River Fishing for Beginners: Essential Things Needed

Jess KContributor IIIJuly 25, 2011

Rivers snake their way through the land in many sizes, be it wide, still chasms or the waterfalls and heavy currents caused by their sources of glaciers, lakes and tributaries. Due to some of their confines, overhanging trees and bushes can end up on the end of the line more regularly than fish unless you are careful and skillful at fishing.

If fly-fishing is your thing, then the rod, reel and lines will depend on the obstacles you have to get around to reach the fish. A small eight-and-a-half to nine-foot rod with a five to six class reel and a dry and an intermediate sinking line that can be changed over quickly is practical.

For newbies fly-fishing on rivers, practice side casting and rolling casts until you are confident at delivering your fishing hooks.

The fly box should contain patterns from, nymphs to wet and dry flies in various sizes and colors. Landing fish in tight spots can create dangers, especially if you are wading. Never fish alone in this kind of environment and use a wading stick to check the bottom.

A landing net will reduce losses in confined areas or mid-river and some types can double as a wading stick. Keep an eye on weather too; showers higher up can cause flash flooding.

If you plan on spinning, a spincast or a bait-caster rod and reel set up with appropriate strength line to retrieve lures, bobbers and crank-baits from hazards as well as fish. Baits and lures should include everything from soft-baits, worms, frogs to mice and bobbers as well as spoons, hard baits and spinners.

Fishing regulations and permits are as compulsory and bring polarizing eyewear, scissors, fishing pliers and your knife.