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What do fishing regulations mean by "no bait?"

Alaska Department of fish and Game: Statewide Definitions Bait means any substance applied to fishing gear for the purpose of attracting fish by scent, including fish eggs in any form, natural or ...
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Went fishing on the river for full day, caught one fish; normal?

Sounds fairly normal for a not so great day. That's why it's called 'Fishing' and not 'Catching'! Size and color choice for lures has a lot to do with success as well. The traditional wisdom is ...
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What do fishing regulations mean by "no bait?"

Yes it means no bait as in absence of bait. Single as apposed to double, triple, ... hooks Fish will strike at lures / spinners. Especially if they don't have much experience with fisherman. ...
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Fishing Rods: One Piece or Two Piece

I fish for everything from 9" brook trout to 15 lb. bluefish to 40 lb. striped bass on both fly rod and spinning tackle, and honestly I don't think I would say that one is better than the other except ...
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Fishing Rods: One Piece or Two Piece

If you are looking at two piece rods because of their more compact size, you may also want to consider telescoping rods. I've had (3) telescoping rods & all but the Amazon-special-carbon-fiber ...
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What is this fish hook type called?

Spade Hook That is very simply called an eyeless hook or a spade hook. Spade hooks are old school, but there are enough people that still say they're preferable to eyed hooks, in fly fishing at ...
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How to make a fish hook?

You have two basic options: You can carve a hook with or without a barb from wood or bone. Some examples of the finished product are here1: You can splice two pieces of material together for an ...
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Getting started fishing

Go to your local fishing shop. They usually can give you some solid advice. Good fishing gear does not have to be expensive, even for larger fish. Once you get really specialized, you might need an ...
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Went fishing on the river for full day, caught one fish; normal?

Catching fish depends on so many variables that it is hard to pinpoint what went wrong. Depending on weather, time of the day, and season, fish are located at different parts of the water body and at ...
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What type of fishing lure is this?

Unless there is a certain terminology for "backside" plugs, this is a plug (or as I know it: a wobbler. No idea which term is more commonly used around where you live). Wikipedia Link I had to bust ...
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Fish aren't biting, how to get more bites?

It would be good to know if you are certain that there actually ARE fish bigger than the palm of your hand in the area. But let's assume that there are. Whenever I come across suspicious fish that won'...
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Fishing Rods: One Piece or Two Piece

I have a lot of 2 pieces, one 4 piece, and 1 one piece. The one piece is my go to rod because I fish at night often (I live 3 blocks away from the Sacramento River). I'll have a tendency of not paying ...
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Is soda can fishing actually effective?

Sure you can use anything as a bait really. Think of a crushed up can as a funky spinner (it's going to spin no matter what you do to it). It's shiny, flashy and moves erratically like an injured fish....
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Can elk hair be replaced by deer hair when tying a dry fly?

From what I understand, the floatation characteristics should be relatively similar since both types of hair contain "chambers" that keep in air and provide floatation. An important difference is how ...
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Can ocean/saltwater fishing gear be used for freshwater/lake fishing?

It will be fine. There is no issue going from salt to fresh. Usually saltwater gear includes lines and tackles that are supposed to catch bigger fish deeper in the ocean so you should probably try the ...
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Are surface plugs effective for fishing in choppy water?

I'm not sure if you're talking fresh or salt. In salt water I used various plugs (primarily cedar) in some really beefy conditions. 1000+ miles offshore, tradewind belt, 4 meter seas, etc. In those ...
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Is there a good and fast way to dry used flies before storing them?

This type of dry fly floatant powder is quite effective at drying off smaller flies. I believe it's the same silica gel that is used to keep packaged electronics dry. But I typically just press ...
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What are the disadvantages of using a lighter fly line than the indicated for the reel?

I assume you are considering a new reel with multiple spools. The reel's performance will not be affected except that with a lighter line you will be able to fit more backing. In a 5wt setup that ...
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How do I setup a proper jig?

I assume you are asking about striped bass. Although I have never fished for stripers (or rockfish, depending on where you are) on the Pacific side of the USA, this is the species that surf anglers in ...
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Rod and Tackle Combination for Beginner Fisher

Your choice of an ugly stick is fantastic. I fish more specialized rods now, but I have owned many ugly sticks over the years, and they are rock solid performers. For the "small-water" fishing ...
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Where and when do I use these lures [new fisher]

You do need to rephrase the question better, but I can still provide this answer. Pike will go after anything that bass will. Spinners, plugs, jerk baits, Texas rigged worms, etc etc. just about ...
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Can ocean/saltwater fishing gear be used for freshwater/lake fishing?

Should work fine if he is set up for smaller fish. Even a set up for large fish would work but you would need to put a light line on it. Saltwater reel is designed to withstand the corrosive effects ...
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Cleaning top inside of old Plano tackle box

This is likely caused by soft baits eating the plastics. Older plastics weren't made to resist the solvents that make soft baits soft and squishy. Check out: https://www.bassmaster.com/tips/charlie-...
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Which two handed fly casting style should I learn?

To answer your question, "Which two handed fly casting style should I learn?" the answer is all of them. After you've learned every style then you'll know which one suits your needs best in any ...
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Alternatives to Dacron backing on fly reel?

I have done some research since my initial post, experimented with different backing alternatives, and different brands of backing. I tried three alternatives before finding the solution to my problem....
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Will practicing casting on my backyard lawn damage my fly line? If so, how to avoid it?

Fly lines have special coatings that help you cast and manage the line on/in the water. Under ideal conditions you would use an older line for practice on the land because repeated contact with the ...
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Basic setup for trout fishing

Tons of rod and reel packages out there to get you started. I've had plenty of success with the basic Shimano rod/reel combos that are under $50. For bait and lures you have a some choices: ...
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Pike fishing equipment & rigging

I just got back from fishing in Minnesota, where one of the kinds of fish we were catching were pike in the 25" range. I had metal leaders in my tackle box but I didn't use them. I used a standard ...

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