Over the past couple months I have been going through the courses over at Faculty of Fishing, these courses are getting more and more in-depth the farther I go into them, but isn’t that what is expected? What wasn’t expected was what they covered and how the courses went over the material. Each choice made when the Faculty of Fishing courses were made would decide how the person taking the courses would learn; they did an excellent job at encompassing all of the learning styles into the material
In Part One of our review I talked about just the first few lessons of the course, these went over the basics of fish biology, underwater environments, and getting the proper technique for your day out on the water. Next up was gear selection, how to read seasonal movements, in-depth knowledge of water, food chain, and goes over all of the styles of hooks. This is the information that anglers can use to help them win tournaments, I firmly believe that this information will help anglers win more tournaments out on the water.
The first half of Part Two of the course is over rods and reels. While most anglers will say they know exactly what rod and reel combinations to use for certain techniques they are often missing some key points behind why certain combos are better for certain presentations. This lesson did an excellent job of going over when and why to use a high modulus rod or low modulus rod and how to pick a reel that will take advantage of that rod type. They even go into caring for your rods and reels, talking about how to ensure your rod guides are still good. There is nothing worse than have a rod guide destroy your line while fighting a fish!
The second half of Part Two of the course is over the wide variety of lines. In this lesson they go over how to select line for specific jobs, mostly being diameter, abrasion resistance, stretch, and buoyancy. While these are all very important factors when choosing line, there are also more in-depth reasons to why you should choose line types over other line types.
Next up is Part Three; this is where stuff starts to get really good for the experienced angler! The first lesson is this part goes over seasonal movements for the varying species of fish and how water temperature affects each kind of fish’s behavior. This is the information that money is made on, an angler needs to know about the seasonal and daily movements of the fish that they are trying to catch, without that the angler won’t be winning tournaments anytime soon.
The second lesson in this part flows perfectly with the first lesson, water properties. This will help to reinforce what was learned in the first lesson by not only further explaining why fish will use a certain part of the water column and lake to move around but also goes into where the fish will be hanging out at in the water under certain conditions. Being able to understand the body of water is vital to understanding how the fish will feed, understanding how they feed will allow the angler to select the right lure for the right conditions.
Lesson three of this section goes over the food chain. Like we previously said being able to understand the food chain will allow you to choose the right tackle for the day on the water. The food chain starts with being able to read aquatic plant life and goes all the way up to the top level predators in the water. What most anglers will need to focus on though is the baitfish, insects, and other aquatic life. This lesson goes into how to choose the proper lure for each circumstance and how to think like the aquatic life you are trying to mimic.
The final lesson in this section is all about hooks. Faculty of Fishing setup the courses so that the angler will gain a foundation of knowledge and then they build on that foundation, this is a perfect example. After selecting what the fish are feeding on you will need to decide what style of hook you need to use that allows for the proper action to mimic that food source. There is a wide variety of hooks to choose from in today’s market, and it can be a daunting task, but with the information supplied in this lesson you will have no problem understand why a certain hook is better for certain presentations.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; I have full faith in the Faculty of Fishing courses. These courses have helped me not only become a more knowledgeable angler but also a more confident angler, and really, confidence is a must out on the water.
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