Essential Fishing Accessories for the Serious Fisherman

Written by Weekend Angler on January 2nd, 2009

When you’re just starting to build your collection of fishing gear, it can be hard to decide what to get first. All that fancy gear you find in your local sport’s store or online may look good, but not all of it will really make much difference in your catch. Whether you’re on a limited budget or not, though, there are a few items you’ll definitely want to have.

Fishing knives
A quality fishing knife is indispensable when you’re out on the water or at the lake. You’ll need it not only for cleaning your catch, but for working with bait, too. Look for a knife with a stainless steel blade, a rubber handle to give you a good grip when your hands are wet, and full-tang construction for comfortable balance. You’ll also want a knife that’s easy to open with one hand.

Fishing waders
Simms L2 Wader - Breathable - Goretex - LargeUnless you enjoy slipping around on the rocks in your hiking boots or sneakers, you’ll want to invest in some good fishing waders. Ranging in height from ankle to hip, waders provide excellent traction while keeping your feet warm and dry. Nylon fishing waders will work for most situations, but if you’ll be walking in very cold water, thick neoprene waders may be a better option. Feet get too hot in most waders? Look into a pair of Goretex breathable fishing waders to keep your feet cooler.

Fishing rod belts and harnesses
Are you an angler tired of your arms feeling like lead after a day’s fishing? For a more comfortable way to work, one of the best fishing accessories to try is a fishing rod belt or harness. A fishing rod belt hangs around your waist and distributes the weight of the rod across your hips and thighs where it’s easier to support. When you’re expecting to land a bigger catch, opt for a fishing rod harness, which will place the weight over your hips and back to make pulling easier.

The right fishing accessories can not only help you land more fish, but also make your time out on the water more enjoyable. Even if you’re not quite ready for the high-end gear just yet, make sure you at least pick up some of the essentials like a good fishing knife and some quality waders.

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