Types of equipment commonly used in freshwater fishing in BC

Rick Funk

Anyone who has ever been fishing knows that it takes a little bit more than tossing a line and lure into the water and hoping you catch a fish. There is a lot of equipment necessary to have a truly successful fishing trip. When you are prepping for your fishing trip, there are some things that you need to bring along. Here is our list of what needs to go into your freshwater tackle box if you are a first-time fisher!

The Tackle Box

You don’t need to get the Cadillac of tackle boxes when you are starting out. A latching, one-tray box is excellent for a first-timer, as you will not yet have amassed a collection of lures and tools that need careful storage. Tackle boxes are inexpensive enough that you can start up small and purchase a new, bigger box when the time comes.

Rod and Reel

Rods and reels are arguably the most essential tools that you will be purchasing when you are going freshwater fishing. You cannot fish without a rod and reel. You can buy a rod and reel separately as well as together, and if it is your first time fishing then buying them as a set is recommended. There are an incredibly large amount of reels, but beginners are advised to stick with a spin cast type.


Hooks come in more than one size and depending on what kind of fish you are trying to catch you need different sizes. You will want to start off with hooks that range in size 6/0 to 2/0.


What a bobber does is help suspend your line at the right height to attract fish. Without a bobber, your line will sink as low as the amount of line you cast. Bobbers help first-time fishers on their casts and are highly recommended.

Fishing Line

There are three main types of fishing line: monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid. If you are new to fishing and buying a fishing line that is pre-spooled, you are most likely going to be using monofilament, or nylon, fishing line. Always bring a backup line, in case your first line needs to be cut or snaps. You do not want your fishing trip cut short because your line breaks.

A swivel helps keep your fishing line from twisting. It is attached before the lure to the fishing line.


A jig is a type of feather lure that can look very attractive to fish. It is attached to the shank of a hook.

Pliers and Fingernail Clippers

You want to bring along needle-nose pliers to remove hooks from the mouths of fish and fingernail clippers to help cut your fishing line.

A Mentor

Bringing along a more experienced angler is a great way to ensure you have a good day fishing. They will be able to help you out and get you up and be running faster than if you were by yourself. If you do not have someone to go with you though, then the experienced staff at Funky Fishing is here to help. Our fishing tours feature some of the best lower mainland fishing. B.C. This area is home to some of the best fishing spots in the world, and we want you to experience it for yourself. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner all are welcome at Funky Fishing. Contact us today.