Fishing Beginners Guide Home

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If you are new to fishing, then you’ve come to the right place. When you are a beginner, fishing can seem pretty intimidating. You probably have a lot of questions and maybe no one to point you in the right direction.

This site will help you find your bearings and get you started on this wild and wonderful adventure that is fishing.
Imagine yourself on the water, the morning sun breaking through the horizon, a soft breeze at your back and nothing but birdsong and the gentle lapping of the water to occupy you until you feel the familiar tap-tap-tap of a fish on your line. This could be you, and soon too.

Here are some of the topics that you will see covered:

  • Absolute beginners fishing instructions

  • Fishing Rod Diagrams showing parts and names

  • Different types of reels

  • How to assemble a fishing rod

  • How to load line on your spinning reel

  • Different types of reels

  • Basic beginner fishing techniques

  • Fishing knots

  • Rigs and rigging

  • Equipment and gear for beginners

  • Different fish and how to fish for them (trout, bass, crappie, etc)

Where Should You Begin?

You will find this site chock full of useful information. If you find a post or article that you want to read but don’t have the time to go over it right now, you can print it out to read later. When you print a page from this site, you will get a nicely formatted printout without navigation menus. If you want to see what any page will look like when it’s printed, click on the little printer icon at the end of the page, feel free to try it right now.

Don’t forget to bookmark this site, so you can come back to it again. Learning a little something every day about fishing is great way make sure you are a better angler by this time next year.

  1. Fishing Beginners Guide – This is the best place to begin if you are an absolute fishing beginner. You can start with the first article in the series: The Fishing Rod: Parts & Terms and progress systematically through the guide or jump around starting with what interests you most.

  2. Fishing Tips & Tricks – Once you are finished with the Beginners Guide you can move on to read the tips and tricks section which will help you refine some of the things you’ve already learned or go over other fishing related topics like How to Care for and Clean Your Fishing Rod and Reel.

  3. Rigs & Rigging – There are more rigs to learn than you can shake a pole at, but I find it’s best to learn how to tie and fish one well before you move on to the next. Start with How to Tie an Egg Sinker Rig, probably the most useful rig a beginning angler can learn.

  4. Knots – Start with the two knots covered in the Beginners Guide then add to your arsenal with the Palomar Knot. An easy way to learn new knots is to print out a knot article and leave it by the T.V. or by your bed along with some line and hook (and a pair of clippers to cut the line). Practice before you go to sleep or during commercials.

  5. Game Fish – If you know you will be fishing for a certain species or you just want to familiarize yourself with the fish in your future go over this section to bone up on your fish smarts. If you know nothing about game fish read about Rainbow Trout and Bass first.

  6. Literate Angler – If your hunger for fishing knowledge and lore is great, then you will certainly want to check out this section. Here you will find books that I’ve personally read and that have helped me get better or inspired me to better fishing adventures. Your first stop should be: What Fish Don’t Want You to Know followed by Freshwater Fishing Tips & Techniques. For a total fishing noob these are two books that you will not want to be without. Start with these two and you can add more as you get better.

  7. Resources – Once you know what you need, in terms of tackle and outdoor gear, take a look through the resources page before you buy. Often I’ve gotten a much better deal online than off. I have a couple of recommended magazines there that I love. I find it very motivating to get a monthly reminder of outdoor adventures that are possible, especially when work and other obligations keep me from the outdoors.

Who is behind

I am someone deeply in love with the sport of fishing and the waters and wildlife that make it possible. You can learn more about me on the About page.

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