Many people put the cart before the horse so to speak when it comes to learning about Freshwater fishing. They believe that with a few lures and some very basic knowledge a successful Freshwater fisherman they will be. But it can entail a little more than that.
You have to know a little bit about the type and kind of fish that you are trying to catch. The Basic needs of the fish and the area that you are fishing, as well as the history of the region that you choose to fish.
Some of the details that you should need to find out about include: What does the fish eat for natural food? What is the best time of year to catch the fish you want to catch? Is it a fish that likes slow or fast water, and is it a true freshwater species?
Most of what fishing is often is accurate information. As you learn more about fishing you will discover that you have different areas and features to learn. As you master them, you will become more and more successful, and have different stories to share about your increased ability to catch fish.
A good basic rod and reel, with anything from 7 to 20lb test monofilament line is your best bet to start. You will need to purchase a selection of weights, and split shot weights in various sizes often work the best. A pair of pliers and a selection of plastic worms and bait will complete your basic setup. A bobber or float of a couple of different sizes will assist you if you are going to be lake fishing or fishing in slow moving waters.
The mark of a successful freshwater fisherman is patience. It takes time to learn your local area, as well as knowing the basics. While most people can learn in a short time, others it takes a while, and a lot depends on the area and the fish population that you are seeking.
One thing that you should be aware of is even the most experienced fishermen have times where they don’t catch fish. It is a lot of “local knowledge” of the hot spots and where to go, that will help you as you learn and develop as a fisherman.
If you choose to develop into a fly fisherman, then you should find someone that is successful locally where you live and ask for some pointers. Fly fishing is a skill that is not too hard to learn, but you need a person face to face to teach you the specifics. There are different techniques, and ways of casting, so its best to have someone show you the different ways they use.
It depends on the area where you fish to use dry, or wet flies. If you are a fisherman, you will know that depending on the native food of the fish you seek will determine which kind of bait, and what kind of fly that you will use.