The best fishing supplies are durable, functional and serve multiple purposes. Besides the essential gear like rods, reels, lines, lures or flies, the angler requires several tools while fishing. Proper tools will make the fishing experience much more enjoyable and will decrease the struggle of handling fish, storing and repairing gear. The market is full of accessories labeled as "must have," but fishing requires only a few simple tools.
Proper storage of lures and flies is essential. Hooks out of storage can puncture skin, puncture rafts and become embedded in clothing and personal items. Store hooks in plastic boxes in a tackle box or fishing vest. Plastic storage boxes allow you to organize lures and flies into categories for specific fishing purposes. A fishing vest is ideal for being mobile and walking long distances. The vest keeps your hands free and can carry plenty of gear. Tackle boxes are ideal for fishing in one area or from a boat. Tackle boxes come in a variety of sizes and can store a generous amount of gear.
You can use several tools while fishing, however, multi-tools are easier to carry and harder to lose. A good multi-tool should have line cutters, a blade for cleaning fish and jaws for removing hooks, bending hooks, pinching barbs and crimping split shot. If you choose to buy tools as individual products carry forceps, nippers, pliers and a knife. Other handy tools include a stringer, emergency lighter and life jacket if fishing from a boat.
Miscellaneous accessories are not necessary for fishing but can be helpful in many fishing situations. A net is handy for landing fish. It should have a long handle for boat fishing and a shorter handle for use on shore. Nets with telescoping handles can serve both purposes and are easy to transport with the short handle setting. Saltwater fishermen should carry a gaff on the boat to assist with landing large, toothy fish. The gaff allows you to control large game fish and with minimal risk of injury. A camera is another fishing tool that is not necessary but very helpful. You can photograph fish before releasing and capture valuable memories.
Article Written By Zach Lazzari
Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Colorado-mountain-adventure.com. Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.