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BASIC FISHING SKILLS & EQUIPMENT

Follow the links below to get some basic fishing skills and learn more about what equipment you will need to get started. Many of the fact sheets are courtesy of our friends at TakeMeFishing.org [TMF], be sure to visit their site for much more fishing and boating information.

BASICS

Names you need to know -- fishing terminology [TMF]
Fish biology

WHERE, HOW & WHEN TO CATCH FISH

Tips for catching popular sportfishes of Pennsylvania
Ice fishing tackle & techniques

GEAR IN GENERAL

Tackle loaner sites -- need to borrow some gear? Visit one of these sites.
Checklist of equipment, bait and other gear 
Choose Your Bobbers Well
Hooks -- sharpening tips
Shopping for gear

RODS & REELS

Rod building basics
Rods -- getting your rod ready
Reels -- getting your reel ready

KNOTS

Knotes on Knots
Knots -- commonly used knots and how to tie them [TMF]
Knot sense
Casting and knots

How to Tie Knots – Videos from TMF

Arbor Knot
Improved Clinch Knot
Surgeon's Knot
Uni Knot
3-Way Rig

CASTING

Casting and knots

FLY-FISHING

Beginning fly tying
Dry fly tips and tricks
Fishing the baetis emerger
Get in Some Extra Trout Fishing with Summertime Terrestrials
Introduction to picking a pattern
Panfish on the fly
Turning Hunting Success into Fly Tying Material

SPIN-FISHING

The complete spinfishing trout angler's vest

CATCHING FISH

Guidelines for catch and release
Unhooking a fish

BAIT

Basic freshwater baits [TMF]
How to hook bait [TMF]
Soft Plastics for Trout
Supermarket Baits
Definitions & PA laws - PA Fishing Summary Book