Fishing is a tranquil and electrifying experience all at the same time. If you’ve never done it before, but you’ve always wanted to, don’t be deterred. It’s a skill that anyone with determination can pick up with a little guidance, and it’s time that you got started. In fact, even if you have fished before, there may be tips and tricks that you too could take on board. Perhaps your haul is never quite as big as you’d like it to be, and that might be an indication that there are a few things you could tweak in order to become the fishing master.
There’s nothing more important in this life than doing the things you love, so take any opportunity you can to whisk your best friends or your closest family off to a beautiful lake in some beautiful location and, who knows, maybe our advice will help you reel in a fair few catches as well.
Learn the basics before you tackle the big world.
Of course, this is the standard advice for anyone starting any new activity without any prior experience or training. With fishing, however, it’s of the utmost importance. This isn’t a sport that you can just ‘wing’ and hope for the best. This is an activity of great skill and patience.
Start by researching the standard procedures for fishing. Maybe you’ve already done that, and you’re rolling your eyes, but you’d be surprised how many people dive into fishing head first, without bothering to learn anything beforehand. Yes, we’ve all seen TV shows and films before, but watching a screen doesn’t count as practice, I’m afraid. Read, or watch YouTube videos, instructing you how to add bait to a hook, fly your fishing line, and reel your fish in, before you try it for real.
Of course, if you feel there are still gaps in your knowledge after extensive research, there are some specific and detailed places to research everything you need to know about fly fishing. Make sure the experience works for you. If you’re doing it casually, then don’t go overboard. If you’re fly fishing at an expert level, then make sure you’ve considered everything you could possibly consider for success.
Once you’ve learned the tricks of the trade, get the gear, time and place right.
You may be feeling pretty good about yourself now you know how to perform the motions of fishing. Perhaps you’ve even learned a few tricks to reeling in big catches more easily. Of course, the fishing itself is not the only thing you need to consider if you want to be faced with a successful haul.
You need to consider whether the gear you’re using is appropriate and whether the location is appropriate. Not all lakes are swimming in vast schools of fish, by virtue of them being a body of water. In addition, not every fishing rod is perfect for the job; wear and tear can cause you problems down the line if you don’t quality check your gear before setting out on a boat or sitting down by the lake edge.
Prepare to wait.
Perhaps this seems like an odd piece of final advice, but it might, quite possibly, be the most important. If you see yourself as a patient person, that’s great, but it might not be the case after four hours of sitting on the open water with nothing to do and nobody to talk to. Think of some form of education and prepare for a whole lot of waiting.