Remember learning to ride a bicycle? Learning to skate? Learning to swim? When you try a new activity it takes awhile before it comes naturally, and fishing is no exception.
Probably the best way to learn to fish is beside someone who’s experienced. But even if you don’t have a fishing pal, you can still get in on the action. Check sporting-goods stores for fishing clinics, or ask staff for pointers. Visit a local fishing hole and watch the action. Consider swapping skills with friends or neighbors who are fishing veterans. The basic, tried-and-true methods outlined below will help you get started. The WDFW youth fishing website also offers illustrated information on basic fishing techniques and equipment.