Your first winter fishing rod
A fishing rod has been known to anglers for a long time, over several centuries it has evolved from a simple juniper rod to a modern structure that has dozens of modifications – with and without coils, with brakes of various kinds, all kinds of whips, nods and, finally, mormyshki of all imaginable sizes and colors.
But I see my task not in describing the history and features of fishing rods existing today, but in attracting as many beginning anglers to winter fishing as possible. I will try to save them from making many mistakes and help to overcome the difficulties that he once encountered.
Of course, I do not pretend to be the ultimate truth, since tackles for winter fishing will continue to be improved – stronger and lighter fishing rod materials, thin and strong fishing lines, hooks and mormyshki of new generations, and most importantly, new ideas and developments.
It is very difficult to begin your journey in fishing with success, not disappointment. Well, if there is an experienced mentor who will show you how to set up your gear, tell you how to search and fish. And if there isn’t such a number … I’ll try to at least partially replace it.
The main thing at the very beginning of a fishing biography is to believe in yourself, make sure that you can fish on his tackle and that he can do it. I think that winter fishing for beginners, especially on the first and last ice, is more attractive than summer fishing. Fish under ice, especially opaque, is not as shy as in summer. Indeed, in the summer she sees well not only what is happening in the water column, but also what is being done above the surface of the reservoir …
In addition, in winter you can search for fish sites more purposefully and over large areas – during this time, almost the entire body of water becomes accessible.
Lined up in an uneven chain, fishermen sitting on ice can indicate a bream brow, and ice beaten by holes, and even with ice from the fish being pulled out and traces of bait, will most likely indicate where the fish has taken root, and perhaps even feeds now.
If in the summer next to the fisherman who has already taken a place, and who also bites, it’s quite difficult to settle down without ruining his fishing, then in winter, especially in popular reservoirs, fishermen or drilled holes can be one of the guidelines in search of a place. Bait can also be used very accurately from ice, which is not always possible to do in summer, especially during the course.
It is winter fishing that can quickly instill a sense of trust in one’s own gear and give confidence in one’s abilities. An important factor is the cost of fishing. In winter, it is significantly lower than in summer (this applies to gear and bait, of course, of good quality).
The fishing rod for fishing with the mormyshka should fit well in the hand and be light enough, made of non-heat-conducting material, since it is often necessary to catch the mormyshka with its bare hand. You can, of course, catch in mittens or mittens, but with about the same success as playing the piano with gloves on. A good winter fishing rod becomes, as it were, an extension of the fisherman’s hand, a subtle tool for managing the bait.
After many years of practical fishing in the water bodies of the Moscow Region (where fish, as a rule, is more capricious than on the lakes and rivers of remote regions), having made and tried several dozen models, I came, like many of my friends in amateur and sports fishing, to one type fishing rods, simply called “balalaika.” This is not my invention, but the fruit of the ingenious imagination of one of the famous Moscow fishermen. The fishing rod, in my opinion, is the most versatile and suitable for fishing both in shallow water and in depth.
A reel is hidden in her hilt, which greatly expands the possibilities of the angler, allowing him to quickly and accurately change the descent, to have a sufficient supply of fishing line. The body of the fishing rod glides well on ice and snow when a fisherman drags it by a fishing line, moving from hole to hole, or discards it when fishing the fish.