Fishing. Loved by children and adults alike, it’s one of America’s favorite pastimes, particularly for those who like seafood. Trout fishing has become a famous American tradition, especially for sportsmen and hunters, Boy Scouts, and vacationing families who want a taste of the outdoors. It’s also a valuable skill. For first-time fishermen, getting started can seem daunting, even frustrating, so I’ve enclosed a few tips and tricks which helped me.
The fishing of trout is regulated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and requires a license.There are seasons in which to fish, fees, permits, with rules varying with each State, so be sure to read them carefully and pick up a license before you begin, or else bring a friend who has one.
Where to Fish
Trout can be found almost anywhere in the United States. I personally preferred Utah’s more arid climate to places like Texas, which are more muggy and humid, particularly in the eastern parts. Look for current breaks, obstructions in the rivers, deep pools, or shade in the summer; in winter, they like to bask in sunlight. Calmer waters where the fish don’t have to expend much energy are common hangouts.
Read more: Where to Look for Trout in a River
You’ll need a fishing pole. A cheap rod/reel set will run you $30 and $50 and good ones are $80 to $200. You’ll need shoes you can get wet on a regular basis, a small boat, such as a canoe, if you intend to be out on a lake, and a tackle box with appropriate bait and hooks. And get a wide-brim hat, your neck and shoulders will thank you.
Bait and flies
Bait is very important and its effectiveness is weather contingent when fishing for trout. When it’s windy, use flies, when it’s raining, use worms. Flies size 8 to 10 in dark colors and patterns are recommended by most and I’ve found they’re right. On my last trip I caught several medium-size fish with a similar one.
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Never gutted a fish? No problem! There’s a perfect demonstration from CBS’s hit series The Big Bang Theory in which Penny instructs the guys in proper fishing etiquette. Also, a case of beer is traditional, but Cherry Cola will keep your wits sharp for when you nab them. Trout are fighters and can wiggle their way to freedom if you don’t wheel them in quickly.
Otherwise, get out on the water and have some fun! And don’t forget your MP3. What’s fishing without music, right?