In this article, we will discuss what to look for in your backpacking fishing gear. Having been a fisherman most my life, I would like to give you some tips when compiling your backpacking fishing gear. As with every component of your backpack, there is always a trade-off between weight/size vs. benefits. Fishing gear is no exception. For me, I am pretty good at hand fishing and no longer carry a conventional rod and reel, which saves substantial weight and volume in my pack. Here are some recommended qualities of solid backpacking fishing gear:
5 Criteria To Follow For Your Backpacking Fishing Gear
- Light weight. Weight is a concern for any serious backpacker. Make sure that that your backpacking fishing gear is lightweight. For me, my fishing kit only weigh a few ounces.
- Compact. Obviously, carrying a large fishing pole and tackle box would not be practical. For my backpacking fishing gear, I am set up for hand fishing only, and don’t carry a conventional rod and reel.
- Waterproof. Make sure your fishing gear is in some kind of water proof container or plastic bag. Once wet, many fishing gear components can quickly start to rust.
- Designed to catch fish. When putting together your gear, keep the end in mind and think about what type of fish you will go after. A fishing kit designed to catch small river trout will look different than one designed for large mouth bass.
- Quality components. Fishing gear is already relatively inexpensive, so it’s not hard on the wallet to purchase quality components. Spend a few extra bucks and get the right stuff.
How To Make Your Own Fishing Kit
For detailed instructions, and video, on how to make and use your own fishing kit, please see our article: How to Build and Use an Emergency Fishing Kit! Thanks for reading this article! We hope you found it helpful and please let us know if you have any questions!
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