Weight and Bait

* Cut an 18-inch piece of line off the main line on your fishing rod.

* Slip an egg (slip) sinker on your main line. (Ask for one at the fishing shop.)

* Tie a small barrel swivel or snap swivel on the end of the line to keep the sinker from slipping off the line. At the other end of the swivel tie the 18 inches of loose line and a No. 6 hook.

* Look at the sinker. It can't go past the swivel, so when you cast, it stays 18 inches above the hook. If you pull on the hook, the line slips through the sinker. You can pull 2 or 3 feet of line through the sinker.

The point is, the fish can pick up the bait and swim with it without feeling the sinker. But you will know the fish is taking the bait because your line will start running out.

* Bait the hook. Put the marshmallow on first and push it up to to the eye of the hook.

* Put on a worm. The marshmallow keeps the worm off the bottom of the lake, reservoir or pond and makes it more attractive to fish.

The marshmallow-worm combo with a slip sinker is one of the most common fishing rigs in Idaho.

You can substitute other bait, like salmon eggs, corn, PowerBait and marshmallows or whatever combination you want.

You also can use cheese baits that come in garlic and anise flavors. Trout also like Velveeta cheese. (No kidding!)