Fishing Tips

8th November, 2009 - Posted by Lucy - No Comments


  • Polarised sunglasses are always the best bet, unless you like the ‘element of surpise’ like our Vice-Chairman, Rebecca Thorpe!
  • Always check if you need a rod license where you are fishing – if you do not have one and are caught, fines of up to £2,000 can be imposed by the Environment Agency. Licenses can be purchased at your local post office or on the Environment Agency’s website.
  • Require casting instruction? Contact us for the nearest instructor in your area.
  • Casting – take time to observe the rise – a cast at the right time will take almost every fish.
  • Avoid the warmest part of the day to go fishing. Early morning and late evening are always the best.
  • When seeking fish – travel light and keep it simple.
  • Always allow your waders and boots to dry fully after use.
  • Etiquette -  Observe the rules of where you are fishing.
  • When fly fishing never cast the line so that it overlays the fish – this is likely to scare the fish.
  • Catch & Release (C&R) Play your hooked fish quickly and bring it in near the bank before it is warn out.
  • Talk to anglers around you – find out what baits are working from those in the know.
  • Always ensure you have the correct rod license. Check before you fish on the Environment Agency website.
  • Where the hell do I start? A great article for beginners by Trout Fisherman magazine!
  • We recommend that you always test out a fishing rod before purchasing. Visit your local fishing tackle shop.
  • Keep a diary. Log everything from where and when you are fishing to what you caught, what bait and what method worked!
  • Research a venue, especially a new venue before going to increase your chances of catching.
  • Always try to wash your fishign equipment in clean, fresh cold water after going fishing.
  • Always wet hands before handling a Trout / Salmon and ensure the fish is kept in the water at all times if you are putting it back.
  • DVD’s and fishing programmes, as well as the internet and books are great sources of information for beginners and those hopin to brush up on their technique!

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