There are countless reasons why people go fishing. It’s a really common hobby and pastime for a reason! Not only is it a great way to spend your free time, as it helps you to develop valuable skill sets like patience, awareness, and dexterity, but a lot of people find it extremely relaxing. What’s nicer than spending a day outdoors in nature? Now, a lot of people are relatively intimidated when it comes to getting started with fishing. But it’s worth pointing out that there are only a few things you need to invest in to get started. Here are some that you might want to try out.

Niche Equipment

Of course, if you’re going to fish, you may find that you need more niche equipment depending on the type of fishing you’re doing. For example, if you’re planning on ice fishing, you may need an ice fishing camera, while if you’re fly fishing, you may be better off spending your money on flies. You may also may to consider backpacking fishing pole. Before getting started, choose a type of fishing and see what niche equipment you may need.

A rod

The most necessary piece of equipment you need for fishing of any kind is likely to be a rod. Without a rod, how are you going to catch any fish? Now, there are a number of different types of rod out there and the right one for you is likely to depend on the type of fishing you’re doing, where you’re planning on fishing, your own size, your own weight, your own strength and the size and weight of the fish you’re intending to catch. As you can see, there are a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration when it comes to choosing your fishing rod.

A good guide to start out with is that If you’re going to be fishing in small rivers, streams, or brooks, then a 7 – 8.5-foot rod between a number 2 and number 5 weight is likely to be ideal for you. If you’re actually planning on fishing in large rivers then a 9 – 10-foot rod between a number 4 and number 6 weight is likely to be a little better for you.

If in doubt, it’s always worth doing a little extra research or even asking in a fishing specialist store. There are always people in the community who are willing to help. Remember that if you’re serious about fishing, it’s worth spending a little more for something that is good quality and can be used regularly for a long time.

A reel

Another essential is a real. Now a good quality reel shouldn’t be all too expensive. However, you do need to wait until you’ve chosen a rod before choosing a reel. The type of reel you buy will be dependent on your rod, for example, a 5 weight rod will need a 5 weight reel. A lightweight and durable spool and frame is desirable.

These, of course, are just a few pieces of equipment you may need to invest in when getting started out. You can build up your collection over time with more specialist bits and pieces!