For those of you who have never heard of the term “gang-hooks”,
it’s probably time for you to take a closer look. A set of gang
hooks is fairly simple to tie yourself, or you can buy them, the
choice is yours. What’s important is that you begin using them
for all of your live bait fishing. A set of gang hooks is, by
far, the most natural way to present a worm.

Gang hooks are simply two small hooks tied in tandem. Hooks that
are probably much smaller than you may be accustomed to. I
personally prefer size 10 hooks. My preference is 2 size 10
hooks tied on four pound test. And I catch BIG fish with a setup
that’s this size. I consistently catch Smallmouth Bass up and
Rainbow Trout up to five or six pounds on gang hooks setups
exactly that size.

The only downfall to a gang hook setup is that some state
regulations don’t allow them. So check your state regulations
before fishing with gang hooks. I know from experience that in
Montana and Pennsylvania gang hooks are perfectly legal. Check
your local regulations before using them though, just to be

So how do you get a hold of gang hooks? There are two ways.
First you can do a little research on knots, and tie them
yourself. His is obviously the most inexpensive way. Research
the “Snell knot”. The other way to get a hold of gang hooks is
to just buy them. Go somewhere like JRWfishing and you’ll be
good to go. My theory has always been, that you can make a
hamburger yourself to save money or you can just go to
McDonald’s and pick one up. The choice is yours.

The bottom line is that if you begin employing gang hooks into
your live bait fishing, you’ll simply catch more fish. The
natural presentation that gang hooks provide can’t be beat. The
days of the “worm ball” and threading a worm onto a hook are
gone the moment you begin using gang hooks. With gang hooks, you
simply hook the head on the worm into the top hook, the hook the
second hook into the worms’ body. Now your worm is rigged and
looks exactly like it would if there were no hooks at all. It’s
a beautiful thing. Give gang hooks a shot, I promise that you
won’t be disappointed.

About the author:
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid
angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all
types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience.
He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of
trout fishing country…..Montana!

Catching More Fish!


Fly Fishing is not just for the people who watched “A River Runs Through It” too many times while they were growing up. Nor is it just for people who live near rivers and like to wear boots that go all the way up their thighs. Fly fishing is a sport that is constantly growing in popularity for, well everyone! Of course, there is more to fly fishing than the neat fly fishing gear. The sport involves a lot of skill.

Of course, having the right fly fishing gear isn’t a bad way to start out.

If you are new to fly fishing, getting all of the right fly fishing gear together can be something of an expensive endeavor. It can also be confusing because there is a wide variety of a product available within each of the major fly fishing gear categories. Here is the basic run down on what you will need. You will need a fly rod, a fly reel, fly lines, fishing waders, fishing vests, wading boots and a fly tying kit. You might also need some kind of floatation device like a pontoon boat, float tube or inflatable kayak (or raft).

The fly rod is one of the most important pieces of fly fishing gear. A fly rod is needed for casting, line control and for striking and landing fish.

The fly reel is for holding the fly line. It is important that you don’t simply settle for the cheapest fly reel you find. The fly reel is what you will use to get the fly line out into the water in a non-tangled and smooth fashion.

The fly lines are vital to the success of your fly fishing trip. There is a wide variety of fly line available on the current fly fishing market. Before buying your fly line, make sure you do some reading. You will need to know what kind of measurement and weight, what kind of taper, how dense and what color of fly line you want. It is important that you match the fly line to the fly reel.

Fishing waders and boots are crucial for people who go fly fishing in cold water, cold weather or who want to be able to wade out into the lake or river in which they are fishing. The fishing waders are what keep the fly fisherperson warm and dry. Of course, if you are only going to be going fly fishing in warm water and weather, you might find that you don’t need fishing waders. You will probably still like having the fishing boots though.

Fishing Vests are more than a clothing item; they also act as a sort of storage box for fly fisherpeople. It is the fishing vest that stores the lines, flies, leaders and dressings.

Fly tying kits are essential for people who are just learning to fly fish. The fly tying kit will help the novice fly fisherperson learn to tie the flies in beginning patterns.

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Living in a farming community in central Ontario I could have gone my entire life without experiencing the joy of fly fishing. I am James ‘Fly Fishing’ Mann and spent a lot of time fishing as a kid but I didn’t even have a fishing rod, just a metal pole from an electric fence and some line with hooks, but I had fun and caught lots of Catfish.

Fortunately I have a fly fishing fanatic for a brother in-law, so when I visited New Brunswick at age 21 he taught me to fly fish for Salmon and Trout. 20 years without this and he taught me in just 10 minutes.

Even though I was able to cast a fly-line in just a few short minutes I continually learn new things, even 30 years later and I never leave home in the summer with having my fly fishing gear in the car with me, just in case I see water.

It’s no secret that I spend a lot on my fly fishing hobby but I have an edge over a lot of other fly fishers. I use eBay to find most of what I want at a fair price. Don’t tell my buddies though I can get them to buy stuff from me at a little marked up price. Okay I was only kidding there Roland.

Joe, my brother-in-law, took me on my first Salmon fishing trip, fly fishing only. It was also the first time I had used my new fly rod in front of other people. I was a bit intimidated but soon learned that most are more than happy to teach others the art of fly fishing from their perspective.

I have to say, yes it’s a pun, but I was hooked immediately.

Now I am the fly fishing fanatic and for years have taken friends fishing and shared what I have learned about it. I have a few new fly fishing buddies now so I really never have to go fishing alone. In my mind fishing is something to share with friends.

Take a friend fishing and practice catch and release unless you need food. You can always take pictures and measurements to have an replica created and then someone else will have the joy of fly fishing when they catch the one you let go.

James Mann, that’s me, well I can be a bit of a fly fishing fanatic and it can be tough to get me to go home but that’s because the joy of fly fishing gets in your blood. I like to share what I learn and experience when I am on or off the water.

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Fly Fishing Gear

Fly Fishing Gear

Fly fishing is an interesting and varied sport with a seemingly endless array of gadgets and gear. The number of options can be confusing to someone new to the sport. What are the most important pieces of gear for fly fishing? The top 10 pieces of fly fishing gear include a fly fishing rod, reel, line, leader, flies, waders, net, vest, clippers and sunglasses.

The fly fishing rod is the first piece of must-have gear for fly fishing. Fly fishing rods are different from traditional fishing rods and are uniquely designed to allow casting of the fly line and fly. Most rods today are constructed from some type of graphite compound; however, some rods are still made from fiberglass or bamboo. Fly rods are categorized based on the weight of the line they are designed to be used with.

Fly fishing reels are actually less important than rods. Unlike traditional fishing, with fly fishing you do not reel the fish in. Fly fishing techniques involve stripping line with the free hand. Many fly fishing reels are actually quite primitive designs and therefore not all that expensive. Anglers frequently “palm” the reel to create drag rather than relying on internal drag mechanisms in the reel.

Fly fishing line is specially designed for this style of fishing. The line is considerably heavier than traditional fishing line and is frequently tapered and designed to float. Some line is designed to sink, however. Many anglers attach a backer line between the fly fishing line and the reel to increase the available line.

The leader is a clear, monofilament line that attaches to the end of the fly fishing line. The fly is tied onto the end of the leader. The leader is tapered down to a very narrow diameter at the forward end. The leader looks a lot like traditional fishing line.

Flies are available in a wide assortment of styles and designs. Dry flies are designed to float on top of the water, wet flies and nymphs are designed to be submerged, and other flies are designed to be partially submerged. Flies may also be categorized as imitative or attractive. Imitative flies are designed to imitate or look like a particular insect. Attractive flies are designed to attract the fist without looking like any particular natural food source.

Waders may be optional if you are fishing in warm water. However, many anglers fly fish in cold water streams and find waders absolutely essential. Popular fly fishing wader styles today include neoprene waders and waders with a waterproof lining. Neoprene waders work well in cold water and serve to keep the angler warm. Waders with a waterproof lining are breathable and convenient when hiking alongside a stream.

A net is another essential piece of fly fishing equipment. Since fly fishing is usually done while standing in the water it can be very difficult to land a fish without a good net. Nets frequently have a hook attached so that the net can be hooked onto the anglers waders or vest. A net is also particularly important if the angler is practicing catch and release fishing.

Since fly fishing is usually done in the water a fly fishing vest is a near-essential piece of equipment. Vests allow you to keep essential tools and gear neat and handy for when you need it.

Clippers are very useful for clipping line when changing flies. You will rarely see a fly fisherman without clippers in their vest or pocket.

Sunglasses are one piece of personal gear you will not want to forget. Sunglasses keep the sun out of your eyes as well as protecting your eyes from stray fishing hooks. Good quality, polarized sunglasses will also help you see much better while out on the stream. Many anglers would also add a hat and sunscreen to the list of essential personal gear.

There are many more pieces of gear and gadgets that are available for the fly fisherman. These ten items are perhaps the most essential for a fun and successful outing though.

Fly Fishing Outfit

If you have decided to start fly fishing, one of the most difficult steps is the selection of your first balanced fly fishing outfit. To be a successful fly fisherman it is essential that each piece of your outfit works together in a comfortable and efficient way. When all the pieces work together, an outfit t is said to be balanced. The five essential pieces that make up an outfit include the line, rod, reel, leader, and fly.

Many people that are beginning fly fishing chose their line first. This is because it is necessary to choose the line weight. There are dozens of different types of lines for fly fishing. Picking the correct one is very important One of the main things to remember is that it is critical that the line weight designation in the code matches the one on the rod that is used. The most common type of line used by beginning fly fishermen is the double tapered line.

There are many types of lines including weight forward, shooting taper, level line and tapered line. The function of the line chosen for your first balanced outfit should be floating. About 95% of the time a floating line will fit your need when fly fishing. The weight of your first line will depend mostly on where you are going to fish.

When choosing you first fly fishing rod there are three main things to consider. These are the material the rod is made from, its length and its action. Fly fishing rods can be made from fiberglass, bamboo, graphite, or baron. Fiberglass is the least expensive material used to make a rod. However, it is losing some of its popularity because of its weight and required diameter. Bamboo, or cane, fly fishing rods are hand crafted works of art. Because of this they are very expensive. They also require a lot more care then a rod made from a synthetic material. The most popular fly fishing rod today is made of graphite. They are very light weight, durable, and are designed to provide the fisherman with any type of needed action. Rods made from baron are the most expensive of all the synthetic rods.

The reel that you choose for you first balanced fly fishing outfit will be one of three types: single action, multiplier, and automatic. A single action fly reel is a basic reel and should be the one chosen for your first balanced outfit. Multiplier and double action reels have their uses but neither should be the first one used for fly fishing.

In fly fishing, a fly leader is the little piece of monofilament line that is used to attach the end of the fly line to the to the fly. It is important to choose the correct leader to make sure that the power that is generated during the cast is transferred from the end of the fly line to the fly. There are many considerations when choosing the proper leader. These choices include whether the lead should be tapered or straight, knotted or knotless, how much it should weight, and the size of the tippet.

Choosing a fly for your first balanced fly fishing outfit will depend on many factors including where you are going to fish, the type of fish you are after, and your own personal preference.

Once you have chosen the five items that make up your balanced outfit for fly fishing you are ready to go out and cast your line and catch those fish.

Fly Fishing Specialized Clothing

Compared to outdoor clothing for camping or hunting, clothing designed for fly fishing is somewhat specialized. Fly fishermen spend time partly on land and partly in the water, making their clothing needs somewhat unique. The special items needed for fly-fishing includes waders, a fishing vest, rain gear, underwear, polarized sunglasses, gloves, and a hat.

For fly fishing, hip or chest waders are just about essential. Hip waders are good for fishing in small streams but have there limitations. Chest waders that go up above the waist are the best for almost all fly fishing situations. Chest waders come in two types. Boot-foot waders, in which the boot is an integral part of the wader, and stocking-foot waders, which require a separate pair of wading shoes. Many fly fishermen prefer to wear socking-foot chest wader made of neoprene.

A fly fishing vest with a lot of big pockets is a basic clothing need for the fly fisherman. The pockets are needed to hold all of the fly fishing paraphernalia that an angler needs to have with them. No one wants to have to leave the water every time they need something. A vest with Velcro fasteners is best because it provides quick and easy access to all your tools, but closes securely.

A good quality rain suit is very important. The best ones are made of materials that breathe, so that you do not get wet on the inside from perspiration. Make sure that the jacket closes securely at the wrists and around the neck. Having a hood on the rain jacket is also important.

When fly fishing, full length underwear under your waders is a necessity. The underwear will stop heat loss from occurring, if for example, you are standing in a cold stream for several hours. The best choice of underwear is made of wool. Other good choices are Durofold, which is a combination of cotton and wool, and polypropylene. The same guidelines also go for socks.

Although it is not an actual piece of clothing, a good pair of polarized sunglasses are very important for fly fishing. Not only will they cut down on the glare from the sun, but they will also make it easier to read the water. Wearing gloves for fly fishing presents a contradictory problem. Gloves keep the fingers and hands warm, however, while fly fishing it is necessary to have full, or almost full, sensitivity in your fingers. Fly fishing gloves leave the last joint of the fingers free allowing for the sensitivity that is needed.

To a fly fisherman, his hat is very important. It should be wide brimmed so it protects your face, ears, and the back of your neck. It protects not only from the weather, but also from hooks if a poor cast or a gust of wind carries the fly toward your head.

Wearing the correct clothing will not only keep you safer and drier, but it will add to your enjoyment of the sport of fly fishing.