Rob Cryder fishing column: Preparation keeps the excitement alive |

Rob Cryder fishing column: Preparation keeps the excitement alive

There are a few things I like to do this time of year to keep the excitement of fishing running through my mind.

Spring is just around the corner, so I have been checking out the sporting goods stores to find good deals on fishing equipment as they clear out last year’s supplies.

I recently scored on a spin cast Mitchell Garcia reel for $10 that was regularly $25. These reels are great for kids. I also picked up an open-face reel with a line counter on a medium action rod for trolling that I have wanted for some time. It was marked down about 60 percent off the original price.

Score once more!

I know the equipment I use, so it is just a matter of keeping an eye out for these unadvertised sales. You can do this shopping with your kids, and it could be fun for them too. I have found some really good buys at Longs Drugs here in Truckee in years past. I need to restock my tackle box for the coming year, so why not start now and save a little cash at the same time?

During these last couple months of winter, it is a good time to take a close look at your fishing equipment. When was the last time you cleaned and lubed your reels? Checked out the line guides on your rods? It is also a good time to think about replacing your fishing line and cleaning out the old tackle box. My tackle box gets a bit disheveled in the excitement of fishing, so I actually look forward to organizing it this time of year so it is ready to go when I start fishing again.

I really enjoy planning ahead for new fishing experiences for the coming year. I have been spending this down time researching other lakes that are within a day’s trip. Bullards Bar, the Hell Hole, Frenchman Lake and Pyramid Lake are a few I have been looking at closely. Last year my family made a group camping and fishing trip to Collins Lake for the first time.

In addition, I love to eat Bluegill, as this was a fish we targeted as kids. I know that not everyone feels the same way but this fish filleted and fried is unbeatable in my book. So I will be drawn to lakes that also contain them this year.

Believe me, your kids will love catching them, especially when using a bobber. Kids love to cast one out and watch it bob up and down, get pulled out to deeper water or even disappear when they get a strike. There is something special about the visual side of fishing with a bobber that seems to really appeal to kids. So put a couple of those in the tackle box to be used even when fishing locally for trout.

Why not take a few minutes to extend the excitement of fishing during these cold months by talking to your kids now about what they would like to do this coming year?

If you haven’t done so already, you might be surprised what they have to say. You may go a whole different direction in what you personally had planned. When they participate in the process of shopping, getting the equipment in order, planning trips and, ultimately, fishing, it will add even more excitement for the both of you to this wonderful sport of fishing.

” Rob Cryder is a nine-year Truckee resident who hopes to help others, especially children, catch fish through his column.

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