On a guided trip, the goal would be to fish as much as possible in the most productive spots. The River Fishing classes will be more of a teaching experience focusing on learning river fishing techniques, lures to use, how to read the water and concentrating on learning a specific area of the Fox River. The classes cover as much water as possible in about 5 hours, that way you gain confidence in a stretch of water. You know where to walk and where not to. Though we will be fishing, the goal is to give an angler enough information that they can come back to the river and apply what they've learned at their own pace and throughout the year.
We will be wading, even at high water, so dress appropriately.
Classes should start by 7 a.m. and will end by noon. This is one of the best times of the day to be out and will increase our odds of tying into fish as we try to cover as much water as possible.
What will be covered
Following is a list that will give you an idea of all that will be covered:
- How to read water effectively
- Fish species location and movement
- Locating prime eddies and why they are good ones
- High water dabbling techniques
- Using other tackle effectively
- Seasonal approaches to specific areas
This will be a lot of information, but you will walk away with a better understanding of river fishing in general and a specific area in particular.
What to bring
A medium or medium light spinning rod outfit and a reel spooled with 6 or 8 pound test would be best. If you prefer to fly fish, contact me and we will go over the details.
Waders or clothes and shoes appropriate for wading.
I will have a variety of jigs, twisters, rapalas and other lures that I will be demonstrating with. Bring any of these lures and others that you feel is appropriate. My own fishing technique concentrates more on where to fish. It's then a matter of getting a lure to where you think the fish are.
There's a good chance we will be conducting the class no matter what the conditions. This will give you a better idea of how to switch tactics accordingly. It may also require that you bring rain gear, sunscreen or gloves, so be prepared.