Ultra Light Fishing – 3 Keys To Success

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One of the most enjoyable and effective ways to catch freshwater fish is by using ultra light fishing gear. By ‘ultra light gear’ I’m referring specifically to the rod, reel, line, and hooks that are employed while fishing. These four pieces of ‘gear’ are the most important part of ultra light fishing no matter what species of fish you prefer to fish for. Once you try ultra light fishing, it can be difficult to return to regular fishing. The fact of the matter is that ultra light fishing is simply using gear that’s matched to the type of fish that you’re attempting to catch and makes fishing much more enjoyable.

What Is Ultra Light Fishing Rod For?

For example, did you realize that six pound test monofilament fishing line can withstand six pounds of pressure at it’s weakest point? Six pounds of weight is quite a lot of weight, and this doesn’t take into account the drag and bend in the rod, which also help to take pressure off of the fishing line. The point is that six pond test really isn’t that “light”.

What Are Light Fishing Rods Good For?

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Here’s a real world example for you. I’ve personally hooked and landed a eight pound walleye in a lake while using four pond test monofilament fishing line. I’ve also hooked and landed a five pound rainbow trout in a small river using the same setup. Ultra light fishing makes anyone a much better angler, and puts an emphasis on “playing” your catch, which to me is what fishing is all about. In any case, let’s get down to the 3 keys to ultra light fishing success, shall we?

  1. Your Line – Always pay attention to, and change your fishing line. When using light line it’s important to make sure that the line is always “fresh”. When the line becomes used and frayed, it’s much more likely to break. My general rule of thumb during the fishing season is to change my line once a month, IU would suggest that you do the same.
  2. Your Eyes – When ultra light fishing watching your line is very important. Watching your line helps to see bites, as well as nuances in your line that could cause problems. Being able to see the fish before and during the fight is also a key to ultra light fishing success. This is why your having a quality pair of polarized glasses is important to the ultra light angler.
  3. Your Hooks – When ultra light fishing your hooks are very important. This is especially true for those of you who are like me and use live bait. Firstly, you always want your hooks to be as sharp as possible. Next, you want to make sure that you use gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, thus enabling you to present live bait in a completely natural manner. Whenever you’re ultra light fishing with live bait, make sure you have pre-tied gang hooks available and ready to use.

These 3 keys to success will help you become a much more successful ultra light angler. If you’re new to ultra light fishing, just wait until you hook and land your first 3 pound rainbow trout or smallmouth bass on ultra light gear. It’s as much fun as can be had with your clothes on and you will then be an ultra light fisherperson forever, I promise you.

Ultra Light Fishing Rod

Sergey Kugler is co-founder of https://www.fish-en.com and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana!

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