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KnotsLuresRods And Reels

Blood Knot

(for joining two sections of line)

  1. Line up the ends of each line together for several inches, then wrap the first line around the second at least five times.
  2. Wrap the second around the first at least five times, and bring both loose ends back to the middle between the two lines.
  3. Pull tight on each line until the knot is snug.

Improved Clinch Knot

(for tying line to a hook)

  1. Thread the line through the eye of the hook, then make 5 to 7 wraps around the line with the loose end.
  2. Thread the loose end of the line through the loop closest to the eye, then back around inside the loose section of line.
  3. Pull both ends of the line until tight.
  4. Trim the loose end of the line if necessary.


Palomar Knot

(for tying line to a hook)

  1. Double your line to make a loop, then push the loop through the eye of your hook.
  2. Tie a loose overhand knot.
  3. Pass the loop around the end of the hook and pull on the line to tighten.


Crankbaits are one of the most commonly used bass lures. Crankbaits are either lipless or they have a lip (or referred to as a bill). The diving depth of the lip crankbait can be roughly determined by the size of the bill; the bigger and longer, the deeper it will dive. There are two big treble hooks hanging from the bottom of both type of crankbait. The basic method of fishing crankbait is quite simple; cast it out far and crank it back in, there are a few tricks we can learn from the pros to use crankbait more effectively.





Are nearly weightless objects that often represent the local insect life and works best when you match them to what the fish are feeding on. Flies usually fall into one of the following categories: nymphs, streamers, poppers, wet flies and dry flies. Nymphs and wets are sinking flies and represent either dead insects or water larva. Streamers also sink and represent bait fish. Poppers and Dry flies both stay on the surface of streams, ponds and lakes.


 Fishing Friendzy - Jigs


Jigs are a weighted hook. Most are lead weights with a hook and have different shapes to represent different food and behavior patterns. Some have plastic bodies and tails, some are made with hair, which represent fishtail. Color may be the biggest factor for success.



Fishing Friendzy - Worms

Live Bait

Grubs and mealworms are often used as live fishing bait and are readily available from tackle and bait shops. Use them singly or in multiples.

Soft Plastic LureSoft Plastics

Soft-plastic worms, minnows, creatures and crayfish are available in many sizes and colors. You can use them with or without a weight. Sometimes, plastic fishing baits are used with a jig head, spinner or spinner bait. Some plastics have a scent built into them that is attractive to fish. They are known as the bass getters. They are probably the favorite of pros and amateurs alike. They have life like action in the water and are life like to the bass’ sense of touch. They come in lengths from 2 ½” to more than 11”.



Fishing Friendzy - Spinner Bait

Spinners & Spinner Bait

Spinners and spinnerbaits have a smooth, flowing action that mimics a swimming baitfish. The blades vibrate and flash, attracting the attention of fish. You can use spinnerbaits in most situations, but they are especially suited to fishing shallow cover. Spinnerbaits are often referred to as “the most versatile” lure because they can be fished in nearly any condition, year ’round.





Spoon lureSpoons

Are curved metal lures designed to mimic the action of a swimming baitfish or minnow? They are one of the most popular because they are easy to use and are versatile. Different spoons have different actions. There are casting, weed less (or top water), jigging or trolling. There are a variety of colors depending on the type of water and species you are fishing.

Top Water

Fishing Friendzy - Top WaterThese lures are made to imitate things like mice, lizards, frogs and larger crawling insects and smaller injured fish. They usually have a solid body made out of wood or plastic, carry one or two treble hooks and have an eyelet at the front to attach your fishing line. Catching a fish with a surface lure can be a real rush. Sizeable fish can create quite an explosion when they hit the bait. These work best in the early

Bait Casting Reel

The bait casting reel is mounted above the rod. Many have anti-reverse handles and drags designed to slow runs by large and powerful game fish. Bait casting designs normally require heavier lures (>1/4 oz.) for proper operation. The bait casting reel dates from at least the mid-17th century, but came into wide use by amateur anglers during the 1870s. The gear ratio in bait casting reels was initially about 3/1, but now goes up to 7:3/1, higher gear ratios allow much faster retrieval of line. Using a bait casting reel requires practice, and a certain amount of finesse on the part of the fisherman for best results.

Bait Casting Rod

Bait Casting ReelBait-casting are designed to hold fishing reels that are mounted above the handle. So the line-guide eyes are on the top and the casting trigger is on the bottom. The rods are made from graphite or fiberglass with a cork or PVC foam handle and tend to be between 5 and 8.5 feet (1.5 to 2.6 m) in length. They have anywhere from five to eight guide eyes to help control the line. The eyes decrease in size from the handle to the tip, with the one nearest the handle usually much larger than the rest to allow less friction as the coiled line comes off the reel.

Fly fishing rod and reelFly Reel

A fly reel is normally operated by stripping line off the reel with one hand, while casting the rod with the other hand. Little has changed from the design patented by Charles F. Orvis in 1874. Modern fly reels typically have more sophisticated drag systems that feature increased adjustment range, consistency, and resistance to high temperatures from drag friction.

Fly Rod

Fly rods are thin flexible fishing rods designed to cast an artificial fly, usually consisting of a hook tied with fur, feathers, foam or other lightweight material. Originally made of yew, green hart, and later split bamboo, most modern fly rods are constructed from man made composite materials including fiberglass, carbon/ graphite or graphite/boron composites. A fly rod uses the weight of the fly line for casting, and lightweight rods are capable for casting the very smallest and lightest fly. Typically a monofilament segment called a “leader” is tied to the fly line on one end and the fly on the other. Fly rods tend to have a single, largediameter line guide (called a stripping guide), with a number of smaller looped guides (aka snake guides) spaced along the rod to help control the movement of the relatively thick fly line. To prevent interference with casting movements, most fly rods usually have little or no butt section (handle) extending below the fishing reel.

Spin Cast Reel

(Push Button)
Push Button ReelTraditionally mounted above the rod, the spin cast reel is also fitted with an external nose cone that encloses and protects the fixed spool. The spin cast reel is an attempt to solve the problem of backlash found in bait cast designs, while reducing line twist encountered with spinning reel designs. The spin cast reel eliminates the large wire bail and line roller of the spinning reel in favor of one or two simple pickup pins and a metal cup to wind the line on the spool. The first commercial spin cast reels were introduced by the Denison-Johnson Reel Company and the Zero Hour Bomb Company (ZEBCO) in 1949. They remain a favorite fishing tool for beginners.

Spinning Reel

Spinning ReelSpinning reels are mounted below the rod and they have solved the problem of backlash that occurs with a bait casting reel. Spinning reels tend to have more issues with twisting of the fishing line. They were originally developed to allow the use of artificial flies, or other lures for trout or salmon, that were too light in weight to be easily cast by bait casting reels.

Spinning Rod

A spinning rod is a style of fishing rod made from graphite or fiberglass with a cork or PVC foam handle. They tend to be between 5 and 8.5 feet (1.5 to 2.6 m) in length. Typically, spinning rods have anywhere from five to eight large diameter guides arranged along the underside of the rod to help control the line. The size of the guides (also known as eyes) decrease in size from the handle to the tip, with the one nearest the handle usually much larger than the rest to allow less friction as the coiled line comes off the reel. The spinning reel hangs beneath the rod rather than sitting on top, and is held in place with a sliding or locking reel seat.