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Intro to Beginner Fishing Series

Blog by: Matt Snider , Colorado 6/22/2020
Part of Series: Fishing for Beginners
As the summer rolls on and the social conditions we’ve been stuck with over the past 4+ months have loosened, more folks are getting out.  You can tell when you head out on a weekday to your favorite fishing hole and what used to be fairly quiet is now bustling with swimmers, sunbathers, SUPers, hikers, and a crazy amount of everything else.  Despite the crowds, I hope you’ve been able to get out fishing, even if it is just close to home and maybe not those picturesque spring scenes you find in magazines.  The fish don’t care – they grow big in shallow urban ponds too.

A lot of people are heeding the call to get outdoors after being tied down for so long, and a lot of people have looser schedules to do such.  Based on an unofficial survey of friends and acquaintances, a large number of people are getting out fishing for the first time ever or first time in a long time. They’re dusting off rods, exploring new places and taking kids out to catch some fish.

So I thought it’d be good to put a little time into writing some blogs focused for beginners. FishExplorer has a lot of great info for anglers, but it tends to skew towards those who have been geeking out on fishing for a while.  We have many more beginners roaming these pages than they’d care to admit. 

We can all learn something, nobody knows everything, and so I want to focus on a series of short blogs that bring us back to the basics, with the hope that they are helpful to you folks who are just beginning, or maybe taking kids fishing for the first time, or are in need of a brush-up.  These will be short pieces broken down into little things.  We won’t produce a blog about all the best fishing knots but may write a blog about 5 knots you definitely need to know.  We will utilize links to resources and help compile information for you.

As we roll out the series for beginners, let me know if you have any questions you’d like answered or topics you’d like covered.  If you have good writing skills and would like to contribute, also get in touch with me (again these are intended to be short one-pagers often with compiled links pointing to good resources).  If you have something to add to one of these pieces, at the bottom of each blog add your own tips and links to good resources to help flesh out the subject matter.

It is amazing to me how complex fishing can be.  After writing a few pieces on beginning fly fishing topics I found it tough to limit the scope of the piece to just concise essentials and wanted to go on and on forever about the rest of the story.  It is an exercise in honing in the most important things which sometimes go missing as you advance in the sport.  This will be a fun project, I am excited to give it a go.

You can see other blogs in the series in the links at the bottom of the page, or click the "Part of Series" link at top of the blog.
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Blog Comments
Bubba02STi, CO   6/22/2020 9:57:08 PM
*puts on tin foil hat* I was just thinking about this a day or so ago. On other forums I’ve been associated with there have been “sticky threads” and are commonly used for “how to’s”. The ranged from as simple to as complex as needed and created by members for members. Some of these threads are even used just to be an indexed location for other great write ups. So it got me thinking about how great it would be if there was something like that here. I fully support this idea

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Making the most of a small pond Part Two: gravel by B. Prater 06.25.20
Even before bulldozers, settlers along Colorado streams quarried rocks and sand for construction of roads and buildings. Surprisingly, many resulting holes in the ground hold decent populations of fish, and some are open to the public.
Fishing local lakes and ponds by B. Prater 06.23.20
Options for fine fishing do exist in our gravel ponds and irrigation/water storage lakes, but anyone who tells you to just pull up to a given pond and start fishing doesn’t really care whether you catch anything.
Tips on Getting your First Fly Fishing Gear by M. Snider 06.22.20
This is an intro to beginners wanting to get into fly fishing and have no gear. Here is a list of the basic essentials, and some tips on what to look for.
Fishing With Our Kids by L. Tackitt 08.27.19
Two father and son fishing teams, side by side, miles apart in years.
Learning to fish like a kid again by B. Prater 01.06.19
Truth be told, I was a much better fisherman at age 11 than at 30 or 40. Here's how you, too, can recover angling skills too often wasted on the young.