Fishing Gear Guide 2004

It’s been a while since I’ve bought much fishing gear, but with Grace growing up and actual success catching fish, I need two more rods. A good time to update the fishing guide. Resources like “TackleTour”: They remain a great guide to fishing gear particularly their editors choice:

* “Quantum Energy 20PTi”: Kind of expensive, but pretty amazing reel. $129 SRP. It’s a souped up version of the Catalyst listed below. Deluxe for Dad. They tested it with a St. Croix Legend Elite (ES66MF) rod and 8 lb test line, so it is for the bigger fish. Not an ultralight rig. The very best of the midrange combos. It would also work well with the AiRRUS Comatrix listed below. Won the best of 2004.
* “Quantum Catalyst 10PTi”: as a great high end reel. Perfect for Dad 🙂 $90 SRP. This is an ultralight reel. A good combination with the St. Croix Premier Traveler (PS60L4) and 2lb. Maxima Perfexi
* “Quantum Catalyst 20PTi”: This is a the medium reel. $90 SRP. Good combination with St. Croix legend Elite (ES66MF) and 6-8lb Trilene. Won the best of 2003.
* “Qkuma Metaloid”: This is the reel from two years ago that I drooled over. $80 SRP

In terms of rods, things are a little less clear mainly because most of these are specialty rods that Cabelas doesn’t carry:

* “St. Croix Elite”: Amazingly expensive at $300 a pop, but defines the high-end.
* “St. Croix Premier Traveler”: $120. Very light rod and it breaks into 4 pieces for backpacking. Perfect for Dad 🙂
* “AiRRUS Co-MATRiX 457”: $90. A good match to the Hypercast for instance.
* “Fenwick HMG”: Another classic rod. $100.
* “Quarrow OTS664F”: A great rod. I had trouble finding it last time. $110 SRP
* “Kencor SP4HV”: Only 4 feet long and fiberglas, its basically great for kids and is indestructible and easy to manuveur. $99. Good for kids

For the kids, I got the an inexpensive set of ultralight rod and reel. Smaller rods and reel means more fun when you catch the little guys.

* “Quantum Catalyst 10PTi”: They have a great combo price for this of $129 with a decent rod. Not a bad price. You can also get it with the Fenwick for $180 in total.
* “Daiwa Laguna LA500”: This is an ultralight reel, so great for kids. $50 at Cabelas. Works great with a 6 foot Fenwick ($100) and 2-4 pound partiuclary with 1/12oz lures.
* “Quantum Hypercast Ultra”: This is an open face reel that doesn’t require you to touch the line. Great for kids! $40.
* “Daiwa Spinmatic X”: This was the reel set that I originally got Alex and Calvin. Not great but at $30 what the heck. The Spinmatic SM-Z500T is supposed to be better with 5 bearings at $40.

Final thing is the line itself. Things are much more complex when it was all monofilament. Here are some choices:

* “P-line Fluroclear”: A best of boths play by a co-polymer line. It is as easy to cast as monofilament, but as invisible as flurocarbon lines. It isn’t as brittle as pure flurocarbon
* “Sufix DNA”: This is another very good co-polymer line. P-line rates a little better though.
* “Maxima Perfexion”: This is a 2 lb monofilament line. Not as fancy, but only costs $2/280 ft spool vs. $9/300ft for copolymers.

Where to buy it:

* “Cabelas”: has a big selection. Prices are list, but at least you know you’ll get it.
* “Thorn Brothers”: A little shop in Minnesota with a big presence on line. Got the St. Clair Premier Traveler from them.

King County Fishing Lakes in

King County Fishing Lakes in Washington State. I think I noted this already, but if you want to fish on Lake Washington, here’s the site to check out.

The other thing to go is to visit Lincs on Rainer Avenue. We never caught a single fish in Lake Washington until we visited them. They just know what lures work and what doesn’t and I’d listen to them.

Knowing Your Freshwater Bait (Non-Worms)

Knowing Your Freshwater Bait (Non-Worms) Knowing Your Freshwater Bait (Non-Worms)
Through centuries of trial and error, anglers have narrowed their bait choices to a few reliables. The following section covers the most popular non-worm bait for freshwater fish. (And by the way, the reason you find certain baits in bait shops is that they really work.)

So how does one go about putting a worm on one’s hook? There are three standard ways, and each is illustrated in Figure 1.

Knowing Your Freshwater Bait (Worms)
How to hook a worm… The simplest is to push the hook through the smooth or collar section of the worm (A).
It takes a little more finesse, but another method is to put the point through the top of the head and then out through the collar. It gives the worm great action when you move it through the water (B).
Texas rigging is just like the preceding method, except that you turn the hook around and bury the point in the collar so that the worm doesn’t hang up in weeds or rocks (C).

Trout – Baiting For Springtime

Trout – Baiting For Springtime Trout
Salmon eggs are a highly productive trout bait, especially on opening day. They’re the right size and shape, and in many instances, they are saturated with flavored oils for added enticement. Cheese-flavored eggs seem to be the most popular.
Salmon eggs come in a variety of colors. While red and yellow seem to top the list with fishermen, many anglers have switched to the new fluorescent colors, claiming that they’re more productive during the season’s first few days. And, for some unexplained reason, trout tend to be more attracted to various shades of red over many of the brighter colors.

The popularity of salmon eggs has always been quite high among early-season trout anglers, so high that hook manufacturers went to the trouble to design hooks specifically for use with salmon eggs. They are available in various sizes ranging from No. 8 to No. 14. These hooks have extremely short shanks and come in both turned-up and turned-down eye styles. When properly rigged, the hook can easily be concealed entirely within a single salmon egg. Consequently, the only thing the rainbow, brookie or brown actually sees, even in clear water, is the egg itself.

What do you do when your local tackle shop is sold out of salmon eggs? Make a quick stop at the corner convenience store. Most are open 24 hours a day, and they all sell cheese.
Most soft cheese products make great trout baits, particularly when you’re targeting trout that are fresh from the hatchery. Cheese oils rapidly disperse with the currents, often luring hungry trout from incredible distances. Additionally, soft cheese can readily be formed around a salmon egg hook and molded into pellet-shaped morsels. When all other forms of bait fail, a small glob of cheese may save the day.

The first person to use marshmallows for bait was either very creative or totally frustrated. Whatever the case may have been, it worked. Yes, those tiny cocktail marshmallows have saved the day for many trout anglers, especially during the season’s first few days. While marshmallows don’t resemble any form of trout food, hatchery or natural, they do emit sufficient odor to attract various species of fish. In fact, some anglers complain that they are too effective.
Marshmallows can be cut or torn into smaller pieces, then easily formed to cover a salmon egg hook. However, because they have a relatively high air content, marshmallows have the tendency to float. Therefore, a small piece of split shot, preferably BB size must be added to the line about 12 to 18 inches above the hook. This will place the bait close to the bottom. Be sure not to add more weight than necessary to hold bottom, while still allowing the bait to drift naturally. Add too much weight and you’ll spend most of your time trying to dislodge the split shot from snags.

While fresh corn, yellow or white, doesn’t seem to work well at all, canned, whole-kernel, yellow corn makes a great trout bait. Some believe this is because fine-ground grains are one of the main components in fish pellets, one of which may be corn. The list of ingredients on the side of the fish pellet can does not specify which types of grains are used, but corn seems to top the list of most commercially prepared fish and animal foods. If this is indeed the case, there’s a good argument for the use of corn for trout bait, particularly during the early days of the season.
Again, the bait should completely cover the hook. Depending on the hook’s size, this may require two or possibly three kernels. Fortunately, corn has a slight negative buoyancy, therefore, only one or two split shot may be required to maintain the proper depth. If the stream or river currents are somewhat fast, more weight may be required to maintain the correct depth.

While some designated trout streams mandate the use of artificial lures or flies only, many stocked streams permit the use of various forms of natural bait. Obviously, before fishing any body of water, it is a good idea to carefully scrutinize the regulations pertaining to that location. If it is permissible to use live bait, then the selection is almost endless. After feeding on fish pellets for nearly a year, newly stocked trout have two options: switch to natural foods or starve to death. A week or two after stocking, most trout will eat just about anything that comes along, especially if it looks perfectly natural.
Nothing is more appealing to a hungry trout than a fat, pink, juicy garden worm floating with the currents. Even when the weather has been too cold for the worms to occur naturally, trout will instinctively pounce on a properly presented worm. The key to success is proper presentation. As with all forms of bait, the hook should be well hidden. Additionally, if a piece of split-shot is required in order to reach bottom, use just enough weight to maintain the correct depth, while still allowing the bait to drift naturally with the currents.

The worm should be cast upstream at a 45-degree angle, preferably well above the head of the pool. Just as soon as the bait hits the water, close the reel’s bail and begin a slow, deliberate retrieve. Keep sufficient tension on the line to detect the slightest strike and also to gently lift the bait over the snags.

A few weeks into the season, trout will actively feed on minnows. While many states do not permit the use of native minnows, tiny fathead minnows are a good substitute, particularly when they measure no longer than 2 inches. The minnows can be either lip-hooked or impaled just beneath the dorsal fin, thereby keeping them alive and active as they drift through deep pools. Some anglers find that attaching a small, clear plastic float aids them in casting the minnow to the most productive locations, such as close to submerged boulders or close to an undercut segment of shoreline

George Van Zant Tackle Reviews

George Van Zant Tackle Reviews – Ultralight lessons
Continuing on with my education and knowing that the big fish are always caught on bait, I learned more valuable techniques. First and most important, it’s always best to use very light test mono, you will get twice as many hook-ups. I use 2 LB P-line on one reel (Shimano Symetre SY- 1000 FH) with the back-up spool holding 3 LB P-line. On my Daiwa Tournament SS 700, I have also 2 LB on one spool and 6 LB P-line on its back-up. My Ultra light Daiwa Spinmatic SM-Z500 has 2 LB wound on the main spool and backed up with a spool of 4 LB fluorocarbon. Crowley is a very mossy lake, which necessitates the use of floating bait to elevate it above the moss. Most everyone uses Power Bait, inflated night crawlers, marshmallows etc. The bait floats up over the bottom but is held down by a 1/4 ounce slip egg sinker or split shot.

Since I switched to very ultra light rod and reels, I have done some things to augment the ultra, ultra light fishing techniques. First I switched to 2X light wire fly tying hooks, barbless in many situations and to a long, skinny, extremely light, fly rod blank. I have constructed an 8 footer, an 8 1/2 footer and a long 9 footer. The rod blanks are graphite 3 and 4 weight types with extremely slow bends. When a hooked trout repeatedly takes his traditional wild lunges, the long soft rod action gently bends all the way to the reel seat. The super sharp skinny hooks always stick solid in the fishes’ mouth and do not straighten out as they meet the soft cushion of the rods action. Sure, it takes longer to land them, but who cares as long as they get into the net.

Ultralight Spinning Rods Six New

Ultralight Spinning Rods Six New Ultralight Spinning Rods,
Ultimate Ultralight Travel Set Added
CERRITOS, CA– Daiwa is taking ultralight spinning tackle to the extreme level with its six new Spinmatic rod models, each of which features titanium nitrided Zirconia tip-top that is so tough a file cannot scratch it.
With Daiwa’s X-Treme guide system ultralight practitioners can be assured of long casts and solid performance. Daiwa’s X-Treme guide system has its basis in the physics of fishing and its proof in researched performance. To obtain peak performance Daiwa increased the number of guides for greater sensitivity and rod action, decreased their size for better rod balance and accuracy. And, finally, Daiwa rod designers placed the guides closer together for better hook setting power. The result is X-Treme.
Maximum power and sensitivity is achieved through the high-performance graphite used in these Spinmatic rods. The classic looking gunsmoke guide frames, high-grade cork handles and aesthetic finish make these rods ultra-pleasing. The genuine Fuji? reel seat provides a sure, snug fit for any ultralight even though they were designed for Daiwa’s classy Spinmatic ultralight reels which feature up to five ball bearings.

Packable Tackle

Packable Tackle Do realize that, as with photo equipment, good gear assures quality results but only beginners pay list price. Tackle is widely discounted. Shop wisely and you can save 30 to 50 percent. I’ve found the lowest prices either in mail order catalogs you can order through fishing magazine ads or in discount stores where tackle from “nam” manufacturers such as Garcia, Diawa, Fenwick, Shakespeare and others offers roughly equal quality in any given price range — plus the access to parts and repairs you might find expensive with off-brand gear.

While blister-pack beginner’s outfits can get you started, a spincasting, casting or fly rod that breaks or telescopes down into a 14-inch or 16-inch package to fit luggage makes tackle “packable.” Spinning lets you cast small lures or baits best and is the typical all-around choice. Spincasting suits children and those who enjoy minimal casting fuss at the price of limited casting range and line capacity. Baitcasting allows heavier lines for larger fish and trolling without line twist. Flycasting magnifies the fight of small fish and provides its own special pleasures if you have time to practice casting skills.

Fiberglass rods fit the tightest budgets and suit beginners’ needs; experts find more expensive, yet lighter weight, graphite and/or boron rods increase sesitivity to better detect light bites and reduce casting fatigue. Good rods use graphite or fiberglass instead of metal ferrules.

A reel to match your rod comes next. Most manufacturers suggest their own matching reels, but you might save by mixing rod and reel brands. For example, any spring reel that holds 200 to 250 yards of four-to six-pound test line fits the typical all-around spinning rod. Look for full bails and skirts that reduce the chance of line loops snagging on reels. An extra reel spool lets you carry both four- and ten-pound test line to meet changing conditions.

Six- or eight-pound test line is a good choice for all-round use; flour-pound test suits trout and panfishing. Interchangeable spools aren’t available on spincasting reels, but are common on single-action fly reels and available in baitcasting reels to make it easy to switch line when needed.