Fishing can be a complex sport or a simple, relaxing hobby. No matter how you fish, there are a few key elements that need to be kept in mind when preparing a fishing rod. To ensure that your fishing rod is always steady and making efficient use of the lures, follow the techniques presented in this article.
Part 1 of 4: Assembling the Rod and Reel
Step 1. Identify the parts of a fishing rod
A fishing pole can be tricky equipment, so it's a good idea to learn the terminology before assembling it. If your rod can be split into two or more parts, the part that connects these parts is called a ferrule. The male ferrule must be inserted into the female ferrule.
- The cable is the part of the rod that you hold while fishing.
- The closest part of the cable is called the butcap or cable cap. The tip is the most flexible part and is located at the top of the fishing rod.
- The dowels are the rings that exist along the pole, through which the line passes.
Step 2. Clean the rod
Clean all parts with a cloth to remove any dirt or debris that could damage the rod. You can use a cotton swab to clean the female ferrule if necessary. By keeping the pole clean, you prolong its lifespan. Dirt can scratch and destroy the parts that make up the fishing rod.
Step 3. Put all the pieces together
Align the male and female parts on a flat surface. Firmly grasp the female ferrule and snap the male ferrule into it. Also remember to assemble any parts that serve to align the ferrules.
- Stop immediately if you are unable to assemble the pole. Look at the instructions and see if any mechanism is missing. Forcing the rod can permanently damage it.
- On most poles, you will need to rotate the pieces to fit them. Grasp the female ferrule and rotate the male ferrule after fitting them. This procedure will secure the pieces of your rod.
Step 4. Attach the reel or reel
At the bottom of the pole, near the handle, you should find a female opening for inserting a reel or reel. This part is called the reel seat or fastener. Insert a reel or reel into place. Once this is done, fit the fastener on the bottom of the reel or reel, fitting the two pieces together. Rotate until they are secure.
- Be careful not to overtighten the reel. If you force the fit more than necessary, it can break and damage the rod.
- Remember that when you thread to the right, you will be tightening. When threading to the left, it will be slack. In other words, clockwise threading will tighten the parts, while counterclockwise threading will loosen them.
Part 2 of 4: Putting the Line on the Fishing Rod
Step 1. Raise the spool arm and pull the thread
The arm, also known as the bale arm, is this silver part suspended from the reel. After applying some force, you will be able to bring this arm to the other side of the piece. With the arm raised, you will be able to pull out the end of the thread and the reel will unravel the rest.
- Be careful when doing this. If the arm doesn't lift easily, you may be looking at the wrong part. Never apply excessive force to open the arm.
- See if the spool is unwinding in the same direction as the spool or you will have unnecessary knots in the line. Simply rotate the spool so that it is in the same direction as the spool.
Step 2. Pass the thread through the lanyards
Most poles have between four to five lanyards attached. Start with the walkway closest to the reel and go to the upper end of the fishing rod.
Step 3. Close the arm
To close the reel arm, simply rotate it in the opposite direction from when it was opened. To test whether it is properly closed, gently pull the thread. The line must not go out.
Test the spool direction one more time by winding a small amount of thread. You will need to start over and fix the spool direction if it is not turning in the same direction as the spool
Part 3 of 4: Choosing a Bait
Step 1. Choose the appropriate color for the climate
The bait can depend on many factors, including the weather. On sunny days, you can choose a silver bait. The silver color helps to reflect light, drawing the attention of animals. On cloudy days, you can choose a golden bait. Gold has great reflective property and will get an extra shine on especially cloudy or dark days.
Step 2. Choose a type of bait
Choose bait based on the type of fish you want to catch, as well as where it can be found. Use a jig bait if you are fishing in fresh water. Thanks to its feathers and its metal head, it is usually efficient in this type of fishing. Spoon bait usually works on fish that feed on small fish. The spoon will move to try to mimic the movement of a fleeing fish, attracting predators.
Use a spinner bait if you are looking for a bait for any kind of job. A spinner bait is a piece of metal that spins in water as it moves. This draws a lot of attention from the fish and should be used especially in places where fishing is difficult
Step 3. Observe the clarity of the water
Choose a bait that attracts a lot of attention, such as a spinner or spoon, if the water is cloudy or muddy. These baits create vibrations in the water, so even if the fish cannot see the bait, it will still be able to feel the movement. On the other hand, this same vibration can end up scaring fish if the water is clean.
Part 4 of 4: Fixing the Bait
Step 1. Wrap the line on the bait
After threading your bait, leave about twenty centimeters of line on the other side.
Fishing line is difficult to see, so it is recommended that you practice the knots with a rope or shoelace
Step 2. Wind the thread again
With the line and bait on the ground, use the reel to rewind the line until it is with the rest. Wind the end of the line loosely around the line on the other side of the bait, similar to how the colors of a candy cane intertwine. Stop after you wind one line into the other about five times.
Step 3. Pass the end of the thread again
Grab the end of the line and pull it back towards the bait. Once this is done, pass the thread through the hole and then bend it once more inward so that the end is coming out from under the thread.
Step 4. Tighten the knot
Hold the thread and the end of it. Gently pull the two together to form a tight loop on the bait. Use your nails during the process if you need help. When the knot is tight, cut off the excess thread at the end.
Moisten the thread to properly wind the knot. This process can be done by moistening your fingertips with saliva and running the thread through your fingers
- Research the type of fish you want to catch, as some baits are more effective than others depending on the species chosen.
- Choose the proper strength for the rod and line. The size and weight of the fish can help determine the type of rod needed.
- Always have a pair of nail clippers in your toolbox. They can help when knives aren't useful.
- When placing the line on the pole, do not forget any lanyards. If you accidentally miss a lanyard or pass the line between the pole and the pole, you could damage the entire fishing pole.
- Be very careful when separating the mess from the fishing pole. If the thread is tangled, it may be easier to cut the tangle and rethread. Thread carefully when trying to untangle it so that you do not pull the rod incorrectly.