Fishing doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. All you really need are the basics

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comFebruary 28, 2008 

Fishing doesn't have to be complicated, especially if you're trying to get kids to catch something. Here are some tips for getting started:

* Rod and reel: Get a medium-weight spinning rod. Use it to catch everything from crappie to pan-size trout. A combo package will cost about $40. You can get a kid's combination set-up even cheaper.

* Reel and line: If you don't get a rod/reel combination, ask for a medium-weight spinning reel, which is good for all-around fishing. Don't buy the cheapest line. Spend a few dollars more for decent 4-pound to 8-pound test line.

* Tackle: Buy some hooks, split shots and bobbers so you can fish either on top or bottom of a lake, reservoir or pond.

* Bait: Bait fishing is the easiest for beginners. Use worms, salmon eggs, corn or PowerBait. If you're fishing on the bottom, use a small marshmallow to float your worm just off the bottom.

* Fishing license: One is needed for 14 years or older. If you're a parent helping your child cast or reel in a fish, you need one. An adult fishing license costs $25.75, a junior license for ages 14-17 is $13.75. Licenses are available at Department of Fish and Game offices and most sporting goods stores.

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