buddies and give them a taste of goodness.

Last trip to BC this year for me

 

I’m glad I got this trip out of the way early and will be looking forward to another trip next year.  Dick has family coming in from Toronto CA and Portland OR for July and August and then shuts down the cabin in September for another year.

Now I can concentrate on fishing here in Alaska so no let up on the fishing end of it. Fishing is far from over for this year, and I’m happy about that.

If you like this post, or if you don’t like it, leave my a comment please.

 

 

 

Steelhead fishing in SE Alaska

When anglers think of Steelhead fishing in Alaska, most thoughts center around the Yakutat area of Southeast Alaska. There are an abundant amount of  Steelhead streams in the area that are easily accessible and produce Steelhead in quantity.

A lot of the streams in SE are catch and release for Steelhead, but in the Yakutat area, from Cape Suckling in the north, to Cape Fairweather in the south, you don’t have to release all your Steelhead. You can keep 1 daily, 2 in possession with 2 fish annual limit BUT there is a 36 inch minimum size limit to the one you catch and keep. It takes 4 to 5 years for Steelhead to get to that length and keeping only 36 inchers is a good way to keep the run strong.

The river system in the Yakutat area is not muddy bottom like some rivers are, but have a lot of rock and pebble bottoms to insure a good hiding place for the eggs. The male Steelhead are usually in the rivers in late fall and early winter so are there before the females start to arrive in early May and sometimes even April, depending on the rainfall and warmth of the spring. I think the temperature of the water triggers a lot of the action. Usually when the water is about 35 to 40 degrees the Steelhead will start to move.

Now when they come in from the ocean into the rivers, they have a welcoming committee waiting for their arrival. Hungry seals are more than happy with their return and once the fish get past them, hungry Otters wait for them a little further up the river. Once they dodge the seals waiting for them, then it’s the hungry fishermen/women, but they have to be really lucky to eat these fish as most of it is catch and release. It is still pretty darn hard to catch one over 36 inches that you can keep. You can figure a 1 year old returning Steelhead to be about 27″ long. Can’t keep him/her. In the 2nd year a Steelhead should be about 32 or 33 inches long as the first couple years they should grow 5 to 6 inches in length. The 3rd year they don’t stretch out as much, maybe only 3 to 4 inches a year, but now start to put on more weight and go from 10/12 pounds up to around 25 pounds, and that’s a nice fish, I don’t care who you talk to, that’s a nice fish.

Equipment doesn’t have to be anything special just because you are fishing for Steelhead. They might have a different appetite  for some flies than other fish but nothing special. I’ll list a few of the flies that I know work and I’m sure you have some of these already. Eggs are big catchers for Steelhead. Egg Sucking or Starlite Leech, in pink, purple or black, Comet and Deer Hair or Poly Wog, Bunny Fly or Hare Leech, Krystal Bugger again in pink, purple and orange. Trout beads and egg hooks. Zonker, Zudler or Kiwi Muddler in White or off white. Elk hair Caddis with a green or yellow body and a Royal Wulff. Don’t forget the Nymph flies especially with beaded heads. Any or all of these should produce results or even try out your favorite, but the colors I mentioned always seem to work good. I guess maybe when they are hungry they will attack most any fly.

I’m sure you will agree with me, once you go Steelhead fishing, you can not wait to get back to it. Every year can not roll around fast enough to wait for Steelhead season and the good fight and acrobatics they give us. So go get em and have a good time doing it. Remember, anytime is fishin time.

Any comments or questions you may have, just leave me a note below.

Looking for a new rod and reel for 2016?

New composites come into play every year in the fishing rod and reel industry. From the old cane pole type fly rod to the new stiff, fast action aluminum shafted Sage Method fly rod you have so many selections it boggles the mind. With it’s factory in Bainbridge Island, WA and testing grounds in that area it’s not hard to see they make an excellent rod for either fresh or salt water. The colors are vibrant and very nice to look at and be proud to hold it in your hands. This new rod also comes with a pretty stiff price attached to it, around $825.00 worth so it is not really for the beginning angler.

St Croix fly rods are another excellent buy and not quite as expensive. Not the aluminum shafted rod like the Sage Method but the quality is there in the St Croix Legend Elite and sells for $470.00 to $500.00. Made in Park Falls, WI also in the heart of fishing country. If you visit their factory, they have an observation platform so you can watch your rod being made.

These companies also make a lot of different rods and different prices to fit your needs. These examples I just gave are new for 2016, but they still produce their old standby rods you have come to appreciate.

Nautilus X-Series reels are also new and improved. It seems like the manufacturers are all using aircraft grade aluminum for the frame but the X-Series has improved and reinvented their renowned smooth drags. This resulted in a low-inertia Teflon and carbon fiber disc drag that adjusts easily, even with cold fingers, thanks to a sizable, textured knob.  The series covers weights 3 through 9 but for Salmon and Steelhead maybe the XL Max (weight 8 to 9) might be better served weighing in at all of 5 ozs with a price tag of around $145.00 to $225.00.

All new for 2016, so have a look around and make your pick.

May Flies

The month of May is here and nature will be in full bloom very shortly. When I hear “MAY”I immediately think of may flies. I can remember may flies hatching in such numbers that walking on them was a slippery event, but for fish and especially trout, it was Thanksgiving.

When you look at tied flies for fly fishing you will always find a good supply of may flies. Not only the color authentically portrayed but any color combination you can imagine.

In the spring, fish are always very hungry and any color combination is OK with the fish if they look tasty enough. Sometime I think the fish turn a blind eye to what a meal looks like, they are just hungry and want to eat anything that gets close to them. What I am saying is that fish, in the spring, a usually very hungry and Mother Nature provides them with a banquet every spring. May is pretty much the start of spring all over the US and many other countries in this half of the world.

Time to get geared up and ready for another year of fishing, wherever you may be located.

Good luck and good fishing.

Product review–Polarized Sunglasses

Fish, Cruise, Bike or Hike

Any activity outside in the sun will be more pleasant and rewarding if you can do it without squinting or shading your eyes. Polarized sunglasses can do just that.

Polarization works by absorbing the annoying horizontal sunrays that come through your lenses and block your vision. This makes for sharper focus and helps eliminates glare which is most helpful to anglers who enjoy sight fishing. A must for stream fishing when trying to detect movement in the stream. Much more than just enhanced clarity in bright sunlight, polarized lenses provide better UV protection and reduce eyestrain. The price for a very good pair of polarized glasses can run you from $100.00 to $400.00 a pair. There are some available for as little as $9.95. I have searched the whole spectrum and all I can say is you get what you pay for. Early on, I bought in the $25.00 to $50.00 range, then graduated to the $100.00 to $150.00 range, but never got to the $400.00 level. I have a bad habit of loosing them overboard and at $400.00 a pair I’d have to dive in after them. Amazon.com has loads of polarized glasses in all price ranges.

Some of the better glasses in the $125.00 and up are listed here by their websites:

  1. costadelmar.com       2.nativeeyewear.com     3. smithoptics.com   4. spyoptic.com                                 5. vuarnet.com   6. zealoptics.com  —just a few companies that make quality sunglasses.  Amazon.com carries most of these brands and sometimes at a better price than offered from the company itself.

Fly Fishing for Bluegill, Crappies and other pan fish

Fly fishing for the smaller species of fish can be fun and a good starting education for the small fry (no pun intended) and the experienced fisher too. Even at my age, I still enjoy sitting in a rowboat on a quiet lake fly fishing for Bluegill or Crappies. When I was growing up in Wisconsin, we called them “sun fish” or “pan fish” and grouped them in that category. Even Bass could fall into that category even though they were a little larger and didn’t hang around the pan fish much.

Fishing for Bass, both largemouth and smallmouth is another specialized category and has a following second to none. You can view Bass Pro Shop.com and find thousands of products just for Bass fishers. From specialized rods and reels to fast bass boats to clothing so everyone knows you are a bass fisher and probably what rank you are in the bass fishing community. I just made that up, but I do know they are a very clannish bunch. It’s like a fraternity and they are very serious about it. They have TV shows on bass fishing. They have contests for bass fishers with some very large prizes including but not limited to new bass boats with very large and fast motors because you want to be the first one to the best fishing spot. First place money is nothing to sneeze at either.

Me, I like to take it a bit more relaxed. That’s what I think fishing is all about. I couldn’t take fishing on the Kenai river here in Alaska, when the King Salmon start their run, that’s called “combat fishing” and I don’t want any part of it. Like I said before, I’ll take a rowboat ( maybe one with a small motor) on a calm lake with a lot of fish and just enjoy the sunshine and slow pace of it all.

Fishing for these pan fish can be a good start for any young inspired fisher, boy or girl. I think my one daughter was more tuned into fishing than my two boys were, and much more so after she won 1st place for largest Perch caught (weighing in at a whopping 1lb7oz) at our yacht clubs annual “Take a Kid Fishing” event. I’m sure she thought she had landed a whale, but she had the 1st place ribbon and all the bragging rights that went with it. She is married now and has two boys of her own, and still enjoys fishing and teaching the boys to fish also. What I’m saying is she is perpetuating the sport of fishing and the wholesomeness of it, all the time spending quality time with the youngsters. Her husband is an avid fisher too and has a hand in their fishing education. I have no doubt both of those boys will be fishers for life and in turn will teach their children, should they have any, to fish also.

I also believe teaching kids to fly fish from a boat is a very good way to introduce them to fishing. No branches to get your line fouled, don’t have to cast with a lot of accuracy and you get the rhythm down so you progress with the process.

Every kid should have his or her own fishing gear. It doesn’t have to be expensive but should be substantial so they don’t get frustrated trying to make it work. It will be an investment well worth while and something they will treasure for a long time to come.

If you have no children of your own, there are always the neighbors kids. You probably know some where the parents are to busy to take them fishing, so you do it. For the kids, it will open up a whole new world and you will have gained a new friend for life.

Target the panfish, they are easy to catch and are really good eating.