There is no type of fishing that I personally enjoy more than river fishing. In this article I’m going to outline the basics of river fishing so that a beginner can understand the basics of what river fishing consists of. For the purposes of this article the term ‘river fishing’ means fishing a river by wading and/or fishing out of a small boat. The type of ‘river fishing’ that I’m referring to could actually be called stream fishing as well.
Fishing streams and small rivers when wading in the water is involved is an incredibly enjoyable and productive form of fishing. Many anglers automatically assume that this form of fishing is done mainly by fly fishermen (and it is), but fishing a river or stream while wading can also be accomplished by spin fishermen.
That’s what I’m going to focus on in this article, A Beginners Guide To River Fishing. River fishing while using spinning gear, rather than fly fishing gear. My fishing mentor, who taught me these river fishing tips and techniques, believed that fly fishermen (or flea flickers, as he called them) were thought of as the only anglers who caught fish while wading, and he didn’t like this at all. He believed, as I do to this day, that serious river fishing should include spin fishermen, and not just fly fishermen.
The first thing the beginner needs to be an effective river fisherman is decent gear. My mentor, believed in ultra light gear for river fishing in smaller rivers and streams, which is something that I practice to this day. I personally don’t use any fishing line that’s heavier than six-pound test for river fishing. I prefer four pound test, and six is as heavy as I would suggest. As I fish throughout the country, I’m amazed at some of the size line that I see discarded along our rivers and streams. I swear some people are fishing for sharks in waters that contain fish such as trout, smallmouth bass, and walleye.
The next thing an effective river fisherman needs to be is efficient. This means having equipment within easy reach at all times. This is where things such as bait bags and retractors come into play. A bait bag is the most effective way to carry live bait (such as worms) while river fishing, and retractors keep you much used fishing gear within easy reach at all times. These items will make anyone a much more efficient and effective angler when wading in their favorite river or stream.
Another effective piece of equipment to use while river fishing are gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, thus enabling live bait (especially live worms) to be presented in a totally natural manner. Gang Hooks are an effective tool for any river fisherman. A live worm presented on a set of gang hooks, then allowed to flow naturally with the current of a river or stream is an incredibly effective river fishing technique.
These simple tips will help anyone become a better angler when fishing the flowing waters of their local river or stream. River fishing, to me, is the most enjoyable type of fishing. There’s just something about standing in the flowing waters that appeals to me. If you read this article, I have to assume you feel the same.