If you’ve read a story by Mark Twain, you’ve seen the mental image of a young boy tying a string to a stick and setting off to catch fish. We’ve also seen survival experts build traps out of sticks and string that catch fish. These techniques work where that’s really all the equipment used, butwhy then, is there so much gear available to those whofish? Entire shops sell this stuff from dozens of brands. Why fuss with all this when a stick and a string seems to work? Logically, you know that the reason for this is similar to trying to chop down a redwood with a pocketknife. You use the right tools for the job. Liberty Mountain over the past year has been working diligently on boosting our fishing product assortment and learning more about this sport.
Has anyone ever told you that the most important part of your fishing kit is your line? Proper line casts better, is stronger and less likely to break when you get a bite and doesn’t alert the fish to your presence. You probably already know that there are lots of different kinds of line, but let’s go through the best lines for what type of fishing you like to do. For fly fishing, you need: backing, fly line, leader, and tippet. Other styles of fishing require just monofilament line which comes in different weights and strengths. Another style of fly fishing you might not have heard of or tried is called Euro nymphing. Liberty Mountain carries a product called a shorty that can be added to the front end of a regular fly line. The idea is that anglers can use a normal fly-fishing style with their trout line until they come to a run they want to fish Euro nymph style. You simply add the shorty to the end of your fly line with a loop to loop connection and start nymphing.
Lures and tackle
You’ve seen the hats with a small brim that goes all the way around that has fishing lures dangling all around it. Sometimes the lures are flies, sometimes they’re spinners or spoons but the nostalgia remains. The person that has that hat, loves to fish. An interesting fact about lures, is that fish have a memory for them. It’s common knowledge that a goldfish has a three second memory, and that attribute often is carried over to other fish in our minds. This isn’t true, however according to a study by the University of Oklahoma, not only do fish remember the lures they were hooked on, but neighboring fish also seem to observe those lures and avoid them. So, it is important to have a variety of lures to try to show the fish something they haven’t seen yet that they will try to bite at. AND you’ll want to have a good selection of things like sinkers, strike indicators and bobbers as part of your collection of tackle as well.
Rods and Reels
Quite possibly the most obvious piece of a fishing kit, the rod and reel, the most recognizable part of being an angler. Sometimes these two pieces are sold together, as a kit, for convenience and simplicity in decision making. Sometimes they’re sold separately, allowing you to make more involved decisions about what specifications you’d like to get out of your kit. Rods come in different lengths and weights (flex). Reels have different sizes and adjustability to aid you when you come across a river monster. Possibly the biggest key difference between rods and reels is which activity you are going to use it for. You wouldn’t want to use a fly rod to go trolling for bass. Liberty Mountain has a selection of rods and reels that are excellent for those just getting into the sport. These kinds of tools are excellent as backup kits in case a child, neighbor, or coworker wants to join you for a trip and you want to help them have a great time by letting them borrow a tool that you trust will perform well.
Boots and Waders
The first time you wade into the water to start casting is a lot like crossing this proverbial bridge into the inner circle of the fishing world. There are many ways to access the water. It usually starts by casting from the shore, or a small boat or raft. You usually have power bait or a worm as a lure. The feeling you get when you put on your own waders and boots for the first time is the one you’ll never forget. In the summer months, when the weather is warm enough, you could try wet wading. Wet wading being wading without waders. We’d still recommend boots to help you keep your footing. In the colder months, however, keeping dry is essential to keep hypothermia away. A good pair of boots and waders is essential, longevity and breathability are two of the most sought-after features in these products. We are selective to ensure that the equipment we offer has both these attributes.
In theory, you could get by without using any tools. You could keep your lures in your hat. You could bite your line instead of cutting it. Your fingers could be dexterous to handle your lures without forceps. However, your dentist would be happier with you if you used a tool to cut your line instead of your teeth. And, you’d probably prick your finger a lot less if you had some forceps. The right pack and tackle box will make keeping all your gear with you much more leisurely and organized. After all, you never know when you’ll come across a run that you’ll want to nymph and you might not have enough room in the pockets of your waders without a tackle box.
So then, one reason there is so much gear available to those who fish is to simplify the experience. The right gear makes catching fish easier to do, and therefore more enjoyable. Liberty Mounatin is thrilled to offer lots of new gear to add to your shops fishing assortment offering. If you don’t see something in this post or on our website that you think we should carry, leave a comment on this post. Or, if you know of another style of fishing like nymphing that we might not have heard of, let us hear about it.