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Spring Trout Spinning and Fly Tackle Checklist


Late winter is a great time to check over your gear for the approaching spring trout season. Whether you fly fish or use conventional tackle - a simple rundown of the basics will get you off to a great start. Trout tackle essentials include rods, reels, terminal tackle, lures, flies, bait and wading gear.

1. Rods

It’s really important to check your fishing rod’s guides, ferrules and reel seat. Grab each guide and make sure they are secure. Inspect the thread wraps and epoxy for damage. A guide that breaks while you have a fish on can cause the line to break, ending with the loss of a fish. The rod ferrules on multi-piece fishing rods are what give the rod the overall strength, similar to that of a one-piece rod. Again, inspect the epoxy and wraps on these areas for damage. The rod’s reel seat should clamp down on the reel’s foot tightly and should have a solid connection inside to the rod blank.

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Walleye Prep Work


In a normal year I would be panicking that my new boat hasn’t arrived and in a mad rush to get it all rigged, instead I’m fishing over nearly two feet of ice. For those that don’t ice fish or need a little break from the weather, March is a perfect time to make sure you have yourself and gear ready when the weather breaks. For me this is an extremely important process, since many of these tasks can take enough time that you don’t want to undertake them all at once or when the fish are biting.

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