Fishing is one of the oldest and most popular sports of all time. Fishing is an age-old sport that has attracted many a person to its whiles. A lot of people really like fishing and Idaho is one of the best places on the planet to get it done. There are lakes that you can cast your line out into and there are rivers that you can wander up and down searching for the best hold where the fish might be swimming along. But fishing is not as simple as you might think. It is not just throwing a bit of baited line into the water and waiting for the right time to yank on that line. There are many different kinds of fishing and some of them are not gone about in a way that you might necessarily expect. I would like to introduce you to the many different worlds of fishing and how you might go about taking part in the sport.
To being with, there are four major forms of fishing. At least, it is my personal belief that there are four and any others are subcategories or do not exactly belong to a category. The four that I recognize are regular angling on a lake, regular angling on a river, fly-fishing, and deep-sea fishing. Obviously, deep-sea fishing is not so much of an option for land-locked Idaho, so we will not be getting into that, but all of the others are definitely something you can do if you are in the Gem State. Obviously, there are other forms of fishing, but I would contend that they are too specific or too industrialized for the average fishing excursion. So, let us get into lake fishing, river fishing, and fly fishing.
Lake fishing is what you think of when you think of sitting by a large body of water and casting your line out. The sun can be shining or not and you can have a chair or not, but you have a whole bunch of water in front of you and, if you are lucky, it is full of fish who are ready to be dubious about the food that drops in on top of them. My opinion of lake fishing is a little bit dubious as well. For myself, the chief virtue of lake fishing is to be comfortable and relax. Sure, you can catch some fish and maybe even in large quantities, but all you are doing is sitting by the shore and throwing out your line on occasion. There is skill involved in lake fishing, but it is not as extreme as what is required for other forms of fishing. In fact, this makes it a great place to start if you have never done any fishing of your own. You can up to the more intense forms of fishing that require a certain amount of experience if you want to do it right in a reasonable amount of time. However, this is not to dismiss the relaxing experience that lake fishing is. You do not have to do much work to find where the fish will be, and you might not even really need to care about catching anything at all. A lot of people lake fish just for the experience of reclining by the water and letting the line go wherever it wants. It is more about the day-off than catching some fish and I respect that.
River fishing, on the other hand, is more work than your typical day-off. You have to know what you are doing, and you have to have the right equipment for it. A river is a long and complex thing and is not as simple as just throwing your line wherever. Fish like to congregate in certain areas where the current is ideal for their swimming and resting habits and they like different amounts of shade and cover for the water they hang around in. In many ways, river fishing is as close as you get to hunting. You have to actually search for where the fish might be and use your knowledge of where the fish like to hang out. You also cannot stay in one place, casting out again and again. The fish could be anywhere along the river or they could be nowhere along the river (Though the latter is extremely unlikely). If you stay in one place and keep trying the same spots over and over again you are not going to find any fish. Fishing along a river can be quite the adventure and yield in many different rewards, either in experiences or in fish caught.
Fly-fishing is probably the most technically difficult of the different forms of fishing and it requires a whole different set of equipment. A fly-fishing pole is very different from a regular fishing pole and the bait is very different. You also need a different kind of line that is lighter and harder for fish to spot. Basically, the idea behind fly-fishing is that you flail around your line in the air trying to mimic the actions of a fly for any fish that might be hanging around beneath the surface, generally of a river. You want to trick the fish into thinking they have just seen a juicy fly going over the top of the water and that it just fell into the river, waiting for them to take advantage of its distress. When they move in for the kill, you do the same and rip them out of the water. Or rather, you tug gently to catch them and then reel them in until the fish is in your grasp. Fly-fishing is not always something you can just jump into and be successful.