Fishing Tips

In this section you’ll find all kinds of fishing tips. You’ll find knots and joins, techniques and tactics, tips on rigs, fly tying, fishing conditions and bait. If you have a tip of your own we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line any time! Skip straight to a list of our latest fishing tips >>

The 10 Best Fishing Tips Every Angler Should Know

It’s been said many, many times that 75% of all fish caught, are caught by 25% of anglers. Believe it or not, this is pretty accurate. All of us, at one time or another, have sat for some time without a bite, while watching the person next to us catch fish, after fish, after fish. Why is that? The simple answer is that they know something you don’t. No one knows everything, and nothing works all the time. But something will work all the time. The people catching the fish just figured out what the something at that particular time and place is.

Before you get discouraged, bear in mind that catching fish is not just about luck, no matter what you have heard. And it’s not necessarily hit-and-miss. There are certain tips that will genuinely help you to catch fish, and have a much more enjoyable time on the water as well. The Internet is full of websites that will tell you the ‘Secret Tips To Catch Big Bass’, or the ‘Mysteries of Catching Crappie’, and so on…. Well, I have news for all of them….these are not really secrets! You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to catch fish. Cavemen (and I am guessing cavewomen as well) did it. Birds do it. Animals do it. And so can you. Read the top ten tips as compiled by fishermen the world over >>


Techniques and Tactics

They say that 75% of all the fish that get caught are landed by 25% of the fishermen trying to catch them, and I’m sure most of the fishermen among you will believe it. Some people simply seem to catch more fish than others. Whether they have more feel for the conditions, have more experience, or are just plain lucky, there certainly seems to be something that separates the good anglers from the great.

This section is meant to reduce that gap. Whether you’re already one of the greats or striving to become one, there’s always something else to learn. Nobody – at least nobody we’ve ever met – professes to know it all. This section contains a selection of the best fishing techniques, tactics and tips we’ve ever come across, and we’ll keep adding to it in the weeks, months and years to come. Hopefully you’ll find a little nugget somewhere in here that will lead to you catching more fish. Tight lines fellow angler. See our best tips on techniques and tactics >>

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Knots and Joins

Whatever kind of knot you’re looking for – from a knot for tying on a hook, to a knot for attaching one piece of line to another, there’s something here for you. This is ourgrowing selection of the best fishing knots and joins for the different fishing situations you might find yourself in. We’ll be adding to this from time-to-time and, if you know a killer knot that we haven’t covered, please send us your version (ideally with some pictures) and we’ll be sure to add it to the list! Cheers! See our knots and joins tips >>

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Baits and Baiting

However you think about bait, there’s no denying that, without it, there would be no fishing as we know it. Unless you’re into foul hooking, netting, tickling or snagging fish, which I suspect most of you are not, then you’ll be used to using one type of bait or another. There are all kinds of fishing baits: you’ve got natural baits, like worms or maggots; you’ve got artifical lures, like plugs, spinners and jerk baits; you’ve got flies of all shapes and sizes, as used by fly fishermen; there are sweet smelling homemade baits, like the flavoured particles and ‘boilies’ used by carp fishermen; or there are the baits that, when nobody is watching, you might catch an angler taking a bite of himself, such as corn, nuts, luncheon meat and bread (this is making me hungry). Whatever your preferred fishing style, there’s a fishing bait that’s right for you, and this section lists the best fishing tips we’ve got around bait and baiting. Read more >>

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When an angler talks about his rig, he’s almost certainly referring to the last two or three feet of line at the end with the hook on it. There are all sorts of different fishing rigs, designed to cope with different styles of fishing, different conditions, different baits and different presentations. You’ll find trolling rigs, sea fishing rigs, rigs for fishing baits near the bottom, rigs for fishing baits on the bottom. Rigs for fast water, rigs for stillwater… the list is long. This section, when it’s completed, will provide a simple, step-by-step guide through the different types of rig – from the simplest to the most complex. We hope it will help all anglers to learn what’s the best type of rig for any given situation. More to follow!

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Fishing Conditions

Have you ever been troubled by thoughts like: what are the best fishing conditions? What’s the best time of day for fishing? In what weather do fish bite the most? What atmospheric conditions make fish eat? …or similar? If so, this section is for you. We’ll be adding our thoughts and those of your fellow anglers, who have different theories on these topics – based on real-world experience and personal catches.

If you’ve got a specific experience of your own – we’d love to hear from you. For example, has anyone else had a day like we had a few years ago… We’d been fishing all day, but had caught nothing. All of a sudden, almost from nowhere, we were hit by a huge storm – with thunder and lightning seemingly all around. Just as quickly as it came, it left, at which point the fish went absolutely crazy and we caught a bucketload in the space of less than an hour!! Let us know your story and we’ll add it to this section. Visit our Fishing Conditions section >>

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Fly Tying

As most anglers will already know, fly tying is the process of producing an artificial fly, using a bare hook, various materials and feathers, all of which are tied together by a thread. OK, so that much is fairly obvious. But the purpose of this section is not to explain what fly tying is, but to provide some tips on how and why to produce certain types of fly. For example:

  • What are the most productive flies for any given species?
  • What are the easiest flies to tie?
  • What are the five most essential flies any angler needs to have in her fly box?
  • And so on…

Although, according to Wikipedia, the professional “fly tyer may produce upwards of 36 thousand flies annually”, the likelihood is that most fishermen are unlikely to tie more than five or six different patterns each season. If that’s true, it’s important that those five or six patterns are a) tied properly, and b) going to catch fish. We hope that this section might ensure they will! Read more >>