Hot Fishing How-Tos

How To: Identify types of fly fishing flies

There are two types of fly fishing flies, and they are distinguished as surface and sub-surface flies with the surface ones being called dry flies. This tutorial will teach you how to tell the difference, and what this means. Make sure you know what's what and make sure you catch the biggest fish in the pond.

How To: Rig a grub in fishing

There are tricks to hooking plastic baits. A fisherman will show you how easy it is to hook a grub bait in this video tutorial. Take action: push hook into nose, noting where hook should come out of bait, and push nose up over hook barbs to secure. Ron, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is a professional bass fisher and has qualified for the Bass Master Classic and has won two B.A.S.S. Western Divisionals. He has also recorded multiple top ten finishes on F.L.W. tournament...

How To: Tie a spinner bait on a fishing line

Spinner bait are good for attracting and catching bass when fishing. In order to have the lure and the bait working correctly when using this type of bait, you will have to attach the bait directly to the lure. This can be done using the improved fisherman knot. After threading the line through the bait, you should leave about 6-8 inches of line to tie the knot. Begin by making about 5 twists around the line and then thread the line through the hole created below the twists. After threading t...

How To: String a roller-guided fishing pole

Learn from Captain Mark the Shark, an expert in charter fishing, how to string a roller-guided fishing pole. When stringing a roller-guided fishing pole, make sure that the line goes through the middle of both rollers. Discover why spinning rods have more guides than a roller with help from this professional fishing trainer.

How To: Rig a crankbait

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to rig a crankbait. It is so named because it floats on the water and does nothing until the crank is turned. The turning of the crank provides the action to the bait and attracts fish to it. To rig it, there is an attachment point on the diving lip of the crankbait; it can be a small hole for the line to be passed through or a split ring to attach the line. Tie the line to the lip with a clinch knot and you are in business. In case...

How To: Tie fishing jigs

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie fishing jigs. First, go through the eye of the jig with your thread, then make a fisherman's knot making seven to eight turns. Now, go through the loop with the end of the string and pull it tight. Then, cut the end off and make sure you have four to five feet of lead left. You can put a swivel on the end of it, then tie another fisherman's knot. When finished, this will go to your main line on your other rod and you will be ready to go! This is easy to m...

How To: Make your own homemade trout fish bait

Next time you head out on the boat, why not bring along some fresh, homemade bait? If you are searching for trout, you have come to the right tutorial. In it, you will learn exactly how to make bait for trout fishing using some common ingredients that can be found in your kitchen or local supermarket. So, let's mix up some bait and head out on the water - you will be racking up trout in no time!

How To: Set up a basic fishing rod

A great fishing tutorial that shows how to set up a basic rod. This casting rod video is presented by an English fisherman with great respect for his equipment. It is a two section rod, with aligned rings.

How To: Tie a twisted dropper loop fisherman's knot

Know your knots! Learn how to tie a twisted dropper loop knot with this free video tutorial. The twisted dropper loop is great for fishing line and requires about 10 twists to get the right feel. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Rig a swim bait

In the summer and fall, swim baits are very effective in luring in forage fishes that have reached their maximum size. In this video, expert Wayne Gustaveson gives an overview of what swim baits are and how you can use them to catch more fish. Swim baits are plastic figures that imitate small fishes. There are various swim baits to chose from and one thing fishermen look for in the bait are the specific sizes and shapes. Each swim bait also contains a core components that is reusable. This in...

How To: Tie the perfection loop for fly fishing

Learn how to tie the Perfection Loop knot for fly fishing, with this helpful instructional video. 1. To start the perfection loop, hold the standing line in one hand, and with your other hand create a loop about one-and-a-half inches in diameter that crosses behind the standing line. Pinch the two lines with your thumb and index finger to hold them in place.

How To: Throw a cast net

Check out this instructional fishing video with Dave "Nugget" Downie that demonstrates how to throw a cast net. Throwing a cast net may seem complicated, but with a bit of practice you'll be able to throw with ease. Just follow the instructions in this fishing tutorial video to learn the proper techniques for throwing a cast net. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!

How To: Rig a garfish for fishing swimming bait

So, you've mastered the knot tying process for fishing, and you already know how to catch bait, so now what? You need to put that live bait to good use... this animated tutorial from Marinews will show you how to rig a garfish for fishing swimming bait. Catching bait might just be as hard as baiting fish, but it's all in good fun when you kick back with a brewsky in your hands. You can learn by simply watching the bait rigging animation at a moderate speed, or if need be, click on "learn by s...

How To: Add a mono leader to a braid fishing line

This great how-to shows clearly how to tie a length of braided line to a fluorocarbon leader. In the video, the demonstrator uses large rope so that the technique can be clearly seen. This trick has been gaining popularity in the freshwater fishing community lately in part because it helps to reduce twist and snarl, but absorbing some of the pull. Follow this super video yourself and see if the trick works for you. When you're out in your boat and you feel the tug of that big mouth bass, you'...

How To: Make a braid to fluorocarbon knot connection

There's a popular new trick in the fishing community and that's tying a braided line to a fluorocarbon leader line. To do this, you'll need to know the proper knot, and this video will show you how to do it. With this method you will reduce some of the problems of twisting and tangling with using braid right up to your lure. Check it out. The braid helps absorb some of the pull on the line, so see if you can feel it when you go to land the big one!

How To: Tie a sliding Snell fisherman's knot

Know your knots! Learn to tie a sliding Snell fisherman's knot with this free video guide. When tying the sliding snell fishing knot, it's like tying the common snell, but you'll be adding an extra line. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Set up a spin cast pole for trout fishing

Trails demonstrates how to set up a spin cast pole when fishing for trout. In a traditional spin cast pole, look for an ultra light set up of 4. 5 to 5 feet long. Find a pole that has ultra light action with a 4 pound power pro and a 4 pound carbon leader. Don't go overboard with the pound test on the line with the leader material because it will make the trout shy and you will get less strikes. You can even go down to a two pound test on the leader. For trout, use small gold spoons and small...

How To: Fish for bass using the flicker shad bait

Big surprises come in little packages, and that's certainly the case with this flicker shad bait. This flicker shad has been proven to attract bass or any fish that feeds on shad, so if you want to learn more, watch as Wade Bourne of MyOutdoorTV shows you how to fish a flicker shad.

How To: Rig 2 lures to fish at the same time

Fishing is already tough for some, especially those with not much experience. But in this next tutorial, not only can beginner's better their chances of catching soemthing, its a technique that can be done easily by most. The video will show you how to rig 2 lures to fish at the same time. It may sound difficult, and for some it is, but it helps better your chances of coming home with a big one. So good luck, pay attention, and enjoy!

How To: Tie a bowline fishing knot

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a bowline knot. The great thing about a bowline knot is that no matter how much tension is applied, it will always slip back out when you want it to. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Set up a deep sea fishing pole

Want to go deep-sea fishing but lack the necessary know-how when it comes to the sport's specialized equipment? Never you fear, brave pescador(a): this free video guide will teach you everything you need to know to set up a deep-sea fishing pole.

How To: Tie a double overhand loop knot

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a double overhand loop knot. The double overhand loop knot is a very quick yet strong knot. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Tie a Flemish Eye fishing knot for wire

Check out this fishing tutorial video that demonstrates how to tie a Flemish Eye fishing knot for tying wire ends for terminal tackle. Just follow the simple steps as outlined in this instructional fishing video and learn how to tie a Flemish Eye fishing knot. Start reeling in the big fish!

How To: Tie a thumb knot for fishing

The Thumb Knot is mostly used for attaching hooks, swivels and rings to heavy monofilament. At first it can be a bit tricky but when mastered it is a quick knot to tie. Follow along with this outdoor recreation HowTo video to learn to tie the fishing thumb knot. Tie a thumb knot for fishing.

How To: Tie braided line to leader

A recent trend in freshwater fishing is adding a fluorocarbon leader to your braided fishing line. The benefits of this are mainly allowing for some more absorbtion of pull, resulting in less twist and potential tangling. This how-to will show you how to tie this knot yourself, so when you're in the middle of that beautiful pond, and you feel the bite, you'll be able to successfully land that big one with less stress on you or your gear.

How To: Line behind the bail on a spinning outfit

Fishing may seem like an easy hobby, but things can go wrong really quickly if people don't know what they're doing. One things that can happen is the set up of the spinning reel. This needs to be taken care of correctly and not doing so can result in damage to the rod and can ruin your day. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how to line behind the bail on a spinning outfit. It's an easy fix and will make your fishing experience much better. Sit back and enjoy!

How To: Tie a 100% knot for attaching a fishing lure to a line

Fishing is one of the many outdoor activities where tying different types of knots is crucial, and where debates over which knots are superior are common. This video features a former bass guide demonstrating how to tie his favorite fishing knot, a 100% knot. It is very simple to tie and very effective at holding your lure. Practice it, and you should be able to save yourself time and irritation out on the lake.

How To: Use feeders and ledger weights to catch more fish

Ledgers and feeders are important parts of bait preparation, and thus crucial to successful fishing as a whole. This video features a professional fisherman explaining how to use these two tools to bait your pole properly, maximizing your baits performance, your fish catches, and the amount of fun and relaxation that you and your friends can derive from a day spent fishing.

How To: Add tippet to the fly fishing line

Steve Auxley shows how to add tippet to a fly fishing line. He mentions here that you do not add tippet to fishing line, you add it to the leaders. So lets see how you do it. You hold the leader in one hand and about two feet of tippet in another hand. Now you are going to tie a knot between these two. It is called as a “improved surgeons knot”. You just take six inches of the leader and six inches of the tippet and put them together. Then you make a big loop. Next you put the tag end of the ...

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