"Our Fishing Tips"
"How to setup your steelhead rod for Jig fishing"
Once you have chosen your desired fishing line and have put it on your reel and have attached it to your rod, you can simple follow these step by step instructions in setting up your rod and reel for jig fishing.
1) You will first need a bobber stopper. They come in a variety of colors, so your choices are many. The bobber stopper that we feel are the best to use comes on a little plastic tube with what looks like dental floss rapped around it 6, 7 maybe 8 times. Simply slide your fishing line through the tube, lets say 2 - 3 feet, through the tube itself. Now slowly slide the thread material off the tube and onto the fishing line. You'll see two ends sticking out, one at each end of the rapped thread. Grab hold of each end and slowly pull on them until the wraps get fairly tight on the line. Your first step is now complete.
2) Next take a small bead and run your fishing line through the hole. It's important that the hole be small enough so that the bobber stopper (the rapped thread) won't go through the hole in the bead.
3)Next, have your bobber handy. We like to use West Coast floats because they are very durable, easy to see, and they last forever. You'll find these bobbers available in our "Accessories" section. There is a small plastic tube in the middle of the bobber. It's designed to be durable and yet flexible enough to bend with the bobber, if need be. Run your fishing line down through the center of the bright end of the bobber. So far so good, we're almost done.
4) Now place another small bead onto the line. This bead helps the bobber from getting caught or stuck on the swivel.
5) Now, tie on a good quality swivel. You'll appreciate using a good quality swivel as some of the cheaper ones bend too easy, and at that special moment, when you set the hook on that fish you don't want anything to go wrong here.
6) This next step is optional, but I really feel that with the addition of a in-line weight, you can keep your jig at a more constant level in the water, once your desired depth is found. This is especially effective when the river is a little high or you are fishing heavier water. You simply attach the in-line weight to your swivel.
7) Next, choose your favorite leader material and tie a small loop in the end of it. This loop is where you will be attaching your leader to the clip end of the swivel, or if you're using a in-line weight, attach it to the ring at the end of the weight.
8) This next step is optional to you, but again I highly recommend you at least try this method first before you choose a different one. You'll see why shortly. Take a small clip, they look like the clip part on the end of a swivel, and tie your leader to the small round end of the clip. The larger end will have a small hook on it just like the regular clips on the swivels. We use this little clip to directly attach the steelhead jig to. Because of the round bend on the clip itself, it gives the jig the ability to move more freely through the water, giving it more action as it flows through the current, unlike the clinch knot. We have been using these little clips for years and they work great! They make it a fast and easy step in changing jigs and not having to retie your leader on again each time you want to make a change.
I hope this bit of info will help you catch more fish. Good luck and keep fishing!
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