If you’re a longtime angler, chances are you’ve enjoyed the company you’ve kept as much as the fishing itself. One of the best parts of the sport is that you get to do it with friends, family, and the people you really care about.
Eventually, you’ll have someone in your life that you know would be a great person to fish with and would enjoy themselves, but they’ve never even attempted the sport before and aren’t sure if they want to start now. This could be a friend, coworker, romantic partner, member of your family, but the question remains the same regardless – how do I get them into fishing? Well, here are a few tips:
Keep It Short at First
Once you’ve determined that the interest in fishing is mutual, you can schedule your first outing. Try to keep it short the first time around – while you may be capable of going all day, this may be overwhelming for them as there is so much to learn. You don’t want them to become bored, but instead want to leave them wanting more.
Pick the Right Time and Day
If your first time out on the water was a rainy, cold, and gray day, would you have been excited to go back for a second time? The same goes for your friend. Make sure you pick a day where the weather is supposed to be nice – blue skies, not too hot or cold, no rain. They’ll associate their first fishing outing with pleasant weather.
Be A Patient Teacher
For those who have been fishing since youth, so much of what you do becomes second nature. You do it without even thinking about it. But you have to consider that your friend doesn’t know the first thing about what you’re doing. You’re going to have to explain everything from technique to the utility of baits and lures, to why you’re going to a certain location. And they’ll have a lot of questions, so it’s important to answer all of them patiently.
If you’re looking to get a friend into fishing and want to find them the perfect rod, Signature Fishing Rods is the place to go. Be on the lookout for our shop page feature, which will allow users to enter a price range, rod length, rod type, and type of fish you’re seeking. This will produce a list of rods that have the characteristics you’re looking for. Feel free to give us a call at 630.234.6214 with any questions!