Chris shares his five top tips and insights for spring fishing this year
#1 Fish through the winter
You need to be in tune when you’re fishing. If you want the advantage on the first day the fishing season opens properly in the spring, then you need to fish in the winter. That way you’ll be aware of the changes in the rivers and lakes over the cold months which will help to really target your fish. This winter saw the Finygo testing team fishing more than any of us have fished in the past. Fishing in winter is harder and the skills we learned (and behaviour we logged in the app) are already helping us catch more fish as the days grow longer.
#2 Review your history
It has been a full year since you last fished in these conditions. Most of us forget the important details, so if you have an angling journal of any type, now is the time to pick it up and refresh your memory of what worked this time last year and what didn’t. We absolutely know that the best anglers out there use diaries. If you want to be one of the 10% of anglers who catch 90% of the fish, this is generally the best way.
#3 You can put it in, but you can’t take it out!
This applies to bait fishers. If you are bait fishing, don’t put in too much feed because you can’t take it out again! If you overfeed your fish when trying to attract them into your swim, you won’t get anything back. A great hint passed to me (cheers Harry!) feed little and often and with great accuracy!
#4 Approach with Caution
Spring fish are often unaggressive, wary and difficult to catch. With fly fishing and lure fishing, be slower in your approach to the water, stamping up to the gin-clear, low algal content streams and rivers of spring will only see you rewarded with fish swimming off in all directions. At least you’ll see them though! For bait fishers, longer hook lengths are the key here. This winter we found ourselves fishing hook lengths of up to 1.5m as the more cautious fish stayed clear of our free offerings!
#5 More Patience
Fish in the winter move more slowly because they are cold blooded. This means they won’t move off with your bait quickly. While in the summer you may ‘sit on your hands’ and wait for a more positive bite, in winter you should typically strike the slightest knock on the line. Handy for Alex our novice, as the practice has really helped her improve her strike and land a lot more fish.
Record your own insights
If you are interested in recording your own insights and analysing your angling experiences at the places you fish, and you would like to help us test, sign up to get the free Finygo fishing app early here.