In a broad categorical sense, the best salmon lures for rivers are spinners, buoyant drift rigs, casting spoons, flies, and wide-wobbling diving plugs. Silver or chrome are especially popular hard-lure finishes, and many river salmon lures are enhanced with a bright color, particularly orange or […]
Month: April 2018
While it may be Florida’s largest city based on square miles, it’s still easy to find a number of good Jacksonville kayak fishing spots. A kayak fishing trip in the Jacksonville area will give you a chance to explore creeks, rivers, beaches, or tidewaters in […]
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Northern California is a giant area, approximately 2/3 of the state with a fishing line in the sand drawn somewhere below Fresno. If your map search for fishing in California you will find plenty of northern California Fishing Options but if your search takes you […]
Anglers who want to catch really big fish this spring should consider going to northern Minnesota’s Rainy River. The Rainy is one of the nation’s premier springtime lake sturgeon fishing destinations. It holds sturgeon that weigh up to 100 pounds or more. Fish in the […]
The improved clinch fishing knot is an easy and reliable terminal knot to tie when attaching a hook, swivel, or fly to your leader line or tippet. Many anglers like to use this knot when light tackle fishing or freshwater fly fishing because it’s best suited for lines up to 20-pound test.
If you’re learning how to fish, don’t let fishing knots intimidate you. Before you know it, you’ll be tying a clinch knot faster than you can say, “its time to go fishing
5 Simple Steps for Tying a Clinch Knot (Improved)
Follow these five easy steps to learn how to tie a clinch knot. Keep in mind that this is the improved version, otherwise known as the improved clinch knot.
- Pass the tag end of your fishing line or leader line through the eye of the fishing hook. Make sure you have about 5 or 6 inches of length on the tag end.
- Wrap the tag end of the line around the standing end five or six times.
- Pass the tag end of the line through the first loop of line that is just above the eye of the hook. Then pass it through the last big loop that you just created.
- Moisten and pull tag end and standing end so that coiled line tightens up against the eye.
- Trim the tag end (if needed). That’s all there is to it!
You might be wondering about the clinch knot vs the improved clinch knot, in other words, what the difference is between the two. The difference is that the improved clinch fishing knot includes the extra step of bringing the tag end of your line back through the loop before tightening.
Fly anglers who fish with medium to large flies often prefer the improved clinch knot when fly fishing due to the additional strength this variation provides. You may find that, when fishing with small dry flies and nymphs, many fly anglers prefer to stick with a standard clinch knot.
While researching where to fish in California, you won’t have to look long before finding information on the renowned tuna fishing in San Diego. “Sorry, Charlie,” but San Diego tuna fishing is one of those trips that remains on my “minnow bucket list” too. Tuna […]
Fishing might seem like an intimidating sport. When it comes to fishing learning the basics first will make you a well-rounded, confident angler. You don’t need a big boat and fancy gear to learn how to fish. We’re breaking down the essential fishing basics for beginners.
Fishing Basics for Beginners: Rod, Reel, and Tackle
When you first begin fishing learning the basics of gear and tackle may be challenging, but will become easier with time.
A rod and reel are the tools of an angler’s trade. Look for a spinning rod and reel combo with a 6’ to 7’ light to medium action rod and a 1000 to 3000 size reel. This setup will work for most freshwater or inshore saltwater fishing scenarios from bass and trout to red drum and small tarpon. Fishing equipment for beginners can be found at your local sporting goods retailer and are fairly inexpensive.
There are two popular types of fishing line: monofilament and braided line. A 6 to 10-pound test monofilament is a good option for beginners as it is durable, makes for great casting and is more cost effective. You’ll also need 10 to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader which is abrasion resistant and nearly invisible to fish underwater.
Remember that quality hooks are worth investing in. The size of the hook depends on the size of your bait. There are many styles of hooks with different benefits, but a circle hook will work for most types of live bait. When you learn to fish, you’ll quickly realize that split shot sinkers are an important item to add to your tackle box. They are small lead weights that will help sink your bait in a strong current or give you distance in your cast. Also, use a bobber to float your line, giving your bait a more natural appearance to hungry fish. It is also an indicator of a bite when the bobber submerges below the water.
Lastly, but equally important, live bait or artificial lures are what will attract the fish to bite your hook. Use bait that is local to where you are fishing or lures that resemble baitfish in your area.
Fishing Basics for Beginners: Essential Tools
Use a simple tackle box with multiple compartments to keep your tools and tackle organized. Make sure to pack line cutters as they are necessary for cutting the lines when rigging your rod.
When handling fish, it’s best to use a landing net to scoop your catch out of the water to avoid harming the fish. Then, use needle nose pliers to remove the hook safely and easily from the fish’s mouth.
Fishing Basics for Beginners: Fishing License
Purchase your fishing license before you hit the water. Most states allow you to do it easily online. Every state has different regulations so be sure to read up before casting a line.
Visit our How To Fish section to learn more about fishing basics and techniques.