Buying a Fly Rod

fishing-funnyOne of the first things that you need to consider is comfort.  Is the rod that you’re using comfortable for you to hold?  If you’re shorter than about 5’5″ you won’t want to use a rod that is seven feet.  Choose a rod length that is easy for you to hold and cast for a few hours at a time.

There is a difference with the flexibility of these rods as well. When we buy a regular fishing pole we usually buy the Ugly Stick as it is very flexible. However, if you are new to fly fishing, consider a less flexible rod as it will be easier for you to control when casting. You can go more flexible once you master the cast.

Most of the rods on the market today are designed to allow you to feel when a fish bites. The shaft of the rod is called a “blank” and when the rod is first manufactured the blank is made from fiberglass, graphite, or other materials.  Each of these blanks has an action that is either: light, medium, medium/heavy, or heavy.  The upper portion will also have an action that is either: extra light, light, or regular.

Both ends of the blank are assembled and the final result is a fishing rod, complete with a handle and guide.  No matter what type of rod that you’re using, the “action” of the rod will refer to the “blank”.  The action of the rod will have a great deal to do with the type of fishing that you’re doing.

Fly Fishing

theflyMy grandson and I started getting more into fly fishing late last fall. It’s great to hit a few of the rivers nearby, such as the Tuscarawas River. But let me tell you that fly fishing is not only made for the rivers.

One night when we were out at night fishing we weren’t getting hits. We noticed plenty of fish jumping but none seemed to want to hit our bait. Cody brought down his fly rod and within maybe fifteen minutes he pulled in a blue gill.

By the time we finished he had 5 blue gill and 2 bass while I never did get a bite fishing deep.

Now we keep our fly rods in the van along with our other poles. So that you might consider taking up fly fishing, I’ll start mixing in some tips. If you look to the right you’ll also see a terrific book that tells you all about fly fishing.

Keep coming back and post a few of your own tips when you feel the urge.

Snapping Turtle

0610141428-00 In spring we catch a lot of turtles. Big ones and small ones. This one Cody pulled out was a snapping turtle and he had plenty of attitude.

It’s not even the largest snapper we’ve caught. I caught one about twice that size three years ago.

They go after pretty much any bait but liver and hot dogs seems to work real well.

We released him after we got done taking pictures. Some of the smaller turtles we have caught are in our backyard pond.

Hunting for Fishing Bait

chicken3It’s getting close to hunting season here in Ohio. Deer season for bow hunters opens soon.

We just found this out last year and I wanted to pass it along. Chickens will thank us.

Deer liver makes excellent bait. Period. I know chicken liver is popular but the problem with it is it comes off the hook way too easily. Sometimes even when casting.

Not so with deer liver. Even the fish have a hard time taking it from you. We cut the liver into chunks and freeze each in a freezer bag. We pull out a bag and take it with us. When the day is over it goes back into the freezer until next fishing date.

This year we also tried the deer’s heart. Bam! Believe we will be making sure if my grandson gets one this year the heart gets saved as well. Already sent word out to my deer hunter friends that I want the heart.

Catching Carp

0511-1002-1016-0321My wife always asks Cody and me why we like catching carp so much when we can’t eat them.

Good question. The main reason we fish is to enjoy battling the fish on the other end of our line. Carp are among the best. I can immediately tell when I’ve hooked a carp. It pulls hard and goes everywhere. You don’t control it. You just keep the line tight and reel it in.

If you’re fishing from a dock you better keep in mind that these fish are excellent at getting your line wrapped around a pier and snapping it. We’ve lost our share when they use this tactic but it only makes it more enjoyable to pull it in.

We use ham and hot dogs for the most part when fishing for carp. Don’t roll your eyes. I’m just telling you what works for us. Chicken liver works as well but is hard to keep on your hook. Try deer liver. We took the liver from Cody’s deer and used it. It is not as slimy and it stays on the hook.

That’s a little secret I haven’t seen elsewhere. You’re welcome. 🙂


Best Time to Catch Bass

bassBass are probably the hardest fish to catch on a regular basis, at least in my opinion. We catch catfish pretty much anytime, although it picks up when night rolls around. We also pull in lots of carp no matter what time of day.

But bass are another thing altogether.

For the most part, dawn and dusk are definitely when the biggest bass can be brought in. First, remember that bass love ambush spots offering lots of cover from the baitfish. They like to hid, and pounce on their prey.

These bait fish are most active in the early morning or evening. When they feed, bass follow because the baitfish is less aware of threats when they feed. Go out fishing during these times for the best success.

I’ve caught bass during the day but always have the most success with them at dusk and dawn. If you’re trying to catch bass and having problems, try fishing those times.

Fishing Tips Digest

bigcarpMy grandson and I fish all the time. I’m retired so when he is not in school and the weather is right, you’ll find us fishing.

We catch a huge amount of catfish, carp (we throw them back but they are exciting to catch), crappie, bass, bluegill and more. Some of the baits we use will surprise you. We’ve had old timers look at us and shake their head when they see what bait we are trying but then they wander over once we’ve caught fish.

The goal of this site is to help you catch more fish. I’ll give you all the tips we use to catch em and will pass along information on bait we use, the rods and reels we prefer, and some of the things that have helped us.

My grandson will out fish pretty much everyone reading this. 🙂 Sorry but it’s true. We go out fishing with others and very seldom does anyone catch more fish than he does. We sit side by side and he’ll catch more fish than me. He’s a natural.

I’ll add plenty of pictures and anything I can think of so I hope you find this site helpful and that you’ll take time to comment and add a few of your own tips.