Prepare For The Fishing

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Its amazing what four or five days of sunny warm weather can do to an outdoorsman who is anxious to break out the fishing gear.

This past week I did exactly that, y going to that corner of the garage which hasn't had much traffic for about four months.

I started pulling rods and reels off the rack and realized there were more than I expected.It brought to mind a quote by the famous Western writer Zane Grey who spent quality time in the Rim Country fishing and hunting.

He remarked, "If you can count your rods, you don't have enough!"Well, ith he final tally and all the rods laid out in the garage, I counted many more than I expected.

Prior to each fishing season, it is important to be prepared for that first spring trip which is only a few weeks away.

There arewo simple tips that you can do right now to make that first trip even more enjoyable and productive on the water.

All that old line that has been tightly spooled on your reel should be removed and replaced with new line.

The lighter trout and crappie rigs should have four- to eight-poundonofilament or fluorocarbon line.I prefer six-pound test Berkley Trilene unless the water is extremely clear and then Iill use four-pound test and on some occasionsven lighter.

ass fishing requires a little heavier line which will vary from 10- to 17-pound test, depending on the baits thrown and the area fished.

With all the additional brush and debris in Roosevelt Lake this spring, a number of tournament fishermen will go with a heavy braided line to fish their jig or soft plastic presentation.

Clifford Pirch, FLW tour pro and member of the National Guard Fishing Teamesponded,50- to 65-pound test Spiderwire with a 20-pound leader of Trilene 100 percent Fluorocarbonill pull those bass out of those tough to fish places."

The second tip is to check the rod guides and the rod tip for any broken ceramic inserts or cracked or bent metal.These flaws will limit the distance of a cast or cause abrasions in the line which could cause a breakwhen you hook that lunker bass or trout.

A simple test you can do at home is to take a cotton ball and twist it inside of the guide.If any cotton fibers are left on the rod, there are flaws and theuide should be replaced.Guides and tips can be easily replaced and Rim Country Custom Rods and Repair has a complete selection of all models and styles.

The owner, Jim Goughnour, can be reached at 468-0263 and can help you with all repairs.

f you get cabin fever with the next rain or snow, get out your fishing equipment and evaluate your equipment, respool line,nd make the repairs now for that first trip to the lake or local streams.

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