Thursday, February 11, 2016
Whether you are brand new to fishing or need to brush up on your fishing skills, you've come to the right place. With a little planning, your fishing trip will be more enjoyable. With practice and a little patience you could soon find yourself a new life-time activity that you can pass along to your friends and family.
Good fishing is available across Idaho, but some spots are better for beginners and kids. The Angler Guide to the Gem State contains info and locations for smaller lakes and ponds close to you. Many of these waters are stocked with trout or have easy-to-catch bluegill lurking in the shallows. Many have picnic or park facilities, nature trails or other attractions nearby to enhance your outing.
For fishing from the shoreline, we recommend starting with a simple 5 to 6 foot rod and reel combination with four to eight pound monofilament fishing line. A closed-faced reel with a thumb button to release and stop the line is easy to use and this simple hook, weight and bobber setup is ideal for a beginner.
Without a good knot you could lose your gear or your fish.
The simple Clinch knot is a good knot for beginning anglers. It is strong and easy to learn. Standing line is blue, tag end is yellow.