How to Set Up a Fishing Rod for Beginners: A Must-Read

Are you new to fishing? You do not require any professional experience to do so but you do need the right equipment. A fishing rod is basic equipment but it needs a bit of setting up before you embark on your fishing adventure.

When purchasing your first fishing rod, it would be best to buy from a store with experienced anglers. This is because they will be in a better position to help you choose the best rod for the kind of fishing you want to do.

Setting up a fishing rod will seem tedious and confusing at first but the experience is like riding a bicycle. Once you learn, you will never forget and it gets better with practice.

Here is How to Set Up a Fishing Rod – Beginners Guide

Assemble Your Equipment

A fishing rod can be a complicated piece of equipment so it is prudent to learn the terms before setting up yours. Should your rod break into two or more parts, the point where the pieces fit together is known as the ferrule. Fundamentally, the male ferrule fits into the female ferrule.

The handle is also known as the grip and it is where you hold the rod.The butt it the heaviest part of your rod that is next to the handle. The tip is the most elastic part of the rod and is positioned at the tip of the rod. Guides are the rings that go laterally around the rod and direct your fishing line.

Clean the Rod in Advance

You do not want to work with dirty equipment do you? Sponge both pieces down with a piece of cloth to eliminate any dirt or debris that could scrape it. Use cotton swabs to clean the female ferrule. By keeping the rod clean, you extend its life. Dirt can graze and damage the pieces that hold the rod together.

Tie a Fishing Knot

One of the first lessons you will learn when fishing is how to tie a sinker and a hook. The last thing you want is to watch your sinker and hook fly away after you cast your rod because of unlatching itself from the line. You do not need to learn various knots. The blood knot, uni knot, and clinch knots are ideal for any size or shape of sinker or hook.

Choose one of the mentioned knots and practice on it until you get the hang of it.

Pick the Right Fishing Rig

Don’t know what a rig is? It is simply your swivel, sinker, and hook combined. Picking the right rig relies a lot, on whether you are going to do ocean or freshwater fishing and the kind of fish you intend to catch. Once you master how to tie a fishing knot, you will be ready to work on your rig. The three most popular rigs are the paternoster, quill float and bob, and the running sinker rig.

Select the Stinker to Use

Sinkers come in all sizes and shapes. However, the shape is more important as it will determine the behavior of the sinker. For instance, pyramid sinkers quickly dig and sink into the sand while diamond and egg sinkers jump over rocks better than all other sinkers.

Attach the Reel

When you look underneath your rod, you should see a female opening to insert your reel. This is known as the reel seat. Introduce your reel and place the reel seat, which acts as a smooth handle, over the butt end of the reel. It will thread onto the reel. Revolve until you feel that all the pieces are in place.

  • Be careful not to over stiffen the reel. If you force the threading to turn past what it is designed for, it can snap and damage the rod.
  • Keep in mind that right threading should be tight while left should be loose. When looking at your rod from the back end, threading right will make it tighter. Simply put, rotating clockwise will tighten the thread, while rotating counter-clockwise will slacken it.

Choose a Lure type

Based on the kind of fish you want to catch, pick your lure style.If you will be fishing in freshwater, try a jig. This is because it will work well in fresh water by using feathers and a metal head to entice fish. A spoon lure will work perfectly for fish that prey on tiny fish. The spoon will wave from side to side to imitate the movement of an escaping fish, attracting the larger predators.

If you are looking for a multipurpose lure, try a spinner. A spinner is a metal piece that will spin in the water while moving. This draws a lot of attention and should be used in an especially difficult-to-catch setting.

Attach the Lure

Cord your line through your lure. Once you do that, leave about ten inches, or twenty centimeters, of line on the adjacent side of the lure.

Since it is hard to see the line, it is wise to practice tying knots with shoelaces or strings.

Wind the Line Back Around Itself

While your line and lure are positioned on the ground, tug the free end of the line back up towards the rest of the line. Lightly wrap the end of the line around the line on the other side of the lure, comparable to how a candy cane would have two colors wrapped around each other. Discontinue once you have wound the lines together about five times.

Fold the Free-end of the Line Back Through

Taking the end of your line, yank it back in the direction of the lure. Then, twist it through the first, big ring that holds the line. After looping it through, tuck it once again within itself, so that it come sunder the line.

Fasten the Knot

Clasp the line, as well as its end. Tug them together gently. This should make the line twist firmly where it has been enclosed, and create a snug knot at the lure. You may need to hasten the process along by using your fingernails to shuffle the twists down towards the lure. Once the knot firmly wrapped tightly, clip the surplus off the end.

To wind the knot down correctly, you may realize that you need to dampen the line. You can do this by dampening your fingertips with saliva and running the line over your finger.

Find the Correct Fishing Line Setup

Now you have figured out all your fishing rod basics, it is time to master your skills. Practice your rigs and knots by occasionally changing your setup in search of different fish species until you find one that works. Interact with local anglers and find out from them the kind of rigs that work for the fish in your area.

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