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Getting Started

posted on 30 June 2007 | posted in Hints and Tips

Anyone that wants to begin fishing will need a basic kit:

A good all round fishing rod (around 10 to 12 feet in length)
A robust fixed-spool reel
100-200 metres of line (about 4-5lb breaking strain)
A selection of hooks, sizes 18-12
A few different types of float
A split-shot dispenser
A pair of rod rests
Something comfortable to sit on
A selection of baits
A landing net
A valid NRA (National rivers Authority) or Environment Agency rod licence (very important)
Local tackle shops are a good source of information, and the people that work in them are generally friendly and helpful. Don't be afraid to ask their advice.

Try not to be confused by all of the weird and wonderful gadgets and gear that are usually hanging all over the place in the shop. Stick to the list above and you will catch fish. The one thing that cannot be bought from a shop, is patience. This will be needed in abundance on occasions, but please don't be put off by this.