By Scott Bowen

This straight forward source offers the entire necessities of fishing—using all types of take on, from spincasting and baitcasting to surf casting and fly fishing—for various fish, in either clean and salt water. With step by step images on each web page, it exhibits tips on how to tie the basic knots; opt for the correct lures, traces, and take on; establish fish; and make powerful casts.

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Use floating fly boxes if you’re casting from a boat and taking flies from boxes stashed in a jacket or cargo pocket. • Some boxes for big saltwater flies are similar to clear plastic trays for conventional lures, and are fitted to the same kinds of bags. • Get boxes big enough to contain the entire fly, and that prevent the feather points of large flies from sticking out and getting bent or broken off. indd 29 11/7/08 11:03:35 AM Rod Protection: Racks & Cases Broken rods can be mended, but keeping them safe in the first place is a lot easier Most rods and reels worth buying these days are also very well made.

Many baitcaster models have a spool-release clutch for casting, similar to the line-release button on spincasters. Teflon-coated drag discs. • Baitcaster body designs vary from the low-profile, ovoid reels often used in bass fishing to reels with rounded sides, depending on the gearing configuration. • While mostly associated with bass, baitcasting reels allow you to fish successfully for any species. • Reel bodies are often aluminum, or sometimes or titanium-coated aluminum, with aluminum spools and • Many baitcasters have adjustable spool-brake systems on their spools that reduce backlash.

The fillet blade also needs to be flexible, with an easy bend, so that the cutting angle can change as the stroke is made. • Don’t cut through heavy bone or make steaks with a fillet knife—use a heavier fishing knife for that. • Numerous devices are available for sharpening knives, some very simple to use, but learning to use a sharpener is an essential field skill. • Stroke the blade at a 20degree slant on a sharpener, in a smooth, steady arc across its entire length. • How hard the metal of a blade is and whether it’s stainless steel or not will affect how easily it will sharpen.

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