A First-Timer's Guide to Buying Fishing Gear

Fishing is fun for all ages. Kids love the thrill of reeling in their first catch… and every subsequent catch. Adults love the meditative qualities of fishing, as it offers a calm oasis after a busy work week. But before you can cast a line, you need to purchase the right fishing gear. Remember that you’ll also likely need to buy a fishing license through your state’s conservation department.


As a beginner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the countless choices available. Go to an outdoor sports gear shop and take advantage of the employees’ expertise. They’ll recommend a good length of rod, given your height. They can also recommend a suitable type of rod, depending on the type of fish you’re after.

Pay attention to the rod action and rod power. The rod action is the degree of flexibility it allows. The less flexibility, the less rod action there will be. As a beginner, you should choose a rod with greater flexibility. The rod power refers to the weight it can handle. The range extends from ultra-light to heavy.


There are many types of fishing reels, including those intended for freshwater or saltwater. Shore reels are appropriate for taking on very large fish from a boat. Casting reels allow for precision casting, which refers to sinking your lure exactly where you want it to go. Beginning anglers would do well with a spinning reel, which is simple to use.


Beginners often make the mistake of choosing a heavier line than they really need. The line you need depends on what type of fish you’re trying to hook. Look for a six- or eight-pound monofilament line if you’re going after panfish, trout, or crappie. Ten-to 12-pound monofilament line works well for larger fish like walleye, catfish, and bass.

Straightline Sports is a family-owned and operated sports gear shop with everything you need for your next outdoors adventure. Stop by their location in Steamboat Springs, CO to chat with the knowledgeable employees about the fishing gear that best suits your needs. If you have questions, you can call their shop at (970) 879-7568.