Like anything else you need to know where to go when you learn to fish. Who to ask, what to ask, where to look to get the information you need are all considerations. The process of finding out how to learn to fish comes with serious effort as you move from novice to expert. Whether it’s fly fishing, surf fishing, kayak fishing or any type of fishing, everyone starts at the beginning. Here are some suggestions to help shorten that learning curve and help you start to feel like a pro.
Know someone who is an avid angler? That would be your first port of call and a way to start to learn to fish in your area.
Don’t know an angler? Then it’s time to make new friends who are happy to guide you through the process of learning to fish.
Start by networking. Ask your existing circle for someone with knowledge and experience in the sport – or if they know of someone. Anglers are usually incredibly helpful and love sharing information. You never know who may be more than willing to take you under their wing.
Don’t feel like you are the only one with this ‘how do I learn to fish’ problem. You really aren’t alone. There are entire websites, like Find a Fishing Buddy, dedicated to “finding” you the right companion to fish with. Perfect for those “learning to fish beginners”!
More creatively, try a classified ad, like this Australian widower did when his best friend and fishing partner passed away. It totally worked. The ad went viral and now Mr Ray Johnstone has a new BFF (Best Fishing Friend).
Facebook groups are a fantastic, interactive way to find others with similar interests. It’s a digital arena where you can ask questions, get advice, and find recommendations on anything related to learning to fish. If you join a group that’s specific to your area, you’re likely to find a group or new fishing buddies.
And your favorite group is the best place to post photos of your great catch (once you land it).
Look out for Facebook groups in your area that discuss the type of fishing you want to learn, the local habitat and species targeted. And check out the level of experience (from beginner to competitive) in your search.
For more info, see our post of Our go-to Facebook groups for all-things fishing. It will help you navigate the online world of FB groups. And help find the one that is best for your fishing learning curve.
Gain first-hand knowledge from the experts themselves by attending seminars and workshops in your area.
Check out the big box pro stores, outdoor or camping stores, or homegrown flyfishing shops in your town. They may host expos or club meets with talks where you’d meet tons of like-minded anglers who will help you learn to fish.
Reading a book doesn’t equal the value of having first-hand expert guidance of someone with real world experience. However, a well-written and illustrated guide should have a place near your tackle box as a valuable resource.
We compiled a list of our favorite fly fishing guide books to help you get started on learning to fish.
Search for and keep a look out for books targetting your experience level that will help you polish your technique.
There are a lot of choices and numerous brands when comes to fishing gear. It can be really hard for a beginner to know the must-haves versus nice-to-haves when it comes to stocking up. Online resources are so useful for getting the rudimentaries identified. But generally, most people start with basic equipment and as they learn to fish better, they upgrade that equipment. It’s like any sport really. It’s not worth spending heaps of money on expensive tools till you have the expertise to properly use that gear. So be conservative with your gear choices at the beginning. And to keep it cheaper you can try and borrow fishing gear for a while.
Sun cream, insect repellent, first aid medical kit and accessories like fingerless fishing gloves are also important in a kit. We “tackle” this one head in our list of must-have fishing accessories that we believe every angler should have on hand as they learn to fish.
Where to find gear is usually the next question. You could hit up your big pro store but shopping online has never been so convenient. Our go-to is obviously Amazon where we avidly read the reviews by customers who have purchased the products that we are interested in for ourselves.
To feed your insatiable appetite for angling, you can also uncover some true gems from these four unusual places to find fishing gear.
At the end of the day, there is a lot of trial and error when you start a new hobby and learning to fish is no exception. Whether you have lots of money or are on a strict budget, you’ll find out what works best for you.
To many fishers, angling is more than a hobby. It’s a lifestyle, a passion. It’s a place to find peace, new friends, explore parts of the country and to challenge yourself. We’re sure that once you dip your toe in the water and actually start learning to fish, you’ll be “hooked”!