Over the years I’ve found that there are many different techniques for the three basic categories of land fishing:  Fly fishing, bait fishing, and spinner fishing.  Each method has its basic tips for success.  Here are a few I’ve found to work for me.

1. Many know that while fly fishing, it’s important to “match the hatch.”  In order to do this, you first must determine if you are fishing on the surface (dry fly fishing) or underneath the water (nymph fishing).  If you are dry fly fishing, run your hand through the branches of the trees and see what falls or flies out.  Then, match one of your flies to the current bug!  For nymph fishing, turn up the rocks around the area or in the river and see what’s lurking there.  Then go through the fly box and match the fly to it.  The hatch changes from day to day.  What works one day, may not work the next.  Also, check with the local fly shop personnel.  They usually know what is working for the day. 

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2. The key to “bait fishing” is trying to simulate some type of a “scent.”  Fish have a way of sensing the particulates in the water.  Purchase some fish scent (many different varieties available) and dip your worms into it!  (Anus is one of the best because of its permeating scent.)

3. Also, when bait fishing, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before baiting your hook, and rinse well, for a clean start.  Fish are extra sensitive to foreign odors from your hands. If you’ve been eating finger food or handling mechanical boat parts, for example, the fish will pick up the scent off your bait and shy away.  (Hint:  If baiting with maggots, smash them first. . . the scent will be dispersed and fish will flock!  If you don’t smash them, they are just a hard shell that has little appeal.) 

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4. In spinner fishing, the key is to determine the right color to attract the fish you are after.  For example, trout seem to be attracted to greens, reds, pinks, and blues.  Bright, shiny metals (silver, brass, gold) are the best colors to use in spinner fishing along with any accent color that might attract your kind of fish. 

5. Spinners/wobblers flutter in the water attracting fish to the object.  Fish are basically cannibals and will prey on “wounded fish.” The spinner/wobbler simulates this condition. 

The movement of the lure is essential as well.  If you’re not catching fish, try bending or twisting the blade to create a different fluttering action.  Watch how it moves through the water, and if it isn’t spinning/wobbling like a fish, try something else.  (I don’t recommend using your teeth to bend metal blades!  Keep a pair of small pliers in your tackle box.  I’ve seen many chipped teeth because of this activity! )

Jim Lefgren
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