While it is true that some fisher folk can catch fish with their bare hands, most people who like to fish are not so dexterous. They require essential gear to make their day out on the water both productive and fun. Here are four essential pieces of gear every fisherman needs:
The rod needs to be both tough and bendable as well as light and easy to handle. Modern rods come in a great variety of materials from split bamboo to tubular aluminum to space-aged carbon fiber. Most rods have thick handles that taper towards the tip and are different lengths according to the kind of bait and the fish that is sought. Bait-casting rods can be as short as three feet long, while fly rods can be as long as 10 feet. Despite their length, some rods weigh only a few ounces. Rods for ocean fishing are heavier.
Centuries ago, fishing line was made of catgut, which had nothing to do with cats but came from the intestines of sheep. Later, silk was used. Now, lines are made of nylon or wire. They can be single or braided and waterproofed to protect them from both water and weather. Many fly lines are tapered, and they can be bought in different lengths. Lines are also tested to bear certain weights, and the weight is called the test strength. The test strength depends on the type of lure, the body of water, the fish and how much the fisherman wants to play the fish. Some fisherman attach the lure to the line by way of a leader. This is a nylon or wire line that’s tied between the line and the lure.
The Right Clothes
Many fishermen go out early while it is still chilly. Because of this, clothes need to keep the fisherman warm while being able to be shed as the day warms up. A long-sleeve performance tee worn beneath vests and jackets is appropriate, as are wading shoes, knee boots, thigh boots, or waders. Your footwear should have soles tough enough to grip wet, slippery surfaces, or for walking across mud. Hats, gloves, and sunglasses are also useful on a fishing trip.
The reel is simply a spool that’s attached to the rod and turned by a crank. Because of the reel, a very long line can be played out. Fly reels are for storing the line and pulling in the fly. There are also bait-casting reels, spinning reels and salt water reels.
There are many other types of gear that a fisherman could use to make their experience more enjoyable. But these are the ones they can’t do without.
About the Author:
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber