Tips for People Learning How to Fish

Rachel Rasmussen

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While the intrigue of fishing in the Colorado rivers and lakes may be tempting to many people, it is important to remember that fishing, like any sport or activity, has some tips that beginners should be aware of. Here are five tips for beginner fishers to know.


1. USE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR THE OCCASION: it may seem like most fishing equipment is universal, but there are differences depending on what kind of fishing you want to do. Part of that is knowing what fish you are trying to catch and to make sure your bait mimics that fish’s food. You also don’t need to go overboard when it comes to equipment and cost so keep it cheap and buy only the necessities.

2. LEARN HOW TO CAST: practicing quality casts can result in catching quality fish. Plus if you miss your strike zone because of a bad or inexperienced cast it could result in lost opportunities and lures.

3. BE PREPARED: because fishing is an outdoor sport you have to be prepared for all types of weather and water conditions and know that the fish could be unpredictable. Make sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and water. Also know the laws regarding where you’re fishing and make sure to have a valid fishing license or stamps.

4. BE PATIENT: fishing is a waiting game and takes time and patience before you catch anything. It also takes time to learn the equipment and the environment you’re in. And while it may be difficult, you also have to try to stay quiet so you don’t scare away the fish. If you do make any noise, try to make it a noise that will attract them.

5. BE CONFIDENT AND HAVE FUN: confidence is key when it comes to your throwing. Having confidence could be the difference between a successful cast and an unsuccessful one.

While fishing, always remember to leave your area the same way, if not better than, you found it to respect the wildlife, people coming to that area after you, and the people that help to maintain it.