Ask Outdoors Girl: Can you recommend a course on fishing basics?

April 11, 2010|By Candus Thomson

David Bennett writes: Can you recommend a course - either free or paid - that teaches how to string up a reel, choose a rod, the correct line, etc.? I have seen courses offered at the Bass Pro Shops but nothing as basic as how to perform these tasks. In fact, most have to do with fly fishing.

Outdoors Girl replies: Basic tutorials for adults are hard to come by. The Baltimore Sun lists plenty of fishing derby opportunities for kids and lots of tournaments for adults each week, but the sport isn't going to grow unless someone steps up to the plate and provides the basics. You don't mention whether you'd like to pursue freshwater or saltwater fishing, so I'll offer a few options. On the freshwater side, there's Trout Unlimited. Although its members tend to favor fly fishing, many of them are good with a spinning rod as well. A list of contacts and Maryland chapter officers can be found at mdtu.org. The Potomac-Patuxent chapter is at pptu.org. If saltwater is your game, contact the nearest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association. The master chapter listing is at mssa.org. Another option is to stop by Baltimore's oldest tackle shop (est. 1916), Tochterman's, at 1925 Eastern Ave., and ask for Tony or Dee (they own the joint). They have tutored many a budding angler - adult and child - with patience, good humor and, most importantly, good advice. Good luck and have fun.

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