Table of contents for Total Noob Beginners Fishing Guide
- The Fishing Rod: Parts & Terms
- The Fishing Reel: Types of Fishing Reels
- Terminal Tackle: All the Stuff on the Other End Your Rod
- Fishing With Live Bait
- Fishing With Prepared Baits
- Types of Fishing Lures
- Fish Anatomy
- Understanding Fish Senses
- Which Rod and Reel Should I Buy? – Your First Fishing Rod & Reel
- Two Knots You Absolutely Need to Know
- How to Assemble a Spinning Reel and Rod
- How to Load Line on a Spinning Reel
- How to Set the Drag on a Spinning Reel
- How to Cast Your Spinning Rod
- How to Find Fish
- How to Play and Land a Fish
- How to Keep and Clean Your Fish
Now that you understand the rod and reel, its time to get to know what goes on the end of your line.
hook, weight, swivels, floats, lures and other tackle that can be attached to the end of your line.
Line: This is the length of thread that goes on your reel. The end of which is attached ultimately to some kind of hook or lure. There are only a few basic types of line available. These include braided nylon or Dacron, and monofilament and fly line (for fly fishing). For our purposes, monofilament line will do just fine. Line comes in several strengths. The strength of a line is listed on the spool as pound test. The most useful strengths for freshwater fishing are 4, 6, 8, and 10 pound strengths.
The strength of a line, measured in how much weight a line can support before it breaks. The spool signifies this with the pound mark “#”. For example, 4# test.
Floats: Also known as “bobbers.” These can be made of hollow plastic, balsa wood or Styrofoam. They are designed to float, in order to suspend your bait off the bottom. When you use a float, you want to use the smallest one you can. It should obviously float, but it shouldn’t require a submarine to make it sink either. The float should also stand upright in the water, this can be accomplished with the help of sinkers.
These are weights that you attach to your line.They come Traditionally these are made of lead, but recently, environmentaly friendly options have become available: tin, steel, bismuth and tungsten-nickel alloy. These new non-poisonous sinkers tend to be slightly more expensive than the lead ones, but they are better for wildlife and for you.
Hooks: You probaly know what this is, but just in case.. These are curved pieces of wire with a sharp point on one end (to hook the fish) and a curved eye on the other (to attach the line). They come in many different sizes and styles and must be sharp in order to do their job.
Ball-bearing barrel swivel: This is used between your line and your leader. It keeps your line from twisting because it allows the leader to to turn encumbered. The leader is a shorter piece of line on which the hook is tied.
These are special swivels that are used in creating certain types of rigs. They allow you to add two leaders to one line.
This is just swivel with a snap attached to one end. The snap makes it easy to change out your lure, but the extra hardware can scare off some fish.
These are attached some lures, many lures come with them, but they can also be purchased an added on as well. The line is tied to the ring, instead of directly on the lure. Split rings, like snaps can impart movement to some of your lures. Split rings are stronger than snaps.
These are attached the same way as a split ring, between the lure and the line. They add movement to the lure, and make it much easier to change out your lures.
In the next post we’ll discuss the diffrent kinds bait that go on the end of that hook.Print This Post