A while ago I posted a video on my youtube channel about an alternative to EZ Keepers which are used by tenkara anglers for line storage. It was cheekily suggested that I might be a cheap Scot and while I prefer to think of it as thrift there may be something in it.
I also posted to this blog how to go fly fishing for less than a fiver, of course for this you require a venue that's free to fish. Basically for this I went fixed line fly fishing with a cheap pole from the pound shop and while it wasn't as nice as fishing a tenkara rod it was effective and since then I've fished this way successfully on a few occasions.
As a kid I didn't have a lot in the way of spare cash so most of what I came by was through wily negotiation with other kids in my neck of the woods. It was possible to swap your way through a few friends and end up with what you wanted, sometimes I would come off worse but generally I did quite well out if these swaps. Not having much cash meant being inventive about my fishing tackle and I guess some of that thrift stayed with me. I remember ledgering with a hookles spoon as a weight then putting the hook back on to do a bit of spinning. Our street looked like it had a mole infestation during the trout season as we dug up anywhere in search of worms. I also remember using wine corks as floats or plastic bottle tops, in those days anything that wouldn't sink was a float and if it would sink it was a weight. I remember catching mackerel hand-lining tin foil on a hook and being amazed at how any fish could be fooled by such a tactic.
I thought it might be fun this year to experiment with fishing on the cheap and the best way to do this is with a fixed line, I plan to fish the fly, bait and lures for as many species as I can using the cheapest setup I can. This will challenge me to think about how to reduce the cost of everything and will probably lead to me making as much of my own tackle as possible.
It's in fly fishing probably this is easiest to achieve as the same fly can be used over and over again and if dry fly was the method losing that fly becomes less likely. For bait fishing I will need to make some floats which should be fun to experiment with and lures will also be a challenge. I have some ideas already for this and I've made some lures before but I dont hafe much experience in this area.
My shopping list for this wee project:
3m telescopic pole rod suitable for all styles and waters.
Hi-vis main line
Packet of hooks (mixed sizes)
Everything else I'll try to make from common houshold stuff, of course my household stuff may be different from yours but my aim will be to keep it simple.
My species target list:
Trout, Roach, Perch, Pike, Minnow, and any sea dwelling critter I can hook.
I'd like to add Grayling to this list but if I'm honest I rarely have the opportunity to target them.
My techniques list:
Dry, Wet & Nymph fly fishing,
Float, Ledger & Free line bait fishing,
Soft & Hard lure fishing.
My water list:
Rivers & burns
Canals & ponds
Along with my posts I'll be trying to include a bit of video and images to show the tackle and techniques I'm using for "fishing on the cheap".