River fishing can be accomplished in three main ways; by fishing from the shore, by fishing from a boat, and by wading in the river that you are fishing. I have been river fishing for more than two decades and have engaged in all three methods mentioned above, with my favorite by far being wading in the river that I am fishing. Because I enjoy river fishing by wading in the river that I’m fishing so much, I have spent a majority of my time river fishing in this manner and have learned some very effective tips and techniques that have helped me experience a ton of river fishing success.
In this article I will outline a few of these tips techniques so that you can begin catching more fish while you are wading in the river that you are fishing. The first tip is to “tread lightly” when you are wading. Remember sound travels great distances under the water, and rocks and gravel can make quite a “ruckus”. The sound of rocks and gravel smacking together can easily “spook” the fish that you are attempting to catch and if a fish becomes “spooked” it is much more difficult to catch. When wading you want to “tread lightly” and “step softly” as much as possible so as not to “spook” the fish that you are attempting to catch.
If you are truly interested in catching more fish while wading in the river that you are fishing one of the best baits for many species of fish are live worms. While live worms (such as red worms and night crawlers) are very effective bait for river fishing, there are two issues that many wading fishermen don’t have an effective answer for. Those issues are carrying they’re live worms and rigging their live worms effectively.
Let’s start with carrying live worms while you are wading. An effective live worm carrier is of the utmost importance when you are wading in the river that you are fishing. This way your worms are always at your fingertips for easy access, which saves a ton of time when baiting up and/or re-baiting. Once you use a worm carrier once, you’ll wonder how you ever went river fishing without one.
The next issue that wading river fishing anglers deal with is the most effective way to rig their live worms. Rather than attempting to “thread” a live worm onto a single fishing hook a set of gang hooks should be used anytime that you are river fishing. Gang hooks are two small fishing hooks tied in tandem, which enable a live worm to be presented in an outstretched and natural manner. While this may not seem like a big deal, presenting your worm in a natural manner makes them much more effective, especially when fishing in a river.
The next time that you are river fishing while wading keep these simple tips in mind and you will begin catching more fish. The bottom line is that these simple river fishing tips should be added to your fishing repertoire sooner, rather than later.